If you ever lived in Italy or know an Italian person well, you know that Italians never plan anything important or special on the 17th of the month. They'd rather do nothing on the 17th: skip the day, sleep it off, and rip the date out of the calendar pages, because within the fatalistic system of numbers that in Italy explains your life and dreams, 17 is the number for Bad Luck—La Disgrazia—dispenser of the smallest and greatest misfortunes.
So, can you imagine how we feel now that the year is 2017?
Come find out tonight, 1/17/17 (!), and join Sara for a special night in which she will try to undo the bad spell with a reading dedicated to the memory of her father on the anniversary of his passing.
Sara Marinelli is a writer from Naples, Italy, and lives in San Francisco. Like her heart, her writing is split between English and Italian. Her work appears in New American Writing, Blue Mesa Review, and many Italian publications. She has a PhD in English from the University of Rome, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Sara is also a translator, and teaches Literature at the University of San Francisco. For her fiction, she was awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, and BANFF Center for the Arts. She is working on a novel about family grief, set in a religious and superstitious Naples.
Portrait by Dasha Jakobson.
Hosted by Joyce O.