July 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
Wednesday mornings, July 2 and ongoing, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. 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 weeks. www.susanhagen.com
Wednesday evenings, July 2 and ongoing, 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. Held in the private lounge at Bliss Organic Day Spa in downtown Sebastopol. $145 for your choice of four sessions over five weeks. www.susanhagen.com
Sunday, July 6, 11:30 a.m. 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. 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 come scent free. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/
Sunday, July 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. First Sunday Word Art radio show on KOWS FM, 107.3, streaming live at http://kows107-3.org/ hosted by Gor Yaswen. Sher Christian will read poetry at 3:45.
Sunday, July 6, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. David Madgalene will be emceeing Sonoma County poet contributors to the new anthology “World of Change” plus special guests at Redwood Cafe First Sunday Poetry and Music Series. Featuring David Beckman, Ed Coletti, Carl Macki, Andrew Mayer, Phyllis Meshulam, Elizabeth Herron, Margo van Veen, Bill Vartnaw, and Gor Yaswen. FREE and open to the public. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati.
Monday, July 7, 6:40 p.m. Rivertown Poets A-Museing Mondays at the Aqus Café 189 H St., Petaluma. Featured reader will be Alison Luterman of Berkeley. Sandra Anfang will be opening for Alison with a short set. An open mic follows the poets. See facebook page for details.
Tuesday, July 8, 12:20 p.m. Sher Christian will read from her book Star Kissed Shadows and CD Sweet Tongue accompanied by John Christian on piano at the Sebastopol Senior Center birthday lunch. If you want to come for lunch at noon for a $4.00 donation, please RSVP at the center, 829-2440. They serve tasty lunches and have a vegetarian choice. 167 High Street, Sebastopol (next to the library). http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/
Tuesday, July 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present Hot Summer Nights. The theme is “Love and Poetry.” Featured readers are Michelle Wing, Patricia Nelson, Juanita Martin, Pamela Taeuffer and Kay Mehl Miller. At Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More information: www.redwoodwriters.org.
Thursday, July 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m. The Sebastopol Senior Center launches its first Open Mic. An action-packed, fun- filled afternoon of musicians, singers, comedians and poets including Sher and John Christian. Hosted by singer/songwriter, Alice Bradshaw, a funny and folksy entertainer. One 15 minute slot is open. Call 829-2440 to sign up. No charge. Refreshments will be served. If you want to come for lunch at noon for a $4.00 donation, please RSVP at the center, 829-2440. 167 High Street, Sebastopol (next to the library).
Thursday, July 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with Sonoma County Poet Laureate Katherine Hastings, curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series, and novelist Gil Mansergh, host of KRCB Radio’s Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, reading from new works. 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, July 10, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series welcomes readers from from the Chicago literary journal RHINO and special guest Marin County poet Roy Mash for an evening of innovation and imagination. Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. Featuring: Roy Mash, Julia B. Levine, Karen Llagas, Cintia Santana, Kevin Simmonds, Daniel Suarez and Angela Narciso Torres. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. For complete details including the authors’ full bios, see: http://whytherearewords.com
Friday, July 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Double Book Launch: Donna Emerson & Phyllis Meshulam. Two local thoroughbred poets launch chapbooks from Kentucky’s Finishing Line Press. At Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Ct.,Occidental. Donna Emerson and Phyllis Meshulam will read from Following Hay (Emerson) and Doll/Moon (Meshulam), accompanied by musician Jared Emerson-Johnson, on piano, violin, guitar, mandolin. Q and A to follow with book sales and signing. More details: www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/book-launch-donna-emerson-and-phyllis-meshulam
Saturday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. Bibliophoria Artwalk 2.5 miles round trip from Sebastopol Plaza. A book and print lover’s walk exploring the many book resources of Sebastopol. We will have a special tour of our local letterpress printing shop, a walk through the Bibliophoria show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and get some exercise. Wear sunscreen, a hat and walking shoes. Bring water and a light snack. You may want your camera as well. More details: bibliophoria.com
Sunday, July 13, 2:00-5:00 p.m. 2014 Author Launch Celebration by Redwood Writers. Listen to snippets from a host of good books, pick up some great new reads, and join all of us in celebrating our writers’ publication successes! Members of Redwood Writers proudly bring forward 20 of their new literary efforts at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is free for all members of the general public, and $5 for members. Sponsored by Redwood Writers. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Tuesday, July 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present Hot Summer Nights. The topic is “Short Stories.” Featured readers are Jean Wong, Jo Lauer, Kate Farrell and Sunny Lockwood. At Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More information: www.redwoodwriters.org.
Thursday, July 17, 7:00 p.m., Poet Daniel Ari talks about “A Toy Box of Techniques for Improving your Writing.” $10, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, www.thewritespot.us
Friday, July 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. “Critters and Creators,” free reading, RiskPress Gallery, 7345 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. Featured readers are: Iris Dunkle, Jodi Hottel, John Johnson, Carol Wade Lundberg and Phyllis Meshulam. They will read in the midst of the critters created by Jann Aanestad and Nancy Winn. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 19, noon-2:00 p.m. Redwood Writers hosts the next Library Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. The theme in July is “Fire.” 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.
Sunday, July 20, 12:30-11:30 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/
Sunday, July 20, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon presents husband-wife team of Poets-Laureate, Kevin Gunn & Connie Post. At Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue. Free. Open to the public. Open mic; sign-ups begin at 1:00 p.m. Raffle and book sales. www.hbglitguild.org
Tuesday, July 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present Hot Summer Nights. The theme is “Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction.” Featured readers are Charles Markee, Jeanne Jusaitis, Sandy Baker and Natasha Yim. At Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More information: www.redwoodwriters.org.
Tuesday, July 22, 7:00 p.m. Valerie Fioravanti & Bonnie ZoBell Reading and Q & A at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/334345250023924/
Sunday, July 27, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Writing and the Natural World: A One-Day Writing Retreat for Women with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Outdoors at Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center, 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 includes a period of solitude on the land. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers are welcome. www.susanhagen.com
Tuesday, July 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present Hot Summer Nights. The topic is “Fiction.” Featured readers are Jeane Slone, Julie Winrich, Thonie Hevron and Lenore Hirsch. At Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More information: www.redwoodwriters.org.
Mark Your Calendar for August 2014
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 email@example.com 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 will provide music 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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