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December 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 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

There were no literary events submitted for the last week in November. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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.

Saturday, December 6, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Young Voices Speak: In celebration of California Poets in the Schools 50th anniversary, K-8 Poets, Poetry Out Loud winners (High School age), and adult professional poet-teachers will present poems. Student participants and a parent or sibling are free. All others: sliding scale $1.00-$20.00. Proceeds will support the Sonoma County CPitS program. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, in the dining room, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Contact: 707-303-5270

Saturday, December 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Is Yellow Black or White: An Asian American Literary and Cultural Exhibit: Chinese American Writers, at The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Writers Ruthanne Lum McCunn and Jean Wong, and educator Luis Kong will speak, as part of the Asian American Literary and Cultural Exhibit currently on display there until year’s end. This event is free of charge. More info: www.sittingroom.org

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.

Monday, December 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, Come hear the authors share their books: Freedom Doesn’t Just Come Along With A Tree, children’s book, Joelle B. Burnette; Cry of The Nightbird, Anthology, M. Wing, A. Hutchinson, K. Farrell; Buyer’s Remorse, Poetry, Roy Mash; Growing More Beautiful, Personal Growth, Jennifer Robin. Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or Local Author’s Distributor: info@jeaneslone.com. $5.00 minimum food purchase

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: whytherearewords@gmail.com; more info: www.whytherearewords.com CANCELLED DUE TO STORM.

Saturday, December 13, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Editors Panel: An Overview of the Editorial Process. The Key Room, the Next Key Center, 1385 N. Hamilton Pkwy., Novato. Free for BAIPA members; $15 nonmembers. More info and to register: http://baipa.org/event/editors-panel-overview-editorial-process

Saturday, December 13, 2:00 p.m. Jeane Slone, historical fiction author will show slides and read passages of her recent book, She Was An American Spy During WW II. Come to a fascinating as well as humorous PowerPoint presentation, free and open to the public. Cloverdale Public Library, 401 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. Contact: (707) 894-5271 or info@jeaneslone.com

Saturday, December 13, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Alabanzas a Tonantzin: Offerings to Mother Earth. An evening of poetry, music & refreshments. The fifth annual bilingual reading celebrating the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Guests are invited to share offerings in Spanish; English is also welcome. Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah. Details: www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Alabanzas-a-Tonantzin-2014.pdf

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

Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m. CELEBRATE THE SEASON. Ukiah’s Poets Laureate (present and past)—Bill Churchill, Dan Barth, and Theresa Whitehill—invite you. The Poet Laureate Committee of Ukiah is sponsoring an open-mic reading of seasonal and Christmas-related works—poems and short prose pieces. Participating readers can read their own works or the words of others. Members of the Poet Laureate Committee will be among the readers, but all are welcome to bring SHORT pieces that are suitable and appealing to all age groups. At Ukiah Library. Info: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry/

Friday, December 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Unity of Ukiah Open Mic Celebrating Christmas and the Winter Solstice. Poetry, Stand-up, Tell a joke, Christmas carols, Memories, Sing-a-long, Dance, Spoken word; come to listen or perform. At 321 North Bush Street, corner of Henry, Ukiah. Info: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry/

Saturday December 20, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  A WINTER’S TALE: A One-Day Writing & Meditation Workshop with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $120 to $95 ($50 deposit holds your space). Workshop is held in a comfortable home near downtown Santa Rosa. Contact Clara: 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net

Saturday, December 20, 5:00 p.m., potluck; 6:00-8:00 p.m. Colored Horse Studios Winter Solstice Open Reading. Colored Horse Studios, 780 Waugh Lane, Ukiah. More info: www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Solstice%20Reading%2014_1220.pdf

Sunday, December 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This year’s Third Sunday Salon falls exactly on the Solstice [3:03 PM PST]; what a way to celebrate the season and its holidays than by reading some celebratory literary piece written by you [or a favorite writer] at OPEN MIC! Come to the Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue at 1:00 p.m. to sign up for your five minutes at the mic, and to enjoy the contributions of other writers to the literary festivities. Bring friends for a little creative respite from the holiday frenzy. As usual we will hold a raffle, and there will be opportunity to purchase or sell your/others’ books. Books make a great gift, and what could be better than a signed copy of a local author’s work! More info: www.HbgLitGuild.org

Mark Your Calendar for January 2015

Monday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featured readers are Joe Zaccardi and Phyllis Meshulam. Bill Vartnaw will host. 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.

Monday, January 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sandra Anfang reads at Poetry Express in Berkeley. The series is held at Himalayan Flavors, a restaurant at 1585 University Ave. Open mic sessions will be held both before and after the reading. The nearest cross street is California. There is free parking in the restaurant’s lot as well as plenty of on-street parking. More info: http://poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html

Wednesday mornings, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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, January 8, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Celebrating five years of presenting fabulous readings by fabulous authors. Join us on this momentous occasion, as we kick off the beginning of our 6th year with Tom Barbash, Ann Packer, Rob Roberge, Jason Roberts, Lalita Tademy, Ayelet Waldman. More info: whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Friday mornings, January 9, 15, 23 and 30, 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, January 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 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

Sunday, January 11, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  “Stand Out on Your Own: Why You Don’t Need a Literary Agent” with Laurie McLean. Featured speaker at regular meeting of Redwood Writers will share insights from the trenches on the revolution going on in publishing and why it is no longer impossible to get published without an agent. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. First of six evening workshops: INTIMATE KINSHIP: Creative Writing Workshop. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Continuing Students Fee $210, Drop-In $40/session. Classes are held in a comfortable home near downtown Santa Rosa. More details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First of six Morning workshops: INTIMATE KINSHIP: Creative Writing Workshop. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Continuing Students Fee $210, Drop-In $40/session. Classes are held in a comfortable home near downtown Santa Rosa. More details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, January  15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Russ Messing, author of A Convergence of Unanticipated Consequences, and short story writer and memoirist Laura McHale Holland, editor of Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood and author of The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song and Reversible Skirt. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com and http://michellewing.com/books-on-stage/hostsbooks-on-stagejan-15/

Friday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts. Book launch for Michael David Fels’ first novel, The Queen of Kansas. Free admission but donations happily accepted! Refreshments. Selected readings by the author, Q&A, book sales and signing. 3850 Doris Murphy Court (corner of Bohemian Hwy and Graton Rd.) Further info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com

Saturday, January 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Redwood Writers will host its monthly Open Mic Reading at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, with featured readers Jan Boddie and Dmitri Morningstar. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Join in for camaraderie and good literature. Support Gaia’s Garden with a purchase of healthy, delicious food and/or a premium beverage ($5 minimum). Gaia’s Garden is located at 1899 Mendocino Avenue, near Santa Rosa Junior College. Free parking is available behind the restaurant in the shared lot with Community Market.

Tuesday, January 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Fiction Book Club. New monthly book club on last Tuesday of each month. Featuring Sharon Hamilton, Seal of My Heart (romance novel), At Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Saturday, January 31, 10:00 a.m.-noon. “Redwood Writers Library Open Mic” hosted by Jean Wong. Theme in January is “One Last Time.” At the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. The general public is invited to sign up to read. 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.

Saturday and Sunday, January 31 and February 1, 9:30 – 4:30 each day. Two-Day Writing Retreat for Women at The Sea Ranch, with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Write for healing, self-awareness, and spiritual growth. This two-day women’s writing circle includes meditation and nature-based practices to help quiet the mind and clear a path to the deeper writing life. Each gentle day of exploration allows for two writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Return home on Saturday night or arrange your own off-site stay. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. Sliding scale: $185 – $265 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

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