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A Jane Austen Celebration coming to Noe Valley March 20, 2017

Noe Valley Word Week

Word Week ScheduleGet ready to visit eighteenth and early nineteenth century England right here in Noe Valley, San Francisco! On March 20, 2017, Noe Valley will be hosting A Jane Austen Celebration as part of the popular Word Week event.

When: Monday, March 20, 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: Umpqua Bank, 3938 24th Street
Price: FREE
More information:

As part of A Jane Austen Celebration, USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors, Cara Black and Mary McNear, will read from Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, novelist and poet, Marylee McNeal, will read from Mansfield Park, and Richard May, a short story author, will read from Persuasion.

Danine Cozzens will speak as well, highlighting the inspiration and fascination that Jane Austen’s books continue to draw avid readers to even today, more than two hundred years after the life of the famous novelist. Cozzens is the co-chair of the Jane Austen Society of the Northern California Region. For the past thirty years, she has pursued research of the music, food, dancing, and costume of Regency era life.

If that isn’t enough reason to come out to this free event, there will also be Jane Austen inspired door prizes that will be awarded to lucky attendees. Netherfield punch will also be served.

The 11th annual Word Week, Noe Valley’s literary festival, is produced by the Friends of Noe Valley neighborhood association. Richard May began Word Week in 2007 as a project of the Friends of Noe Valley neighborhood association. Friends of Noe Valley organizes different events throughout the year as a way for neighbors to meet in Noe Valley. Noe Valley is a unique part of San Francisco by having a wealth of writers and illustrators living in the area.

Friends of Noe Valley is an organization of people who believe that knowing your neighbors creates community, which is key to having a safe and vibrant neighborhood. Throughout the year, the group will arrange fundraising projects, musical and literary events, educational and civic forums, family events, and parties. Word Week is one of Noe Valley’s annual events that brings neighbors and the community together.

About the authors:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Mary McNear, is the author of the Butternut Lake series from William Morrow. The inspiration for her novels comes from a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest. The sixth Butternut Lake novel will be published this June.

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 16 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series set in Paris, beginning with Murder in the Marais published in 1999. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, and the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal. Her love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school, where Cara first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary.

MaryLee McNeal studied Jane Austen for her oral exams at San Francisco State, where her novel, Home Again, Home Again, won the Clark award in 1989. Since then she has been writing both fiction and poetry. She has completed a collection of linked short stories, Another Wyoming, and is presently working on a second novel. Her two poetry chapbooks are The Space Between Us, which won the Bear Mountain Press Award, and The Way We Fall. She lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Richard May writes short stories. His work has been published in his two short story collections Inhuman Beings and Ginger Snaps: Photos & Stories with photographer David Sweet. He first read Jane Austen in the 10th grade and is the proud owner of extensive Jane Austen paraphernalia.

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