September 2014 Calendar of Literary Events
The monthly calendar reflects announcements that literary folk from the area have sent to us. To get a more complete list of author-events and workshop schedules, addresses and directions to the event locations, as well as bios of the presenters, you can use the links below.
Please send your calendar announcements, text only (no attachments or PDFs please), no later than noon on the last day of each month. Calendar entries are easier to include if they follow the format you see here (Day, date, time: event, cost, location, contact). Events should be within an hour’s drive of Sonoma County. Send your announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Lengthy announcements will be edited. Where possible, please provide a link to a web page with complete details.
Book Passage www.bookpassage.com
Center Literary Café email@example.com
Copperfield’s Books www.copperfields.net
Petaluma Writers’ Forum and Jumpstart Writing Workshops: www.thewritespot.us
Readers’ Books www.readersbooks.com
Redwood Writers www.redwoodwriters.org
Sebastopol Center for the Arts www.sebarts.org
Sitting Room www.sittingroom.org
Sonoma Arts Literary Calendar www.sonomaarts.com
WordTemple Poetry Series www.wordtemple.com
Monday, September 1, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. No need to check your calendar; it is indeed happening on Labor Day. Featuring two wonderful poets: Ethel Mays and Judy Bebelaar, followed by the usual open mic. After you tire of the picnics and beer, family, and hoopla, wander on down to the Aqus Cafe (189 H Street in Petaluma) for a gastronomic and auditory dessert. See facebook page for details.
Thursdays, September 4-25, 6:30-9:00 p.m. True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison; $100-175/sliding scale. Undercover Baking Agency, 463 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. firstname.lastname@example.org. See Workshops page for details.
Thursday, September 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Michelle Wing, author of Body on the Wall and co-editor of Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, and novelist and short-story writer Amanda McTigue, author of Going to Solace. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.
Thursday, September 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announces a workshop on HOW TO WRITE OPENINGS THAT HOOK READERS by author Annemarie O’Brien. This meeting will be held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 282 S. High Street (left side door), Sebastopol, CA and is open to the public. Donation $10 for members, $15 for non-members with pre-registration on-line. $15 for members, $20 for non-members at the door. Visit the speaker’s website at http://annemarieobrienauthor.com.Registration: Click here to pre-register. Contact ctmarkee(at)gmail.com.
Friday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. Brave New Worlds at Copperfields hosts emerging and established science fiction, speculative fiction, horror and fantasy authors. Featuring John Scalzi, author of Lock In. When a virus blasts the nation, leaving an unfortunate one percent so they can’t speak or even move, scientists come to the rescue with an initiative that allows these locked in to use the bodies of others as their own. Copperfields Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-john-scalzi
Sunday, September 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. First Sunday Writing/Acting Group Open Mic:pm: RSVP ONLY for this new group, email@example.com. Opportunity to try out your writing and/or dramatization skills for supportive listeners. Bring a performance poem, some short monologues, and/or a short story, memorized or read, written by you or someone else. Listeners welcome. Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Fee is $5. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. *Please come scent free. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/
Sunday, September 7, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Geri Digiorno, her sister, Nancy Keane, and her daughter, Michelle Baynes will be reading. Smooth Toad (GP Skratz and company) will be coming up from Berkeley to provide their eclectic & wonderful poetry and music. At Redwood Cafe First Sunday Poetry & Music Series. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati.
Monday, September 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The UUCSR Writers regular monthly meeting: Writer presentations of a work in progress. Novelists, poets, memoirists, screenwriters, whatever your chosen work, come and share your written words with us. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. If you plan to attend, email Georgette G. deBlois: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Hear five authors read from their books, followed by Q & A from the audience. Featured authors are Will Shonbrun, Falling Upstate (fiction); Pamela Fender, Beside Myself (memoir); Sabrina Rawson, Briksanna’s Sacrifice (adult fantasy romance); Dianna L. Grayer, Ph.D, Journaling (workbook for self-esteem); Waights Taylor, Jr., Kiss of Salvation (detective novel). Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or Local Author’s Distributor: email@example.com
Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. Readings from Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the Vona/Voices Writing Workshop. Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz and Diem Jones in 1999 to change the landscape for writers of color. This reading from the anthology featuring VONA alum and its award-winning teachers is coordinated by writer Sasha Hom. Copperfields Sebastopol, 138 N Main St., Sebastopol. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/readings-dismantle-anthology-writing-vonavoices-writing-workshop
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents an evening of treasured authors reading on the theme of “Treasure.” Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. Featuring: Faith Adiele, Lucy Corin, Ali Eteraz, Mary-Rose Hayes, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Angela Pnueman, Linda Gray Sexton and Renee Swindle. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Why There Are Words is an award-winning literary reading series curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell. For complete details including the authors’ full bios, see: http://whytherearewords.com
Thursday, September 11, 7:30 p.m. Second of two 40th anniversary celebrations for Taurean Horn Press at Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Suite 101, Sebastopol. Bill Varnaw will be reading with Avotcja, whose With Every Step I Take Taurean Horn published last year. Avotcja was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Berkeley Poetry Festival this year. She is a wonderful, rhythmic reader. She has an award-winning CD with her jazz group, Avotcja & Modupue. Check out her website: www.avotcja.org
Friday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. Ellen Sussman, reads from A Wedding in Provence. When Olivia and Brody drive up to their friend’s idyllic inn—nestled in a valley in the Mediterranean town of Cassis—they know they’ve chosen the perfect spot for their intimate wedding. But as the guests begin to arrive, disruption follows. Copperfields Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-john-scalzi
Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. Poet-orio For Mother Earth is a unique multi-arts event exploring connections with the living world. Poets Jane Hirshfield and Linda Pastan (visiting from Maryland) read from their work. Host Joyce Kouffman premieres her symphonic music plus original short films inspired by the poems. A jazz trio featuring pianist Mary Watkins performs… and more. At the Point Reyes Station Presbyterian Church, 11445 Highway One. $20 advance (recommended); $25 at the door. Info and tickets: www.JoyceJazz.com
Sunday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts. Book Launch for Jeane Slone’s historical fiction novel, She Was an American Spy in World War II. The novel is about how young women were recruited to become spies, what basic training and finishing school was like and real missions they were sent on. Reading plus power point presentation filled with unusual as well as funny stories about spy camp. Free Admission. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, corner of Bohemian and Graton Rds. More info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.org
Sunday, September 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Redwood Writers General Meeting: Twenty-two-year publishing veteran Brenda Knight shares insider tips on the publishing process when she appears at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Redwood Writers. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Tuesday, September 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m. The Russian River Senior Center Open Mic. A fun afternoon of musicians, singers, comedians, storytellers, and poets hosted by Sher and John Christian. Call 70- 869-0618 to sign-up asap for your ten minute claim to fame. Donations appreciated. 15010 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/
Wednesday mornings, September 17 and 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This is an ongoing circle for women who want a continuous writing practice with the support of like-minded writers. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. Held at a private cottage in Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com
Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. Debut Brews with Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves. The Debut Brews series introduces readers to exciting new fiction writers at our favorite local brew pub. Events are free and open to all, but if you buy a book the first draft’s on Copperfields! This multigenerational debut novel of an Irish- American family follows Eileen Tumulty as she meets Ed Leary, the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same post WWII American Dream. Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/debut-brews-matthew-thomas
Wednesday evenings, September 17 and 24, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Relax into the evening with gentle rhythms, earth-based healing practices, and guided meditation. Restore balance and self-awareness as you tenderly explore the stories of your life within a safe, supportive circle of women. This is an ongoing circle held in the private lounge at Bliss Organic Day Spa in downtown Sebastopol. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com
Thursday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum of Petaluma Presenter Sharon Hamilton shares her secret to success with being a published author. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. $10 at the door. Details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.html
Saturday, September 20, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Tending the Fire, Spirit and Heart of the Writer: a one-day writing retreat for women” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Write for healing, self-awareness, and spiritual growth. This one-day retreat begins with meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. The format includes two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Future sessions include two days October 25/26 and one day November 8. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $97. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, September 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Poetry reading, discussion and signing with Michelle Wing, author of Body on the Wall and co-editor of Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence. Free. At the Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. For more information, call (707) 894-5271 or go to http://sonomalibrary.org/locations/cloverdale-regional-library.
Saturday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series, featuring Gillian Conoley, Danusha Laméris, William Greenwood. At Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. For more information, please visit www.wordtemple.com.
Sunday, September 21, 11 a.m to 7:00 p.m. The 19th Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk takes place at eight venues, beginning at the Seed Bank and ending at Aqus Cafe. See www.petalumapoetrywalk.org for schedule. Featured poets: Beverly Burch, Donna Emerson, John Johnson, Dick Bakken, Adelle Foley, Jack Foley, Michelle Baynes, Geri Digiorno, Nancy Keane, Joyce Jenkins, Jeanne Powell, Kim Shuck, Molly Fisk, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Nancy Daughterty, Nancy Long. Eileen Malone, Katherine Hastings, Ron Salisbury, Lynn Watson, Clara Bellino, Marvin Hiemstra, Kirk Lumpkin and David Madgalene.
Sunday, September 21, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Our featured reader is Jean Wong, author of Sleeping with the Gods, an award winning poet, memoir, and fiction writer. Her work has been produced by the 6th Avenue Playhouse, Petaluma Reader’s Theater, and Off The Page. http://lijeanwong.blogspot.com/ http://www.sonic.net/~marcjean/jean/. Donation: $3 to $10. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers creates warm camaraderie. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else, if you like. *Please come scent free. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/
Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading: Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jan Beatty. Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco.
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature readers Molly Giles, Peg Alfred Pursell, and Siamak Vossoughi. Open mic follows (Five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Six evening workshops begin. Finding Your Right Mind: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($220 if paid in advance). A $50 deposit holds your space. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday September 25, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Six morning workshops begin. Finding Your Right Mind: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($220 if paid in advance). A $50 deposit holds your space. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or email@example.com.
Friday, September 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 100 Thousand Poets for Change – 4th Anniversary Reading (700+ readings scheduled worldwide). Poets and musicians to be announced. See http://www.100tpcmedia.org/100TPC2012/category/united-states/california/santa-rosa/. Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County and Gaia’s Garden Restaurant. $5.00 minimum purchase – vegetarian buffet dinner available. Gaia’s Garden Restaurant, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Friday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Pairings with Alix Christie, author of Gutenberg’s Apprentice, Books and libations in a great atmosphere! An in-store author talk at Copperfield’s Healdsburg store followed by a reception and book signing across the square at Bob Johnson Art Gallery. A rich, authoritative, and enthralling novel that offers a radically new view of the birth of printing in medieval Germany, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible: the visionary genius Johann Gutenberg; his financial backer Johann Fust; and the reluctant apprentice Peter Schoeffer. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-pairings-alix-christie
Saturday, September 27, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Library Open Mic: Redwood Writers will host the next Library Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. The theme in September is “Who Am I?” The general public is invited to sign up to read. Sign up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to http://redwoodwriters.org/events/odd-month-readings. For directions or information about the library, call (707) 545-0831 or go to www.sonoma.lib.ca.us.
Saturday, September 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Open Mic at Gaia’s Garden: Redwood Writers will host its monthly Open Mic Reading at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa with featured readers Arletta Dawdy and Claire Drucker. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. Sign-ups begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Saturday, September 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Writing Session: In conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a global event, we will write together sitting among works of art. We will have an opportunity to read our scribblings at the open microphone portion of the evening program, 7-9 p.m. We will meet for writing at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street next to El Farolito’s restaurant, steps away from the plaza. Free. For more information, email Cynthia Helen Beecher: email@example.com, tel 707-696-1111
Saturday, September 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Healdsburg: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, A Global Event. Healdsburg venue: 109 Mill Street. Hosted by Penelope la Montagne and Cynthia Helen Beecher. Featured readers and open microphone. For more information email Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 707-696-1111.
Saturday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. Kelli Stanley, author of City of Ghosts (Miranda Corbie Mysteries #3). Through sordid back alleys and art gallery halls, from drag nightclubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda’s journey takes her to Reno, Nevada…where she finds herself framed for murder. Forced to go underground, Miranda sets out to find the truth about the murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past. At Copperfields Books Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/kelli-stanley
Saturday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. Brave New Worlds at Copperfields, featuring Kim Harrison and Richard Kadrey. In The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan has come a long way from her early days as an inexperienced bounty hunter. She must now risk everything to save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, as well as keep the demonic ever after and the world from destruction. In Richard Kadrey’s The Getaway God, L.A. is descending into chaos, and The Ripper is the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he’s also Stark’s worst enemy and the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice. . Copperfields Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-kim-harrison-and-richard-kadrey
Sunday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “Writing Circle to Support the Wilderness Quest: A day of reflection for men and women who have completed a wilderness rite-of passage” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Regardless of where or when you undertook your Wilderness Quest, you will always carry the Ceremony within you. This day on the land is an opportunity to explore the challenges and gifts of incorporation through the Practice of Council and Reflective Writing. No writing experience necessary. Another session is scheduled for Sunday, November 16. Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center, Occidental. $97 + $10 land-use fee. www.susanhagen.com
Mark Your Calendar for October 2014
Wednesday mornings, October 8 and ongoing, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This is an ongoing circle for women who want a continuous writing practice with the support of like-minded writers. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. Held at a private cottage in Occidental. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com
Wednesday evenings, October 8 and ongoing, 6:30–9 p.m. Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Relax into the evening with gentle rhythms, earth-based healing practices, and guided meditation. Restore balance and self-awareness as you tenderly explore the stories of your life within a safe, supportive circle of women. This is an ongoing circle held in the private lounge at Bliss Organic Day Spa in downtown Sebastopol. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com
Friday, October 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hello, Goodbye: A Book Launch for Susan Bono and a Tribute to Tiny Lights! Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental. All good things come to an end, and after 19 years, editor and publisher Susan Bono is retiring Tiny Lights, the personal essay journal she founded in 1995. On October 17, join her in paying tribute to the writers and artists who made Tiny Lights such a guiding beacon. There will be readings by select Tiny Lights authors Dan Coshnear and Clara Rosemarda, and souvenirs of Tiny Lights’ illustrious past. After toasting the end of an era (there will be champagne!), Susan will read from her latest publishing project: What Have We Here—a collection of her own essays about keeping house and finding home.
Saturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series, featuring Robin Becker and Brian Komei Dempster. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. For more information, please visit www.wordtemple.com.
Saturday, October 25, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Taurean Horn Press is celebrating its 40th Anniversary at Coffee Catz with the second of two readings. The readers will include Avotcja, Fran Claggett, Joe Jeremy, Tom Sharp, Kim Shuck, Lynn Watson and Bill Varnaw. Kim Shuck’s brand new book, Clouds Running In, will be featured. See www.kimshuck.com. Hosted by Bill Vartnaw. Coffee Catz in Sebastopol, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, (707) 829-6600.
Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day. “Tending the Fire, Spirit and Heart of the Writer: a two-day writing retreat for women” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Learn simple techniques for effortless writing and share your stories in a supportive circle of women. Each day of this two-day retreat begins with meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. The format includes writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. Return home on Saturday night or arrange your own off-site stay. $187 for both days. Another session is scheduled for one day, November 8. www.susanhagen.com
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Aqus Literary Speakeasy Saloon will be hosted by Ross Lockhart (www.haresrocklots.com), who will bring a Halloween flair to the event. Program to be announced. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma.