October 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
Sunday, October 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Redwood Cafe First Sunday Poetry & Music Series. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Featuring: Joan Brady, Ed Mycue and Noris Benet (also playing zither)
Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featuring Sonoma County Poet Laureate Katherine Hastings and award-winning poet and Blue Light Press creator, Diane Frank. Katherine Hastings is the author of Nighthawks (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, 2014) and Cloud Fire (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012) as well as several chapbooks. Diane Frank is an award-winning poet and author of six books of poems, including Swan Light, Entering the Word Temple, and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. Rivertown Poets was designed to unite seasoned poets and amateurs in the spirit of mutual enjoyment and celebration of the spoken word. 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. 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, October 8, 15, 22, and 29 , 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, October 8, 15, 22, and 29, 6:30–9 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, October 9, 6:00 p.m. Book Launch and Reading for Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, featuring writers from the YWCA Changing Hurt to Hope program, $20 ticket includes entrance fee plus copy of the book. Refreshments by Jackson’s Bar & Oven. At the Finley Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa. Limited seating. RSVP to April at (707) 303-8402. All proceeds benefit YWCA domestic violence services. More information at www.ywcasc.org.
Thursday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents an eloquent bounty of readings from the following authors on the theme of “Plenty.” Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. Featuring: Katie Crouch, Anne Germanacos, Josh Mohr, Bich (Beth) Minh Nguyen, Ellen Sussman, and Josh Weil. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Why There Are Words is an award-winning literary reading series curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell. For complete details including the authors’ full bios, see: http://whytherearewords.com
Friday, October 10, 12:30 p.m. through Sunday, October 12, 12 noon. Voices of Gold, California Poets in the Schools Annual Symposium, 50th Anniversary Edition! Featuring: Al Young, Jack Grapes, Josh Healey and Jason Bayani. Cost: Modular, from $80 to $300. Classroom Teacher discounts available and partial day registrations possible. Location: Earthrise Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), Petaluma/Novato. Contact information: Terri Glass: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tina Pasquinzo: (415) 221-4201. They can take registrations by phone, by email, or snail mail.
Saturday, October 11, 5:00–6:30 p.m. Redwood Writers 2014 Anthology Launch. Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village (775 Village Court, Santa Rosa). Redwood Writers will officially launch its 2014 Anthology: Water at Copperfield’s Books, Santa Rosa, with 13 contributing writers reading selections: Susanna Solomon, Lynn Millar, Harry Reid, Nina Tepedino, Susan Littlefield, Helen Sedwick, Arlene Dawdy, Jennie Frost Butler, Ana Manwaring, Venus Maher, David Mechling, Jack Fender, and Deborah Taylor-French. Pamela Fender will serve as emcee of this free event.
Monday, October 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors at Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Hear five authors read from their books, followed by Q & A from the audience. Featured authors are Thonie Hevron (Intent to Hold, mystery crime), Montgomery Taylor, CPA, CFP (Before It’s Too Late, non-fiction, retirement & Estate Solutions), Carrie Cader (Burnt Cupcakes, memoir), Armando Garcia-Davila (Profile, poetry/stories), Jutta Einstoss (A Red Tail Hawk, memoir). Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or Local Author’s Distributor: email@example.com
Thursday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. Book Launch and Reading for Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, plus new work, featuring writers from the YWCA Changing Hurt to Hope program. Free. At the Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma. Books will be on sale for $15. All proceeds benefit YWCA domestic violence services. More information at www.ywcasc.org or by calling April at (707) 303-8402.
Friday mornings, October 17, 24, and 31, 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, 1674 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, across from Coffee Catz patio in Sebastopol. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com
Friday, October 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hello, Goodbye: A Book Launch for Susan Bono and a Tribute to Tiny Lights! Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd., Occidental. All good things come to an end, and after 19 years, editor and publisher Susan Bono is retiring Tiny Lights, the personal essay journal she founded in 1995. On October 17, join her in paying tribute to the writers and artists who made Tiny Lights such a guiding beacon. There will be readings by select Tiny Lights authors Dan Coshnear and Clara Rosemarda, and souvenirs of Tiny Lights’ illustrious past. After toasting the end of an era (there will be champagne!), Susan will read from her latest publishing project: What Have We Here—a collection of her own essays about keeping house and finding home. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com.
Saturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series, featuring Robin Becker and Brian Komei Dempster. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. For more information, please visit www.wordtemple.com.
Sunday, October 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. 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. Listeners welcome. *Please come scent free. Appreciation to Coffee Catz for hosting by purchasing a little something is encouraged, but not required. Hosted by Sher and John Christian. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/
Tuesday, October 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Written Word Mixer at The Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville Petaluma. One of the most popular social events for local writers – this event connects and networks writers, authors, readers, copywriters, illustrators, journalists, bloggers, graphic artists, and the like. Breakout sessions with Subject Matter Experts: Screen Writing – Eric J. Adams. Printing Broker – Lorna Johnson, Publishing – Waights Taylor, Book Doctoring – Elaine Silver, Marketing – Amanda McTigue, Social media for writers – Frances Lefkowitz, Play Writing – Nancy Long. $15 entrance, $5 for Aqus Community Members. Flier: www.aqusnews.com/postings/329/Mixer%20Written%20Word%20-%20Oct%202014%20Final3.pdf
Saturday, October 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.Redwood Writers will host its monthly Open Mic Reading at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, with featured readers Crissi Langwell and Helen Sedwick. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Saturday, October 25, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Taurean Horn Press is celebrating its 40th Anniversary at Coffee Catz with the second of two readings. The readers will include Avotcja, Fran Claggett, Joe Jeremy, Tom Sharp, Kim Shuck, Lynn Watson and Bill Varnaw. Kim Shuck’s brand new book, Clouds Running In, will be featured. See www.kimshuck.com. Hosted by Bill Vartnaw. Coffee Catz in Sebastopol, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, (707) 829-6600.
Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day. “Tending the Fire, Spirit and Heart of the Writer: a two-day writing retreat for women” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Learn simple techniques for effortless writing and share your stories in a supportive circle of women. Each day of this two-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 writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. Return home on Saturday night or arrange your own off-site stay. $187 for both days. Another session is scheduled for one day, November 8. www.susanhagen.com
Sunday, October 26, 2:30 to 4:30. LOCAL WRITERS UNITED, the Sitting Room’s semi-annual event designed so that we can hear from some of our Sonoma County writers who have new books to share; Claire Drucker, Maryann Schacht and Armando Garcia-Davila will kick off the series. There will be time for questions and conversations with them all and for a brief open mike, as others give us previews of their upcoming books. And for light refreshments of course; there is even a rumor that wine will be served…. No need to reserve in advance. Park in the Church lot unless you need closer access, in which case use the Sitting Room driveway, at 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. www.sittingroom.org
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Aqus Literary Speakeasy Halloween Takeover will feature authors Constance Ann Fitzgerald, Spike Marlowe, Christopher Reynaga, Bryan Thao Worra, Andrew Goldfarb, AKA The Slow Poisoner. And your host, Anthology Wizard Ross E. Lockhart (www.haresrocklots.com), publisher and editor-in-chief of Word Horde. Gather for a horrible evening of the weird at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma.
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. Santa Rosa High School Foundation Author’s Night, Angie Chau (1992 SRHS graduate), author of Quiet As They Come, interviewed by Press Democrat’s Chris Smith. Free Admission. Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Thursday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. Book Launch and Reading for Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, plus new work, featuring writers from the YWCA Changing Hurt to Hope program. Free. At the Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery, 204 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Books will be on sale for $15. All proceeds benefit YWCA domestic violence services. More information at www.ywcasc.org or by calling April at (707) 303-8402.
Thursday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read Ukiah. Chris Giovacchini, featured reading; 8:00 p.m. open mic. Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, Ukiah. www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Chris-Giovacchini-Writers-Read-Ukiah-14_1030.pdf
Friday, October 31, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The Russian River Senior Center Open Mic. Trick or Treat! Join us for a fun afternoon of musicians, singers, comedians, storytellers, and poets. YOU! Costumes welcome. Call 707 869-0618 asap to sign-up for your ten minute claim to fame. Donations appreciated. 15010 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. Come early for lunch at noon and socializing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian. Call 707 869-0618 to reserve your lunch.
Friday, October 31, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. New Open Mic! Unity of Ukiah presents All Souls’ Eve Open Mic. Unity of Ukiah, 321 North Bush at Henry, Ukiah. See online calendar: http://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry
Mark Your Calendar for November 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2 p.m. Five Filipina Writers. The third Sitting Room presentation in their Asian-American series will feature Eileen Tabios, Joi Barrios, Michelle Bautista, Leny Mendoza Strobel, and Marianne Villanueva. All are active, published poets and novelists who address the Filipina-American experience. They are contributors to Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets, edited by Tabios. Some will have books for purchase. Whether you are a writer or a reader interested in learning more about this literature, the afternoon promises to be very fulfilling! Special thanks to Sheila Bare, who has organized both the exhibition and the ongoing related events. www.SittingRoom.org
Sunday, November 2, 2:00 p.m. Reading by acclaimed fiction writer Roy Parvin to benefit the Cloverdale Bike Rack Sculpture Project. Free. At the Cloverdale History Center, 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. 707-894-2067. Contact: Marne Dupere: email@example.com
Sunday, November 2, 3:00 p.m. Three Rumi’s Caravan Poets–Kay Crista, Larry Robinson and Doug Von Koss–will perform poems they know by heart to honor with joy and gratitude those who have gone before us. In the library at Friends House, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa. Reception follows. No admission fee. For questions, contact Clare Morris at 576-6695.
Monday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. Featuring Erica Goss, Poet-Laureate of Los Gatos for 2013-2014, the host of Word to Word, a show about poetry, and author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (Push Pen Press 2014), and Francesca Bell, a much-published and exciting voice in the North Bay poetry community. 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. 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, November 5, 12 and 19, 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, November 5, 12 and 19, 6:30 – 9 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, November 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Ruth Thompson, author of Woman with Crows and Here Along Cazenovia Creek, and novelist Don Mitchell, author of A Red Woman Was Crying. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.
Friday mornings, November 7, 14, and 21, 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, 1674 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com
Friday, November 7, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Book Launch for One Too Many, the second mystery in the Rose Leary series by Maureen Anne Jennings. Rose Leary writes murder mysteries, but she never wants to see another real corpse. She tends bar to buy time to write in 1980s New York City, until her gruesome discovery of a murdered colleague derails those careful plans. At Union Hotel, downtown Occidental. More info: http://toughprose.com/one-too-many-2/
Friday, November 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Five authors featured in the forthcoming anthology Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood will read at Sisters Consignment Couture, 117 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Featured readers are Skye Blaine, P.H. Garrett, Laura McHale Holland, Marie Judson-Rosier and Pamela Taeuffer. A drawing for a $25 gift card will take place at intermission, and all attendees will receive a 20 percent discount on purchases that evening. An open mic will follow for community members to share writing on sisterhood. Those who read during the open mic will receive a free ebook of the anthology when it comes out. http://wordforest.com/news-events.
Friday, November 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Book launch for Patrick Fanning’s Rejuvenation, A novel about getting younger in the near future. Readings, Q/A, book sales/signing. Free Admission. Refreshments sold. At Occidental Center for the Arts, located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. For more info: www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/book-launch-fanning
Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m. OFF THE PAGE Readers Theater announces KARMA, showcasing the work of local writers/directors/actors. Coffee Catz Cafe, 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol (www.coffeecatz.net; food/drink available). Writers: Robin Beeman, Catharine Brampkamp, Sher Christian, Shotsie Gorman, Gene Griffith, Kaylin Haught, Louis Jenkins, Susan Fullop Kepner, David Madgalene, Peter Moller, Hilary Susan Moore, Jacquelyn Wells, Brook Harris Wolff. Directors: Pat Hayes, Hilary Moore, Linda Loveland Reid; actors: Susana Crofton, Pat Hayes, Hilary Moore, Jeff Savage, Bruce Voorhes, Lorin Bell, understudy; music: John Christian. Tickets $15 at the door, cash preferred. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday November 8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. “Ten Trends Driving the Future of Publishing” with Mark Coker. Keynote presentation at BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) meeting, followed by workshop on e-publishing with Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. For details and registration, click here.
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. Book launch for Changing Harm to Harmony in the Council Chambers Room at the Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. This is a book on the project of Bullies and Bystanders created by Joe Zaccardi, the Poet Laureate of Marin. Zaccardi selected poems from over 1,000 entries from every state. All proceeds from the sale of Changing Harm to Harmony will go to the Marin Poetry Center’s High School Poetry Program and to Spectrum LGBT Center.
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. A fascinating PowerPoint presentation: Jeane Slone, historical fiction author, will show slides and read passages of her recent book, She Was An American Spy During WW II. This presentation is free and open to the public. Sebastopol Public Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, 823-7691. email@example.com
Saturday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. “Tending the Fire, Spirit and Heart of the Writer: 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 are welcome. At a private cottage in the forest of Occidental. $97. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents KARMA (see November 7 for details). Church of the Oaks, 185 Page St., Cotati (http://www.churchoftheoaks.org)
Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Shepherd Bliss will recite poetry in the oral tradition, accompanied by musician Larry Stefl on a Peruvian huaca flute, a tribute to the late author Dr. Maya Angelou. Other performers will include a gospel choir, poet Larry Robinson, engaged Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, and an African-American singer. The event will be at the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20. More details at numinacenter.org.
Sunday, November 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nualláin House, Publishers, & Iota Press invite you to a publication party for Pat Nolan’s new book of poems, Your Name Here. At the Iota Press printery, 925-D Gravenstein Hwy. South Sebastopol (behind BeeKind). Meet the author, book signing and sales, refreshments in a convivial literary atmosphere. Caution: some poetry will be read.
Sunday, November 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. “What’s Your Book?” with Brooke Warner. Featured speaker at regular meeting of Redwood Writers. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org
Monday, November 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Writers’ Workshop – “Writing Past Fear: Free Your Butterfly” with Tania Pryputniewicz. What story have you kept in the cocoon? What would happen if you wrote it out, just for you? In this dual focus hour-long workshop, we’ll consider our heroes, both famous and family, who have inspired us. Using them as inspiration, we’ll write our cocooned core stories. We’ll also explore the butterfly and hero metaphors via colored pencils and paper cutouts. Art supplies provided. No prior writing experience necessary. $30 fee includes a copy of Tania Pryputniewicz’s new book of poetry, November Butterfly. At Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol. To pre-register or for more information, go to www.taniapryputniewicz.com under “Events” or register at the door.
Monday, November 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Poetry reading. Tania Pryputniewicz reads from her newly-released volume of poetry, November Butterfly. Free. Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472. For more information, go to www.taniapryputniewicz.com under “Events.”
Monday, November 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dining With Local Authors. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Hear five authors read from their books: The Unamericans in Paris, fiction by Jack Grant; The Road to Hope, contemporary fiction by Crissi Langwell; The Hunt for Wolf_Eyes, Suspense/thriller by Ty Strange; Vegan Cowboy, fiction by Carol Treacy; Clear Skin Detox Diet, non-fiction by Lauren Talbot. For seating with a particular author please call 544-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, November 11, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “The Medicine Wheel and the Four Shields of Human Nature,” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen and vision quest guide Shawna Swetech, RN. Enjoy a day of renewal at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker. Explore the Four Shields of Human Nature, spend time alone in the living world, and share your experiences through reflective writing. Designed especially for caregivers, but open to all adults. 6 CE hours for nurses. $140 includes a hot catered lunch. www.susanhagen.com
Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. Poetry Flash reading series presents three poets from Saddle Road Press: Michelle Wing, author of Body on the Wall, Ruth Thompson, author ofWoman with Crows, and Tania Pryputniewicz, author of November Butterfly. Free. At Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. (510) 849-2087, www.moesbooks.com.
Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. till the band stops playing. Pre-release celebration for the anthology Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood at the Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. Anthology editor Laura McHale Holland, book designer Kathy McHale, and several authors who contributed work to the anthology will arrive by 6:30 to mingle over dinner with folks interested in the book. Petaluma Readers Theater co-founders Maureen Studer and Jennifer March and director/actress Leslie Scatchard will kick off the free entertainment at 7:15 with dramatic interpretations of three short memoirs from the book. Local band Sound Kitchen will do a set of eclectic, energizing music. Then professional storytellers John Boe and Ruth Stotter, who contributed stories to the anthology, will tell riveting tales. Afterward, Sound Kitchen will take the stage again. http://wordforest.com/news-events.
Thursday, November 13, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents compelling readings of magnetic force on the theme of “Gravity” by authors: Julia Fierro, Molly Giles, Don Mitchell, Antonya Nelson, Ruth Thompson, Peter Turchi. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; readings begin at 7:15. $10. At Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Why There Are Words is an award-winning literary reading series curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell. For complete details including the authors’ full bios, see: http://whytherearewords.com
Saturday, November 15, noon-2:00 p.m. “Redwood Writers Library Open Mic” hosted by Jean Wong. Theme in November is “The Ultimate Ride.” At the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa, (707) 545-0831. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org
Saturday, November 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Charles Markee, author of María’s Beads, at Healdsburg Copperfields book signing.
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents KARMA (see November 7 for details). Church of the Oaks, 185 Page St., Cotati (http://www.churchoftheoaks.org)
Sunday, November 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Charles Markee, author of María’s Beads, at Montgomery Village Copperfields book signing.
Sunday, November 16, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Writing Circle to Support the Wilderness Quest: A day of reflection for men and women who have completed a wilderness rite-of passage” with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. Regardless of where or when you undertook your Wilderness Quest, you will always carry the Ceremony within you. This day on the land is an opportunity to explore the challenges and gifts of incorporation through the Practice of Council and Reflective Writing. No writing experience necessary. Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center, Occidental. $97 + $10 land-use fee. www.susanhagen.com
Thursday, November 20, 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum of Petaluma presents Nina Amir: How to Evaluate Yourself and Your Book Idea for Success. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. $10 at the door. Details: www.thewritespot.us
Saturday, November 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Charles Markee, author of María’s Beads, at Petaluma Copperfields book signing.
Saturday, November 22, 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. “Redwood Writers Open Mic.” Featured readers are Paul Greenberg and Ayin Weaver. All writers invited to sign up for the second half. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org
Saturday, November 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tellabration, Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving guilds and storytelling enthusiasts in cities around the globe share their storytelling talents. Locally, TELLABRATION!™ brings together each area’s most celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales. Master storytellers, Elaine Stanley, Kirk Waller, Sandra Noman, and Willy Claflin perform at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Free, donations welcome. Parking behind the building. For information call 707-887-7996. The stories are suited for teen and adult audiences.
Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. Susan Bono will read from her recently released book, What Have We Here, Essays About Keeping House and Finding Home. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma.
Mark Your Calendar for December 2014
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.
Sunday, December 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m. “Book Passage: An Open Door for Readers & Writers” with Sam Barry. Featured speaker at regular meeting of Redwood Writers. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org