April 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
Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception for Broadsides: Interactive Literature, An Exhibit of the Letterpress Poetry Broadsides of Theresa Whitehill. April 1-30. St. Helena Public Library, St. Helena.
Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. Ethel Rohan reads from her short story collection, Goodnight Nobody. At Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl Street (downtown Napa, between Main and Soscol), an evening of reading and conversation with wine and nibbles. Full details here: www.napabookmine.com/events/event/ethel-rohans-short-story-collection-goodnight-nobody
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press presents Murray Silverstein, author of Master of Leaves, and Beverly Burch, author of How a Mirage Works, reading at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley • (510) 704-8222.
Friday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. Lit Nights with Ayelet Waldman, Love and Treasure. Copperfield’s Books Petaluma (http://copperfieldsbooks.com/event/ayelet-waldman).
Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6. Tomales Bay Writing Retreat with Clara Rosemarda. For information contact Clara 707-579-2081.
Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. First of four weekly fiction/creative nonfiction writing workshops with Dan Coshnear. See Workshops page for details.
Saturday, April 5, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. House Concert and Book Celebration. This promises to be an intimate evening with Phil Lawrence’s and David Field’s music woven through Raphael Block’s words. Phil plays mandolin, harmonica, tenor banjo, guitar (phillawrence.com),and David Field plays guitar (davidfieldguitar.com). Entry by donation of $15 – $20. Teas & snacks will be provided. To reserve a place please go to http://raphaelblock.com/get-in-touch-2.
Sunday, April 6, noon to 2:00 p.m. Diane di Prima will be reading with Geri Digiorno at the 3300 Club, 3300 Mission, San Francisco. No cover. www.3300club.com
Sunday, April 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Katherine Hastings, Cathryn Shea & Vincent Carrella will read at First Sundays, Poetry and Music at Redwood Cafe in Cotati. www.redwoodcafe.com
Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays, featuring Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo’s 2014 Poet Laureate, and Patti Trimble, reading poems from “In the Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life I Found Myself in a Tangled Wood,” with bassist Steve Shain. At Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Hosted by Sandra Anfang. Followed by open mic. Updates at: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press presents Murray Silverstein, author of Master of Leaves, and Beverly Burch, author of How a Mirage Works, reading at The Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 Eleventh Street, Modesto. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, April 10, 6:00 p.m. Iris Jahaml Dunkle reads from Gold Passage. Copperfield’s Books Montgomery Village (http://copperfieldsbooks.com/event/iris-jahaml-dunkle).
Thursday April 10, 6:30 p.m. Readers Books, Fort Mason, Building C, San Francisco. Patti Trimble reads Sicilian-Arabic poems (827-1061 ACE) (in English) with the Lebanese-American singer (in Arabic), Rana Mroue, and instrumentalist Amr Toppozada. And Ecuadorian-born poet Silvi Alcivar, who is known to present her poetry in original ways. Details: www.friendssfpl.org/?Event&id=747
Thursday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents readers from The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and special guest novelist Amrit Chamri. At Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Readings begin at 7:15. $10. For complete details including the readers’ full bios, see http://whytherearewords.com. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272.
Thursday, April 10 (also April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19), 7:30 p.m. Petaluma Readers Theatre presents: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” directed by Jennifer March and Maureen Studer, featuring baseball-related vignettes from American writers like Ogden Nash, Barry Gifford, Ron Shelton, Katharine Harer, May Swensen, and more. Cast members Ralph Carmines, Jennifer March, Matt Maguire, Mark Stanley, and Maureen Studer will interpret “Casey at the Bat,” Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First,” W.P. Kinsella’s “Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa” (better known as “Field of Dreams”) and other classics. There’ll be peanuts, Crackerjack, and a chance to sing “Take me out to the Ballgame!” Wear your team’s regalia to be entered into a drawing for Giants or A’s tickets! Tickets are available for $10 at petalumareaderstheatre.com; or at the door for $12. Clear Heart Stage, 90 Jessie Lane, Petaluma. For more information, contact Jennifer March: 707.287.1766, email@example.com
Friday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. Book Launch for Poet, Gail King’s Hello Life. Occidental Center for the Arts. Monte Rio resident, Gail will be joined by long time friends and fellow poets, Betty Garrett and Molly Bishop for this reading. Readings followed by Q & A, with book signing and sales. Free admission. Refreshments sold. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Roads. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com
Saturday, April 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Celebrate poetry with Terry Ehret and Katherine Hastings, reading at The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Details at: www.sittingroom.org/events.html
Monday, April 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Featuring: Sharon Cahn, handcrafted children’s book,The Pocket Bunny; Shilo McCloud, woman’s art workbook, The Heart of the Visionary; Marylu Downing, short stories, Tales from the West Pole; Catherine Held, Ph.D, guidance for cancer healing,Delia’s Book. Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 14, 8:00–10:00 p.m. The Gallop Trio: Poet Don Paul, Musician Alex De Grassi, Drummer Hamid Drake, in a benefit for S.P.A.C.E. SPACE Theater, 508 West Perkins, Ukiah. $15 General Admission, $8 Students. More info: http://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/the-gallop-trio-a-benefit-for-s-p-a-c-e/
Tuesday April 15, 7:30 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press presents Murray Silverstein, author of Master of Leaves, Beverly Burch, author of How a Mirage Works, and Lynne Knight, translator of I Know (Je Sais), by French astrophysicist and poet Ito Naga, reading at Readers’ Books, 30 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. (707) 939-1779.
Thursday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. Katherine Hastings reads at Copperfield’s in Montgomery Village. (http://copperfieldsbooks.com/event/katherine-hastings)
Thursday, April 17, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Writers Forum of Petaluma Presenter Lynn Cook Henriksen on Keeping Spirits Alive: Tap Memory into Memoir. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. $10 at the door. Click here for details.
Sunday, April 20, 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/
Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press presents Murray Silverstein, author of Master of Leaves, and Beverly Burch, author of How a Mirage Works, at City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. (415) 362-8193.
Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. Rebecca Lawton reads from Sacrament: Homage to a River at Readers’ Books, 130 Napa Ave., Sonoma. Details: http://readers.indiebound.com/event/rebecca-lawton-reads-sacrament-homage-river
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor at Petaluma’s Corkscrew Wine Bar. April’s featured readers include Bianca Licata, Susana Solomon, and Sarah Griff. Open mic follows (Five minute limit). 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings.
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00-9:30 p.m. WriteMind™ Workshops: Creative Writing as Spriritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. First of four evening sessions. See Workshops page. Fee $160 for 4 sessions ($145 if paid in advance). Classes are held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or email@example.com
Thursday, April 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. WriteMind™ Workshops: Creative Writing as Spriritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. First of four morning sessions. See Workshops page. Fee $160 for 4 sessions ($145 if paid in advance). Classes are held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read presents ruth weiss. Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State, Ukiah. More info: http://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry/
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. Poet Raphael Block reads from Spangling Darkness at Readers’ Books, 130 Napa Ave., Sonoma. Details: http://readers.indiebound.com/event/raphael-block-reads-spangling-darkness
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The 2014 Redwood Writers Conference, “From Pen to Published,” will be held at the Bertolini Student Center at Santa Rosa Junior College. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org and click on the “Conference” tab.
Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Come once or as often as you like to this monthly writing circle at a woodsy cottage in Occidental. Susan combines meditation and nature-based practices to help set aside the thinking mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. This gentle day of exploration allows for two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection in a small circle of eight women. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers are welcome. Future dates include a two-day workshop in Occidental May 31/June 1 ($185) and a four-day retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker October 10-13 ($725). www.susanhagen.com
Mark Your Calendar for May 2014
Thursday, May 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announces a workshop on WRITING and/or ILLUSTRATING AN AWARD WINNING PICTURE BOOK, by author, Kathryn Otoshi. 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 her website at www.kokidsbooks.com. Pre-Register at sfnortheastbay.scbwi.org. Contact ctmarkee(at)gmail.com
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Come once or as often as you like to this monthly writing circle at a woodsy cottage in Occidental. Susan combines meditation and nature-based practices to help set aside the thinking mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. This gentle day of exploration allows for two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection in a small circle of eight women. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers are welcome. Tuition is $100 for the one-day session on May 3, and $185 for two days. www.susanhagen.com
Monday, May 5, 6:40 p.m. Rivertown Poets A-Museing Mondays at the Aqus Cafe. Featured readers will be Carol Wade Lundberg and Gregory Mahrer. An open mic follows the poets. See facebook page for details.
Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press presents Murray Silverstein, author of Master of Leaves, and Beverly Burch, author of How a Mirage Works, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960.
Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Redwood Writers hosts the next Library Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. The theme in May is “Young at Heart,” in honor of Older Americans Month. The general public is invited to sign up to read. Writings do not have to follow theme. 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.
Thursday, May 15, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Writers Forum of Petaluma Presenter, Literary Agent Katherine Boyle on Behind the Scenes with Literary Agent. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. $10 at the door. Details: www.thewritespot.us
Sunday, May 18, 3:00-5:00 p.m Plarachterization: Intersection of Plot & Character. The best plots aren’t controlled by an authorial presence. Plot springs from the characters themselves. Writer Joshua Mohr calls this phenomenon “plarachterization.” Come learn about the technique that has made him one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads, when he 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.
Saturday, May 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Redwood Writers will host its monthly Open Mic Reading at SoCo Coffee, 1015 Fourth St. in Santa Rosa, with featured readers mystery writer Elspeth Benton and JC Miller, author of Vacation. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Sunday, May 25, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. David Madgalene will be mc’ing Sonoma County Poet Contributors to the new anthology World of Change plus a couple of special guests at Poetry Soco at Coffee Catz. Featuring Sean (T.S.) Casey, Marvin R. Hiemstra Kirk Lumpkin, James Miller, Gwynn O’Gara, Jonah Raskin, Rusty Rebar, Bill Vartnaw, and Gor Yaswen. Series Host: Andrew Mayer. FREE and open to the public. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol.
Friday, May 30, 7:00 p.m. Steamy Sonoma County presents Ménage à May: An Erotic Literary Soirée. Join us for an evening of erotic poems and stories read by local authors, including Jennie Orvino Bill Noble, Raspberry Tart and Michael Larrain. $25 Ticket price includes appetizers and desserts by Savory Truffle Catering, an open bar, a raffle ticket for the chance to win steamy prizes and a sexy chair dance lesson by Daingerous Dollie. Door open at 7:00 p.m., readings begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at http://tickets.glittertix.com/events/Steamy. Address and directions provided once tix are purchased.
Saturday and Sunday, May 31/June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. Two-Day Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Come once or as often as you like to this monthly writing circle at a woodsy cottage in Occidental. Susan combines meditation and nature-based practices to help set aside the thinking mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. This gentle day of exploration allows for two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection in a small circle of eight women. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers are welcome. Future dates include a four-day retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker October 10-13 ($725). www.susanhagen.com