December 2013 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
Sunday, December 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Second Annual Eugene Ruggles Memorial Reading at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati. Carl Macki will host the event for Geri Digiorno’s First Sundays series. For more info: www.redwoodcafe.com.
Monday, December 2, 6:45 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays features two Bay Area poets, Casey Fitzsimmons and Haiku poet Kate Godsey. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Open mic sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. For updates: https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
Monday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Presents Amy Tan, reading from The Valley of Amazement. Copperfield’s Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/amy-tan
Tuesday, December 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Becky Parker Geist (Pro Audio Voices) invites all to join her at Desire to Inspire, an open-mic event hosted by and at Henley Photography Studio, 4208 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael (Terra Linda). Folks who would like to share a story or read or otherwise inspire others will have a slot of up to 5 minutes. Arrive early to get a slot if you’re interested in speaking/reading. Otherwise come and network and listen and mingle and enjoy refreshments. No fee; you are welcome to bring food or drink to share or chip in towards purchased refreshments or just show up. If you have books to sell, you may bring them, but no ‘asks’ or sales pitches when you have the mic. There will also be a contest for the most inspiring story that will win a mystery prize. Let’s inspire each other!
Thursday, December 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden. Rhea Schnurman will discuss her anthology of songs for singing at the bedsides of loved ones approaching life’s threshold. Along with Maria Culberson, Anna Stayton, Venus Maher and other guest singers, Rhea will share songs from her book. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa. Call 544-2491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request dining at a specific authors table. $4 minimum food purchase.
Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. A Child’s Christmas in Wales, By Dylan Thomas. Performed by The Rebound Players. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael
Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. Dinners to Die For with Michael Connelly, author of The Gods of Guilt. Thriller lovers, hold onto your plates! Copperfield’s Books is introducing its new Dinners to Die For series featuring the top thriller writers of our time. $65 gets you a fabulous dinner and a hardcover copy of the new book, which you can have signed by the author. Michael Connelly will be interviewed by Gil Mansergh, Word By Word host, KRCB radio. Tickets available online at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/boxoffice. At Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa.
Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. A Child’s Christmas in Wales, By Dylan Thomas. Performed by The Rebound Players. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St, San Rafael.
Sunday, December 8, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Iota Press Holiday Open House, 925c Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. An afternoon of letterpress art and conviviality with many new books and cards on display for gifts. . . and an opportunity to print on the old presses. To learn more, go to: http://printpoetryatiota.wordpress.com/
Sunday, December 8, 2:30–5:00 p.m. Redwood Writers presents Lisa Brackmann, author of Rock Paper Tiger: “How All Good Writing Keeps Us in Suspense.” Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Details at: http://redwoodwriters.org/meetings
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Poetry Divination Salon, Radiant Being Studio, Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Poetry from Star Kissed Shadows, Divining Poetry and live keyboard music with John Christian. Each participant will have an opportunity to divine from Sher’s book of poetry, which illuminates the pathway to transcend challenges. Receive clarity to move situations to the next step for resolution. http://healingsalon.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/about-sher-christian-poetdiviner
Thursday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. A Child’s Christmas in Wales, By Dylan Thomas. Performed by The Rebound Players. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia, Larkspur.
Sunday, December 15, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Award-winning author, Jean Wong, will read from her book of stories, Sleeping with the Gods. Her stories have appeared in Vintage Voices, Tiny Lights, Sonoma Sun, Synchronized Chaos, Short, Fast, Deadly, Get Born, Women’s Memoir, and Sussex Publications. Her work has been produced by the Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Sixth Street Playhouse, and Off The Page. www.sonic.net/~marcjean/jean www.lijeanwong.blogspot.com. Donation: $1 to $10. Hosted by Sher Christian (http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne). Share a poem or short story by you or someone else, if you like. Please come scent free.
Sunday, December 15, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Third Sunday Salon will be all open mic, so bring your poems and prose excerpts for more leisurely sharing. The Salon will be held at the Bean Affair at 1270 Healdsburg Avenue (come early for sign-up). Info at: www.HbgLitGuild.org
Sunday, December 15, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Alabanzas a Tonantzin / Praises to Tonantzin. Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah. A special evening in honor of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Readings are in Spanish and English, with some translation back and forth. All are welcome to bring offerings of poetry, music, and refreshments. Location: Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah. Details: http://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry/
Saturday, December 21, 6 pm to ??? Writers Read Solstice Gathering in Ukiah. Potluck and open mic. No featured reader. Dan Barth and Mary Miller will host this party at their house, 1001 Recreation Road, Ukiah. For info and directions: email@example.com or 707-367-6581
Sunday, December 22, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A WINTER’S TALE: A One-Day Writing & Meditation Workshop. Fee $95 (some scholarships available). Contact Clara Rosemarda: 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More details on Workshops page.
Wednesday, December 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors at Redwood Cafe. Featured authors TBA. 8240 Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Call: 889-3419 or email email@example.com to request a reserved seat at a specific author’s table. $4 minimum food purchase. For info on specific events, see: http://jeaneslone.com/Dine-with-Authors.php
Saturday, December 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Redwood Writers will host its monthly Open Mic Reading at SoCo Coffee, 1015 4th St, Santa Rosa, with featured readers Jabez Churchill and Linda Jay Geldens. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Mark Your Calendar for January 2014
Saturday, January 11, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Redwood Writers hosts the next Library Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. The theme in January is “Starting Over.” The general public is invited to sign up to read. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to www.redwoodwriters.org. For directions or information about the library, call (707) 545-0831 or go to www.sonoma.lib.ca.us.
Saturday, January 11, 7:00 p.m. Lit Nights at Copperfield’s with Chang-Rae Lee, reading from On Such a Full Sea. Copperfield’s Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/chang-rae-lee
Sunday, January 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m. How to Hire & Work Effectively with an Independent Editor, With Wendy Tokunaga. Join writer and independent editor Wendy Tokunaga for a tangible discussion of how to use an editor to bring out all the best qualities of your book. Tokunaga 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.
Wednesday, January 15, 7:00-9:30 p.m. First of six evening WriteMind™ Creative Writing Workshops. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($220 if paid in advance). A $50 deposit holds your space. Classes are held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More details on Workshops page.
Thursday, January 16, 10 am–12:30 p.m. First of six morning WriteMind™ Creative Writing Workshops. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($220 if paid in advance). A $50 deposit holds your space. Classes are held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or email@example.com. More details on Workshops page.
Friday-Sunday, January 17 thru 19, 7:30 p.m. Evolution of a Woman. This readers theater production is the creation of eight local women who were inspired to write their own show after working together in The Vagina Monologues. After a sold out run at the Art Center in Petaluma last spring, these talented women are bringing the show to Clear Heart Gallery, 90 Jessie Lane, Petaluma. Friday and Saturday tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526630. Sunday tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526632.
Saturday, January 18, 8:30 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Writing Workshops: Bird by Bird and Beyond. Workshops with Theo Pauline Nestor, Candace Walsh, and Tanya Taylor Rubinstein followed by a keynote speech and book signing with Anne Lamott. Great Blue Heron Ballroom, Sonoma Sheraton, 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. More information at: http://writingismydrink.com/bird-by-bird-and-beyond
Sunday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Salon featuring Jean Wong reading from her recently released book, Sleeping with the Gods, and Donna Emerson reading from her recent chapbook, Following Hay. At the Bean Affair in Healdsburg. Details at: www.hbglitguild.org
Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Presents Armistead Maupin reading from The Days of Anna Madrigal. At Copperfields Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. The ninth novel in Armistead Maupin’s bestselling Tales of the City series, follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane—as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past. See: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-presents-armistead-maupin