November 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Saturday, November 1, 2 p.m. Five Filipina Writers. The third Sitting Room presentation in their Asian-American series will feature Eileen Tabios, Joi Barrios, Michelle Bautista, Leny Mendoza Strobel, and Marianne Villanueva. All are active, published poets and novelists who address the Filipina-American experience. They are contributors to Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets, edited by Tabios. Some will have books for purchase. Whether you are a writer or a reader interested in learning more about this literature, the afternoon promises to be very fulfilling! Special thanks to Sheila Bare, who has organized both the exhibition and the ongoing related events. www.SittingRoom.org
Sunday, November 2, 2:00 p.m. Reading by acclaimed fiction writer Roy Parvin to benefit the Cloverdale Bike Rack Sculpture Project. Free. At the Cloverdale History Center, 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. 707-894-2067. Contact: Marne Dupere: email@example.com
Sunday, November 2, 3:00 p.m. Three Rumi’s Caravan Poets–Kay Crista, Larry Robinson and Doug Von Koss–will perform poems they know by heart to honor with joy and gratitude those who have gone before us. In the library at Friends House, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa. Reception follows. No admission fee. For questions, contact Clare Morris at 576-6695.
Sunday, November 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Redwood Cafe First Sunday Poetry & Music Series. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati.
Monday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featuring Erica Goss, Poet-Laureate of Los Gatos for 2013-2014, the host of Word to Word, a show about poetry, and author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (Push Pen Press 2014), and Francesca Bell, a much-published and exciting voice in the North Bay poetry community. Listeners are invited to attend the free event and bring a poem or two to share during the open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:30. The Aqus Café is open for food and beverages. It is located at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. See facebook page for details.
Wednesday mornings, November 5, 12 and 19, 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, November 5, 12 and 19, 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
Thursday, November 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Ruth Thompson, author of Woman with Crows and Here Along Cazenovia Creek, and novelist Don Mitchell, author of A Red Woman Was Crying. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.
Friday mornings, November 7, 14, and 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Drop-in writing circle, “Writing as a Healing Practice” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com
Friday, November 7, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Book Launch for One Too Many, the second mystery in the Rose Leary series by Maureen Anne Jennings. Rose Leary writes murder mysteries, but she never wants to see another real corpse. She tends bar to buy time to write in 1980s New York City, until her gruesome discovery of a murdered colleague derails those careful plans. At Union Hotel, downtown Occidental. More info: http://toughprose.com/one-too-many-2/
Friday, November 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Five authors featured in the forthcoming anthology Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood will read at Sisters Consignment Couture, 117 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Featured readers are Skye Blaine, P.H. Garrett, Laura McHale Holland, Marie Judson-Rosier and Pamela Taeuffer. A drawing for a $25 gift card will take place at intermission, and all attendees will receive a 20 percent discount on purchases that evening. An open mic will follow for community members to share writing on sisterhood. Those who read during the open mic will receive a free ebook of the anthology when it comes out. http://wordforest.com/news-events.
Friday, November 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Book launch for Patrick Fanning’s Rejuvenation, A novel about getting younger in the near future. Readings, Q/A, book sales/signing. Free Admission. Refreshments sold. At Occidental Center for the Arts, located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. For more info: www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/book-launch-fanning
Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m. OFF THE PAGE Readers Theater announces KARMA, showcasing the work of local writers/directors/actors. Coffee Catz Cafe, 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol (www.coffeecatz.net; food/drink available). Writers: Robin Beeman, Catharine Brampkamp, Sher Christian, Shotsie Gorman, Gene Griffith, Kaylin Haught, Louis Jenkins, Susan Fullop Kepner, David Madgalene, Peter Moller, Hilary Susan Moore, Jacquelyn Wells, Brook Harris Wolff. Directors: Pat Hayes, Hilary Moore, Linda Loveland Reid; actors: Susana Crofton, Pat Hayes, Hilary Moore, Jeff Savage, Bruce Voorhes, Lorin Bell, understudy; music: John Christian. Tickets $15 at the door, cash preferred. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday November 8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. “Ten Trends Driving the Future of Publishing” with Mark Coker. Keynote presentation at BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) meeting, followed by workshop on e-publishing with Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. For details and registration, click here.
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. Book launch for Changing Harm to Harmony in the Council Chambers Room at the Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. This is a book on the project of Bullies and Bystanders created by Joe Zaccardi, the Poet Laureate of Marin. Zaccardi selected poems from over 1,000 entries from every state. All proceeds from the sale of Changing Harm to Harmony will go to the Marin Poetry Center’s High School Poetry Program and to Spectrum LGBT Center.
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. A fascinating PowerPoint presentation: Jeane Slone, historical fiction author, will show slides and read passages of her recent book, She Was An American Spy During WW II. This presentation is free and open to the public. Sebastopol Public Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, 823-7691. email@example.com
Saturday, November 8, 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. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $97. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents KARMA (see November 7 for details). Church of the Oaks, 185 Page St., Cotati (http://www.churchoftheoaks.org)
Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Shepherd Bliss will recite poetry in the oral tradition, accompanied by musician Larry Stefl on a Peruvian huaca flute, a tribute to the late author Dr. Maya Angelou. Other performers will include a gospel choir, poet Larry Robinson, engaged Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, and an African-American singer. The event will be at the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20. More details at numinacenter.org.
Sunday, November 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nualláin House, Publishers, & Iota Press invite you to a publication party for Pat Nolan’s new book of poems, Your Name Here. At the Iota Press printery, 925-D Gravenstein Hwy. South Sebastopol (behind BeeKind). Meet the author, book signing and sales, refreshments in a convivial literary atmosphere. Caution: some poetry will be read.
Sunday, November 9, 2:30 p.m. Two Japanese American Writers. As part of the Asian-American Writers Exhibit, the Sitting Room welcomes two presenters, Mei Nakano and Jodi Hottel. Mei Nakano was born in 1924 to Japanese immigrants parents in Colorado, both of whom were writers who made a hard-scabble living as tenant farmers. The family of ten moved to New Mexico, thence to Los Angeles before being incarcerated in a concentration camp in Colorado from 1942-1944. Jodi Hottel is a Sansei or third generation Japanese American whose mother was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming during Word War II. Her chapbook of poems about the internment, Heart Mountain, was winner of the 2012 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize. Info: www.SittingRoom.org
Sunday, November 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. “What’s Your Book?” with Brooke Warner. Featured speaker at regular meeting of Redwood Writers. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org
Monday, November 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Writers’ Workshop – “Writing Past Fear: Free Your Butterfly” with Tania Pryputniewicz. What story have you kept in the cocoon? What would happen if you wrote it out, just for you? In this dual focus hour-long workshop, we’ll consider our heroes, both famous and family, who have inspired us. Using them as inspiration, we’ll write our cocooned core stories. We’ll also explore the butterfly and hero metaphors via colored pencils and paper cutouts. Art supplies provided. No prior writing experience necessary. $30 fee includes a copy of Tania Pryputniewicz’s new book of poetry, November Butterfly. At Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol. To pre-register or for more information, go to www.taniapryputniewicz.com under “Events” or register at the door.
Monday, November 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Poetry reading. Tania Pryputniewicz reads from her newly-released volume of poetry, November Butterfly. Free. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472. For more information, go to www.taniapryputniewicz.com under “Events.”
Monday, November 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dining With Local Authors. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Hear five authors read from their books: The Unamericans in Paris, fiction by Jack Grant; The Road to Hope, contemporary fiction by Crissi Langwell; The Hunt for Wolf_Eyes, Suspense/thriller by Ty Strange; Vegan Cowboy, fiction by Carol Treacy; Clear Skin Detox Diet, non-fiction by Lauren Talbot. For seating with a particular author please call 544-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. Poetry Flash reading series presents three poets from Saddle Road Press: Michelle Wing, author of Body on the Wall, Ruth Thompson, author ofWoman with Crows, and Tania Pryputniewicz, author of November Butterfly. Free. At Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. (510) 849-2087, www.moesbooks.com.
Wednesday, November 12, noon-1:20 p.m. “Veterans’ Day: Peace & Healing.” Stories and poetry by Shepherd Bliss, Vietnam Era vet & former Army officer, from Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston, an anthology of essays and poetry from the Veterans Writing Group. Santa Rosa Junior College Newman Auditorium of Emeritus Hall, near the corner of Mendocino & Elliott Avenues. Presentations from Veterans for Peace and Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center. Music by Peter Tracy. Panel follows. Free. Links to directions and poster:
Poster (pdf): http://www2.santarosa.edu/f/?nDESQRCN
Poster (jpeg): http://www2.santarosa.edu/f/?nDKwCZDG
Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. till the band stops playing. Pre-release celebration for the anthology Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood at the Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. Anthology editor Laura McHale Holland, book designer Kathy McHale, and several authors who contributed work to the anthology will arrive by 6:30 to mingle over dinner with folks interested in the book. Petaluma Readers Theater co-founders Maureen Studer and Jennifer March and director/actress Leslie Scatchard will kick off the free entertainment at 7:15 with dramatic interpretations of three short memoirs from the book. Local band Sound Kitchen will do a set of eclectic, energizing music. Then professional storytellers John Boe and Ruth Stotter, who contributed stories to the anthology, will tell riveting tales. Afterward, Sound Kitchen will take the stage again. http://wordforest.com/news-events.
Thursday, November 13, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents compelling readings of magnetic force on the theme of “Gravity” by authors: Julia Fierro, Molly Giles, Don Mitchell, Antonya Nelson, Ruth Thompson, Peter Turchi. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; readings begin at 7:15. $10. At 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, November 13, 7:30 p.m. From Farm to Fable: A Harvest of Words. Josh Windmiller of the North Bay Hootenanny will host an evening of poetry, music and storytelling at The Epicurean Connection in Sonoma. The event will feature writers Lisa Summers, Jonah Raskin, Stacey Tuel, Daedalus Howell, and Amy Petersen. Wine, beer, cider and the café menu will be available for purchase. Epicurean Connection is located at 122 W. Napa Street. Contact: Josh Windmiller, email@example.com
Saturday, November 15, noon-2:00 p.m. “Redwood Writers Library Open Mic” hosted by Jean Wong. Theme in November is “The Ultimate Ride.” At the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa, (707) 545-0831. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org
Saturday, November 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Charles Markee, author of María’s Beads, at Healdsburg Copperfields book signing.
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents KARMA (see November 7 for details). Church of the Oaks, 185 Page St., Cotati (http://www.churchoftheoaks.org)
Sunday, November 16, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. 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. Listeners welcome. Please come scent free. Hosted by Sher and John Christian (http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne)
Sunday, November 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Charles Markee, author of María’s Beads, at Montgomery Village Copperfields book signing.
Sunday, November 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon presents a program featuring two married couple writers: David and Sharon Beckman and Toni Wilkes and Greg Randall. At Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. FREE. Open to the public. Open mic; sign-ups begin at 1:00. More info at: www.hbglitguild.org
Sunday, November 16, 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. Occidental. $97. www.susanhagen.com
Thursday, November 20, 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum of Petaluma presents Nina Amir: How to Evaluate Yourself and Your Book Idea for Success. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. $10 at the door. Details: www.thewritespot.us
Saturday, November 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Charles Markee, author of María’s Beads, at Petaluma Copperfields book signing.
Saturday, November 22,, 2:00-4:00 p.m. “Redwood Writers Open Mic.” Featured readers are Paul Greenberg and Ayin Weaver. All writers invited to sign up for the second half. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org
Saturday, November 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tellabration, Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving guilds and storytelling enthusiasts in cities around the globe share their storytelling talents. Locally, TELLABRATION!™ brings together each area’s most celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales. Master storytellers, Elaine Stanley, Kirk Waller, Sandra Noman, and Willy Claflin perform at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Free, donations welcome. Parking behind the building. For information call 707-887-7996. The stories are suited for teen and adult audiences.
Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. Book Party and Reading for Susan Bono’s What Have We Here, Essays About Keeping House and Finding Home. Writer Claudia Larson and Writer’s Forum and Jumpstart Facilitator Marlene Cullen were miffed when their travel plans conflicted with the initial launch of Susan Bono’s debut book, so they decided to host a party of their own! This one is at the downtown Petaluma Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. You’re cordially invited to come for refreshments and words!
Mark Your Calendar for December 2014
Monday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featured readers are two poets with impressive credentials and publication histories: Maurine Killough and Rebecca Foust. Listeners are invited to attend the free event and bring a poem or two to share during the open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:30; readings at 6:40 p.m. The Aqus Café is open for food and beverages. It is located at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. See facebook page for details.
Wednesday mornings, December 3, 10 and 17, 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, December 3, 10 and 17, 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, December 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Jonah Raskin talks about his new book, A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa. For more information: www.sonomacountymuseum.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=21501
Friday mornings, December 5, 12, and 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Drop-in writing circle, “Writing as a Healing Practice” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Charles Markee, author of María’s Beads, will be signing books at the Camp Meeker Christmas Fair.
Sunday, December 7, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Iota Press 5th annual Open House. Please come and help us celebrate our first year in the new and bigger shop space next door. The occasion will also be the launch party for our third annual collaborative work, eRrAtiCa 3. This year it is in the form of a portfolio of broadsides, representative of the kind of work each of us is working on right now. There will be a demonstration of printing, and impromptu poetry might be read. Maybe some promptu as well. As usual we will provide wine and food, and there will be a table of things for sale. Things printed on old presses; poetry set one letter at a time by hand; original and beautiful typographic designs; & a sense of inventive play… that’s the kind of work we celebrate & do.
Thursday, December 11, 7:00–9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Delectable assortment of delicious readings from the following authors on the theme of “Sweet.” Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Brian Komei Dempster, Cassandra Dunn, Rita Gardner, Glen David Gold, Susan Ito, Claudia Long, Liz Rozner, Robert Thomas, Zarina Zabrisky. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; more info: www.whytherearewords.com
Sunday, December 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m. “Book Passage: An Open Door for Readers & Writers” with Sam Barry. Addressing the many roles today’s bookstore plays, Sam Barry of Book Passages will talk about the shop’s Path to Publishing Program, a resource for individual writers, at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Redwood Writers. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org