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May 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

Friday mornings, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle 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, May 2, 2:00 p.m. Publishing 101 with Rebecca Lawton. Bring questions about publishing. Bring your ideas about your works in progress. Bring your curiosity. At Rohnert Park-Cotati Library.

Sunday, May 3, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Book launch party for Jo-Anne Rosen’s What They Don’t Know: Selection Fiction (a collection of 18 stories) at Iota Press, 925-D Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol. Signed copies of the book may be purchased for $10 at the book launch only (retail cost, $15). There will be refreshments and a short reading among the wonderful old typesetting equipment in the Iota shop. The paperback edition is also available  on Amazon, as well as Kindle and Smashwords editions. More about the book at www.joannerosen.us/what-they-dont-know.html.

Sunday, May 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry at Redwood Cafe: Poets Kim Shuck, Lucille Lang Day, Chris Olander read and singer/songwriter Ed Dang performs at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati.

Monday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. Debut Brews, sponsored by Copperfields Books, featuring Fayette Fox reading from her novel The Deception Artist. At Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, 146 Kentucky St., Petaluma. The books for this series are specifically chosen by Copperfield’s staff. Free event and if you buy the book, the first draft’s on Copperfields! Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/debut-brews-fayette-fox

Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.  Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays will feature poets Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet and Johanna Ely, followed by open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:00, and the reading will begin promptly at 6:30. (Open mic time is limited to three minutes per reader, in fairness to others.) 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, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 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. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday afternoons, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 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. $40 per session or $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday, May 6,  7:00 p.m. Lee Slonimsky, Iris Dunkle and Katherine Hastings will give a reading at Reader’s Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Thursday mornings, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:00 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. $40 per session or $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday, May 7, Lee Slonimsky reads at Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Suite 101, Sebastopol.

Saturday, May 9, 1:30 p.m. Harold Norse Poetry Reading at Copperfields Petaluma 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. An event celebrating the recently released poetry collection for the celebrated Beat poet Harold Norse who was close friends with James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams and William Burroughs. Join San Francisco poets Neeli Cherkovski and A.D. Winans along with the book’s editor Todd Swindell who will read poems from the recently released I Am Going to Fly Through Glass: The Selected Poems of Harold Norse at this free event. More info at haroldnorse.com

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. Renowned poet Jane Hirshfield reads from two new books: The Beauty AND Ten Windows. Copperfields, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jane-hirshfield

Monday, May 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors. Five authors will read from their books: Rods & Wings, adventure non-fiction by Bo Bennett; The Soulmate Lover, relationships & sexuality, by Mali Apple/Joe Dunn; Gift of the Tiger, historical fiction, Eugene MCceary; A Convergence of Unanticipated Consequences, poetry, by Russ Messing; Walmart to Wolf House, essays, by Rob Loughran. At Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Reservations: 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com

Thursday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author of  The Flying Trolley, Gold Passage and Inheritance and short-story writer & novelist Roy Parvin, author of In the Snow Forest and The Loneliest Road in America. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.

Thursday, May 14, 7:00–9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents readers from Joyland Magazine, a literary journal that features award-winning writing connected to authors’ local communities, with SPECIAL GUEST Daniel Handler. Zoe Ferraris, Ruth Galm, Rachel Khong, Marian Palaia, Maggie Tokuda-Hall. $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. More info: whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Michele Anna Jordan and Her Magic Pantry Apron!  Celebrating the new Good Cook’s Book of Tomatoes, The Good Cook’s Book of Mustard and More Than Meatballs, with the highly- acclaimed Vinaigrettes & Other Dressings tagging along for fun. Occidental Center for the Arts. Display of the apron, slide show of the new books’ photography, selected reading, Q&A, cooking demo, book sales, special refreshments served. Admission free. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. Further info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com

Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Book launch for Arlene Miller’s Best Grammar Workbook Ever! At Copperfields, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Arlene Miller uses her extensive experience and exuberant manner to assemble a surprisingly entertaining approach to our challenging language with her follow-up workbook to The Best Little Grammar Book Ever. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/arlene-miller-book-launch

Saturday, May 16, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Writing and the Natural World: How the Mirror of Nature Reflects Your Life Story – A One-Day Writing Retreat for Women at Jack London State Park” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This day on the earth includes an introduction to the Medicine Wheel, a guided Earth-Walk, and an afternoon of reflective writing/deep listening. Susan Hagen is a published author, long-time writing coach, and a seasoned wilderness rites-of-passage guide. She combines all three to lead this rare offering at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen. $85 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, May 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Book Launch at Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Stephanie Barbé Hammer will be reading from her debut novel, The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior, and speaking briefly on topics such as transition from poetry to fiction, publishing after age 40 and beyond, and why the unreal matters just as much, if not more than, the real. For a description of her novel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25170243-the-puppet-turners-of-narrow-interior. There will be a no-host wine bar and a chance to meet other writers in the area.

Sunday, May 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: $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, May 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild Third Sunday, featuring guest poets Rebecca Foust and Roy Mash. At The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. Following the featured readers, there will be an open mic. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon also includes a raffle and book sales. For more information, see www.hbglitguild.org. Any questions, contact healdsburgliteraryguild@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 17, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Workshop with Holly Springfield, founder of the Petaluma Emily Dickinson Salon, at The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. This workshop offers an introduction to Dickinson’s poems and letters, and the mid 19th century New England culture in which she grew up and lived her entire life. We will discuss her central questions and themes, including faith and doubt, hope and despair, love, beauty, nature, time, daily life and spirituality. Our approach will be both playful and technical, as well as biographical, and, above all, personal. The critic Helen Vendler calls her an “archaeologist of the interior.” Her writing about her experience speaks to us today as 21st century Americans and world citizens. $20. Please rsvp to springfield4967@comcast.net.

Monday, May 18,  2:00–4:00 p.m. FREE Writing Workshop for Women who want to write a book: “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  3 Ways to get your book out of your bones and onto the page, with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. Reserve your seat at 707-888-0849 or suzhagen@sonic.net. More info: www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. Debut Brews, sponsored by Copperfields Books, featuring Leslie Parry reading from her novel Church of Marvels. At Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol The books for this series are specifically chosen by Copperfield’s staff. Free event and if you buy the book, the first draft’s on Copperfields! Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/debut-brew-leslie-parry

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Panel of Editors.A first-time event at Writers Forum: Editors discuss their editing styles. Meet the editors, then gather in small groups to find the right editor for you. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Writers Forum details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Saturday, May 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading/Book Launch: The San Francisco North Bay Launch of Ed Coletti’s new book The Problem With Breathing takes place at SoCoCoffee (1015 Fourth St, Santa Rosa). Katherine Hastings and David Beckman will be reading along with Ed.

Sunday, May 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Annual Graveside Readings. Oak Mound Cemetery, First & Piper Streets, Healdsburg (meet at the Tipsy Fountain). The afternoon is all open mic; readers can sign up beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery. Pieces should be no more than four minutes in length. Bottled water will be provided. Please bring a chair if possible. For more information, contact Ann Carranza at (707) 431-0365. For complete information, see www.hbglitguild.org. For any other media questions, please feel free to contact healdsburgliteraryguild@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 24,  1:30-3:30 p.m. Charles Prickett will be at Copperfield’s in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, meeting and greeting and signing copies of his memoir, Mississippi Freedom Summer. See Sonoma County in Print for details about the book.

Wednesday, May 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, features three readers and an open mic (five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings

Saturday, May 30, 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. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Mark Your Calendar for June 2015

Wednesday Mornings, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 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. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday Afternoons, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 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. $40 per session or $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday Mornings, June 4, 18, and 25, 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. $40 per session or $145 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Friday Mornings, June 5, 19, and 26, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle 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

Sunday June 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m. First Sunday Poetry and Music at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway in Cotati:  q. r. hand & the wordwind chorus (Brian Auerbach & Lewis Jordan) with special guest Carolyn Patricia Scott.

Thursday, June 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter Susan Audrey. Learn How to Access Your Infinite Creative Flow Through Dreamwork. In this playful writing workshop led by dreamwork guide and writer Susan Audrey, you will learn how to use the wisdom of your dreams as a fascinating portal to creativity. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Writers Forum details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Saturday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!  A One-Day Writing Retreat for Women Who Want to Write a Book,” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. 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. Learn good writing techniques, write in a community of other women, and get charged up about your book project. 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. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, June 20, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Writing With Passionate Presence: A Creative Writing Workshop with Clara Rosemarda, MA, at Santa Rosa Junior College, 9452 Emeritus Hall, SRJC Campus. Fee $68.  To register call SRJC, 707-527-4372 or go to http://communityed.santarosa.edu.

Saturday, June 20, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Intro to Memoir Writing. Poet and essayist Patti  Trimble will talk about narrative forms in contemporary memoir—including the pocket-memoir form she teaches around the Bay Area—and also look at the close relationship between literature and the life stories we tell. Participants will write short memoir pieces on a shared theme—in the green garden if you like—and to complete our writing practice, we’ll share the stories in community. This will be a fine afternoon, open to writers of all levels. FREE at The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. www.sittingroom.org/events.html

Sunday, June 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild features Poets Matthew Brouwer & Ed Thompson. The Bean Affair, Healdsburg. More info at: www.hbglitguild.org. Any questions, contact: healdsburgliteraryguild@gmail.com.

Thursday June 24, 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. Details: www.friendssfpl.org/Events_Calendar.aspx?idx=6

Saturday, June 27, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Writing and the Natural World: How the Mirror of Nature Reflects Your Life Story – A One-Day Writing Retreat for Women at Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This day on the earth includes an introduction to the Medicine Wheel, a guided Earth-Walk, and an afternoon of reflective writing/deep listening. Susan Hagen is a published author, long-time writing coach, and a seasoned wilderness rites-of-passage guide. She combines all three to lead this rare offering at Ocean Song in Occidental. Sliding scale: $95 – $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announces a workshop on PROMOTING YOUR BOOK IN THE REAL WORLD by author Steve Cotler. 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, $20 for non-members with pre-registration on-line. $15 for members, $25 for non-members at the door. Visit the speaker’s website at: http://stevecotler.com.  Pre-Register at https://sfnortheastbay.scbwi.org/events/sat-june-27-2-4-pm-sonoma-county-meeting-author-steve-cotler. Contact person: ctmarkee(at)gmail.com

Saturday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Solstice Readings at The Sitting Room. Cameo Archer, Nancy Cavers Dougherty, Alethea Eason, Jayne Mcpherson, and Amy Trussell have created a special event for this time of year.  The first utterances of poetry were chanted as invocations to the ineffable and the forces of nature around fires at the turn of the season. Join five women authors in celebrating Midsummer at The Sitting Room as they read works steeped in nature, family, and the culture cauldron of our planet. FREE. Cameo Archer, Nancy Cavers Dougherty, Alethea Eason, Jayne Mcpherson, and Amy Trussell have created a special event for this time of year.  The first utterances of poetry were chanted as invocations to the ineffable and the forces of nature around fires at the turn of the season. Join five women authors in celebrating Midsummer at The Sitting Room as they read works steeped in nature, family, and the culture cauldron of our planet.  FREE. www.sittingroom.org

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