August 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
Friday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. Maria Gitin reads from This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/maria-gitin
Sunday, August 3, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. First Sunday Writing/Acting Group Open Mic, Opportunity to try out your writing and/or dramatization skills for supportive listeners. Bring some short monologues, a performance poem, and/or a short story, memorized or read, written by you or someone else. Last month’s group was very productive. Listeners welcome too. 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 RSVP and come scent free. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/.
Saturday, August 2, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books, Meet and Greet with Dorena Rode, local author of The Twelve Steps as a Path to Enlightenment. At Copperfield’s, 138 N Main Street, Sebastopol. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/meet-and-greet-dorena-rode
Sunday, August 3, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Annual Poets’ Picnic in Benicia Park, Military/First Street, Benicia, CA. All are invited. There will be a reading hosted by Juanita J. Martin, Fairfield’s First Poet Laureate, member of Redwood Writers, and author of The Lighthouse Beckons, a collection of poems. There will be book sales and signing by our special guest poet laureates. Contact Don Peery at 1-530-356-2296 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Sunday, August 3, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. California poet laureate emeritus Al Young reads with former Sonoma County poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. Sarah Baker, vocals and piano, and Jan Martinelli, bass, will be dishing out the blues. At Redwood Cafe First Sunday Poetry & Music Series. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati.
Monday, August 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m. WRITERS OF ALL GENRES. The UUCSR Writers regular monthly meeting: Writer presentations of a work in progress. Novelists, poets, memoirs, screenwriters, whatever your chosen work, come and share your written words with us. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. E-mail if you plan to attend: Georgette G. deBlois, email@example.com. http://uucsrwriters.blogspot.com.
Monday, August 4, 6:40 p.m. Rivertown Poets A-Museing Mondays at the Aqus Café 189 H St., Petaluma. Featured readers will be poets, giovanni singleton and Roy Mash. An open mic follows the poets. See facebook page for details.
Tuesday, August 5, 5:00 p.m. Henry Trione reads from Footprints of the Baker Boy. Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/henry-trione%E2%80%A8
Wednesday mornings, August 6 and 20, 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, August 6 and 20, 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
Wednesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m. Rhys Bowen reads from Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness Mystery #8). At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/rhys-bowen
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. Matthew Fox reads from Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times. At Copperfields Books, 138 N Main Street, Sebastopol. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/matthew-fox
Monday, August 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors, Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Featuring: Christoper Riebli, The Body’s Perfect, fiction; John McCarty, A Thousand Slippers, war novel; Helen Sedwick, Self-publisher’s Legal Handbook, non-fiction; Sharon Bard, editor, Steeped In The World Of Tea, tea stories; Pamela Taeuffer, Shadow Heart, romance novel. Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Linwood Barclay reads from No Safe House. At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/linwood-barclay
Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. Lit Night with Malcom Brooks, author of Painted Horses. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lit-night-malcolm-brooks
Wednesday, August 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Healdsburg Poetry Reading featuring Katherine Hastings, David Seter, and Penelope la Montagne. At 109 Mill Street at the Pacific Union Real Estate office on the corner of Healdsburg Avenue and Mill Street, south end of Healdsburg. Easy parking. Free.
Thursday, August 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m. The Sebastopol Senior Center has its Second Thursday Open Mic. An action-packed, fun-filled afternoon of musicians, singers, comedians, storytellers, and poets including Sher and John Christian. Hosted by singer/songwriter, Alice Bradshaw, a funny and folksy entertainer. Call 829-2440 to sign-up asap for a ten minute time slot. Refreshments will be served. If you want to come for a tasty, generous lunch at noon for a $4.00 donation, please RSVP at the center, 829-2440. Vegetarian available. 167 High Street, Sebastopol. (next to the library)
Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents an evening of “Outlaw” readers! Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. Featuring: Katy Butler, Gina Frangello, Ann Gelder, Sandra Hunter, Edan Lepucki, Kathyrn Ma and Kate Miliken. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. For complete details including the authors’ full bios, see: http://whytherearewords.com
Sunday, August 17, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Donation: $1 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/
Thursday, August 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Writers Forum of Petaluma presents Jennifer Lynn Alvarez: “Paths to Publication: An Overview: Writing tips and tools to begin, finish and edit manuscripts.” $10, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma. Details at: www.thewritespot.us
Sunday, August 24, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Taurean Horn Press is celebrating its 40th Anniversary at Poetry SoCo with the first of two readings (the 2nd will be October 26). Some of the poets who will be crossing bridges to come up to read include Gail Mitchell, Bernard Gershenson, Q. R. Hand and Jeanne Powell. Bill Vartnaw will be hosting and reading as well. Coffee Catz in Sebastopol, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, (707) 829-6600.
Monday, August 25, 7:00 p.m. Brian Doyle: The Plover. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brian-doyle
Mark Your Calendar for September 2014
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.
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.
Saturday, Sepember 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.