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July 2015 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 sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.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 centerliterarycafe@gmail.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

Tuesday June 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. NOTE: The Aqus Speakeasy Literary Saloon has been rescheduled. See July 29 below.

Wednesday Mornings, July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 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. $165 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday Afternoons, July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2:00-4:30 p.m. “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women who want to write a book, with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Get your book out of your head and onto the page in this practical, hands-on writing group. Learn good writing techniques, write in a community of other women, and receive gentle guidance and support. This is NOT a critique group; it is for generating new material in a safe, supportive, encouraging environment. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $165 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks.  www.susanhagen.com

Thursday Mornings, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10:0 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  “Women Writing Through Transition and Change.” A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. You’ll learn new techniques for effortless writing as you explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. At a private home near downtown Sebastopol. $165 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks.  www.susanhagen.com

Friday Mornings, July 3, 17, 24, and 31, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle with author and 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

Sunday, July 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m. First Sunday Poetry & Music series at the Redwood Cafe, in Cotati, , 8240 Old Redwood Highway. Featuring David Madgalene, Ed Coletti and Kirk Lumpkin with his group, Word-Music Continuum.

Monday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets and Sher Music Co. are please to celebrate the release of a new CD audio book, “Poetry+Jazz: A Magical Marriage” at Aqus Cafe, 189 “H” St., Petaluma. The CD features readings of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, Rumi, Kenneth Rexroth, Philip Levine, Mark Strand, Alison Luterman, and Sandra Anfang, among others, each accompanied by a jazz composition (by Stan Getz, Maria Schneider, Clare Fischer, etc.). Live Performance of some of the tracks read by the main male voice on the CD, Cory Bihr. (Two other Bay Area poets, Dave Holt and and Gary Turchin, will also be reading from their own work between 6:30 and 7:30 pm.)

Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights with the Redwood Writers. Featuring children and young adult book authors: Billie Payton-Settles, The Something in the Attic; Charles Markee, Maria’s Beads; Sandy Baker, Gai’s Go-Away-Come-Back Garden; and Catharine Bramkamp, Future Girls. At Copperfields Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/hot-summer-night-redwood-writers

Thursday July 9, 6:30 p.m. Poetry/spoken word/music from Patti Trimble and and Peter Whitehead (on his hand-made musical instruments) at San Francisco’s Reader’s Books, Friends of the SF Library Reading. Host Jack Hirschman. Also reading that night is San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía. Details: www.friendssfpl.org/Events_Calendar.aspx?idx=6

Thursday, July 9, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents an adventurous evening of six acclaimed authors readings on the theme of  “The Stranger.” Enter the worlds of these writers with us Jayne Benjulian, Liam Callanan, Robin McLean, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Patrick O’Neil, Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito; whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Friday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. Three Poets: Rebecca Patrascu, Else Rosager, Clara Rosemarda will read selected pieces from their new collections Before Noon, So Far and Naked Branches. Q & A and book signing. Event is free and refreshments available for a small donation. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. off Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 707-874-9392. Details at: www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/events

Sunday, July 12, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Author Launch. Members of Redwood Writers, the local branch of the California Writers Club, who have released a new book in the past year present their work to the public. Free to the general public, $5 for members. At the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707-545-8530. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Monday, July 13, 7:00 p.m.Ernest Cline, author of bestseller Ready Player One!, reads from his new novel. Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale. At Copperfields Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-world-ernest-cline

Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. at Aqus Cafe in Petaluma, Andy Clausen (www.woodstockbeatpoet.com/AndyClausen.html)  and Pamela Twining, poets from Woodstock, NY, are reading with Neeli Cherkovski, poet & literary biographer, who will be reading from his new book, The Crow & I.  Andy Clausen was a Berkeley poet in the seventies when Allen Ginsberg saw him read and invited him to read with him back east.  Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma.

Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights with the Redwood Writers. Featuring authors of historical fiction: Arletta Dawdy, Rose of Sharon; Bill Haigwood, Journeying the Sixties: A Counterculture Tarot; Gene McCreary, Gift of the Tiger. At Copperfields Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/hot-summer-night-redwood-writers-0

Thursday, July 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter Tina Folsom talks about “All you ever wanted to know about Self-Publishing and didn’t dare to ask.” $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Writers Forum details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Thursday, July 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Jodi Hottel, author of  Heart Mountain, and short-story writer Stefanie Freele, author of Feeding Strays and Surrounded by Water. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to http://michellewing.com/cpac-books-on-stage

Saturday, July 18, 2:00 p.m. Publishing 101 with Rebecca Lawton. Bring questions about publishing. Bring your ideas about your works in progress. Bring your curiosity. Windsor Library. http://sonomalibrary.org/events/2015-07-18/publishing-101-workshop-with-rebecca-lawton

Sunday, July 19, 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. Listeners welcome. Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian: http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne

Sunday, July 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild, featuring poet Casey FitzSimon & novelist Eugene McCreary. Following the featured readers, there will be an open mic. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. More info: www.hbglitguild.org

Monday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. Stephen Altschuler will read from his recently published book, The Mindful Golfer: How to Lower Your Handicap While Raising Your Consciousness (Skyhorse Publishing, NYC). At Book Passage in Corte Madera.

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights with the Redwood Writers. Featuring authors of fiction: Sheri Graves, Deep Doo-Doo; David Hooper, Restless Seasons; Jeanne Miller, The To-Do List; Waights Taylor, Kiss of Salvation. At Copperfields Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/hot-summer-night-redwood-writers-1

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature Jensen Beach (For out of the Heart Proceed, Dzanc Books and Swallowed by the Cold, Graywolf), Jon Sindell (The Roadkill Collection, Big Table Publishing) and Cassandra Dallett (Wet Reckless, Manic D Press). An open mic follows (five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings

Wednesday, July 22, 6:00 p.m. Bill Greenwood and Nils Peterson will be reading selections of their ekphrastic poetry in conjunction with Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s current exhibition, The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper, 1949-1992. This event was envisioned by Bill Greenwood, who has written four poems over the years, inspired by the art of Richard Diebenkorn. Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Katherine Hastings will provide the introductions and kick off the evening. Free event at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art with museum admission ($5) includes the opportunity to see The Intimate Diebenkorn. Doors open at 5:30. SVMA is located at 551 Broadway in Sonoma (www.svma.org). Admission can be purchased at the door.

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Reading and discussion/guided activities for Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, an anthology edited by Michelle Wing, Ann Hutchinson and Kate Farrell. Therapists, social workers and support group facilitators are especially welcome to attend. Free. At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707-578-8937. For more information, go to www.cryofthe nightbird.com.Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights with the Redwood Writers. Featuring authors of nonfiction/memoir: Ann Hutchinson, Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence; Wendell Williams, Greed is Good-So is Socialism: A Unifying Manifesto; Lee Gant, Love In Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing; Auriela McCarthy, The Power of the Possible. At Copperfields Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/hot-summer-night-redwood-writers-2

Wednesday, July 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Aqus Speakeasy Literary Saloon summer event  presents: “Staff Selections: Booksellers read their favorites,” featuring Andy Ross, longtime owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley and now a literary agent,  Aubury Doherty from Copperfields Sebastopol, Michael Bearden from Petaluma Paperbacks, Ross Lockhart from Copperfields Petaluma, and more! We rely on these people to help us find the best, now they’re bringing it to us! Plus, we should have time for at least two open mic spots, so bring your favorite humorous poetry or flash fiction. Gather for a drink, a bite, and a feast of words with your host, Ransom Stephens. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma.

Mark Your Calendar for August 2015

Wednesday Mornings, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 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. $165 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday Afternoons, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2:00-4:30 p.m. “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women who want to write a book, with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Get your book out of your head and onto the page in this practical, hands-on writing group. Learn good writing techniques, write in a community of other women, and receive gentle guidance and support. This is NOT a critique group; it is for generating new material in a safe, supportive, encouraging environment. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $165 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday Mornings, August 13 and 20, 10:0 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  “Women Writing Through Transition and Change.” A NEW, ongoing, weekly writing circle for women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. You’ll learn new techniques for effortless writing as you explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session begins with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind. At a private home near downtown Sebastopol. $165 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Friday Mornings, August  14, and 21, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle with author and 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, August 15, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Women Writing Through Transition and Change: 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 welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, August 15, 2:00 p.m. Author Jonah Raskin will read from his new book A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature, published by Regent. The book has chapters about most of the major American poets and novelists and environmental writers: Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and more. Raskin will discuss the book and the idea of the wilderness as a landscape. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma. http://sonomalibrary.org/events/2015-08-15/johah-raskin-author-talk-a-terrible-beauty-the-wilderness-of-american-literature

Saturday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. Reading from Digging Our Poetic Roots (edited by Katherine Hastings), at Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

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