March 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
Monday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets A-muse-ing Mondays will host poets Nancy Wakeman and Kate Godsey at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Plus open mic. Info: https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. Robert Moss reads from The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse. Join Robert Moss for an unforgettable journey that will expand your sense of reality as he shares his adventures in walking between the worlds. He presents nine keys for living consciously at the center of the multidimensional universe, embracing synchronicity, entertaining our creative spirits, and communicating with a higher Self. Copperfields Books, 138 N Main St, Sebastopol.
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00-9:30 p.m. First of six evening WriteMind™ Creative Writing Workshops with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($220 if paid in advance). A $50 deposit holds your space. Classes are held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 6, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First of six morning WriteMind™ Creative Writing Workshops with Clara Rosemarda. See March 5 above.
Thursday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. Michelle Richmond reads from Golden State. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Anna Quindlen, Golden State is a powerful, mesmerizing new novel that explores the intricacies of marriage, family, and the profound moments that shape our lives. Copperfield’s Books Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa.
Thursday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson reads from Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us about the Origins of Good and Evil. An eye-opening book about the animals at the top of the food chain and what they can teach us about the origins of good and evil in ourselves. Bestselling author Jeffrey Masson strips away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear, offering a powerful and compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression. Copperfields Books, 138 N Main St, Sebastopol.
Thursday, March 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announces a workshop WRITING WONDERFUL CHARACTER-DRIVEN PICTURE BOOKS by author, Marsha Diane Arnold. This meeting will be held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 282 S. High Street (left side door), Sebastopol, 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. Pre-Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ztqkjicab&oeidk=a07e8uqel9r014ea625. Contact ctmarkee(at)gmail.com
Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Narrator’s Tale, All about Point of View. Workshop with Ana Manwaring, The Sitting Room (www.sittingroom.org). Reserve by March 1 (email@example.com). See Workshop page for details.
Saturday, March 8, 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 March is “Women,” in honor of International Women’s Day, which is on the day of the reading. 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.
Sunday, March 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come meet and chat with author Marylu Downing who will be signing copies of her book, Tales from the West Pole. Copperfields Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa.
Sunday, March 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Panel on Audiobooks. Ever considered what it would take to get your book made into an audiobook? Then this is the panel for you! Becky Parker Geist, a voiceover professional and owner of Pro Audio Voices, and Jeane Slone, a member of CMedia Labs, appear at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. The discussion is moderated by Linda C. McCabe. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Redwood Writers. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Monday, March 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine with Local Authors: Jean Wong, short stories, Sleeping With The Gods; Jo Lauer, women’s short stories, Returning; Zak Zaiklne, children’s book, Eugene and the Magic Carrot Tree; Laury Rappaport, Psych/spirituality, Mindfulness/Art Therapies; Tom Lombardo, political thriller, American Underground. Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Monday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. Raphael Block will be sharing work from his new book Spangling Darkness. Dr. Insomniac’s Cafe, 800 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945. Theadora Block will offer musical accompaniment on guitar and vocals. Open mic sign-up 6:40 p.m. More info at: http://raphaelblock.com/events
Tuesday, March 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Written Word Mixer at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Written Word is a mixer to connect and network writers, authors, poets, readers, copywriters, illustrators, journalists, printers, bookmakers, bloggers, graphic artists, screenwriters, proofreaders and the like. Sponsored by Copperfields Books. $10 entrance; $5 for Aqus Community members. Details at: www.aqusnews.com/postings/302/Mixer%20Written%20Word%20-%20Mar%202014.pdf
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series wants you to name the theme. Featured authors Kristen Chen, Adrianne Harun, David Haynes, Maria Hummel, Michael Nava, Ethel Rohan read from their work. Listen closely and decide the evening’s theme. $10. For complete details including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website at: http://whytherearewords.com. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272. email: email@example.com
Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. “Are We There Yet?” OFF THE PAGE Readers Theater will showcase the works of local writers and musicians. The theme refers to all kinds of journeys; driven by cars, buses, campers, planes, hearts, and minds. This nagging refrain is likely there in all of us as long as we occupy this planet! Directed by Hilary Moore, Pat Hayes and Mike Hayes. At the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tickets: $15.00, available at brownpapertickets.com after February 15, and at the door.
Saturday, March 15, 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 Saturday, April 26, and a TWO-DAY workshop May 31/June 1. Tuition is $100 per one-day session and $185 for two days. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, March 15, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Narrator’s Tale, All about Point of View. Workshop with Ana Manwaring. Napa Valley College, Napa. Pre-register by March 7: 707-967-2900. See Workshop page for details.
Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. “Are We There Yet?” OFF THE PAGE Readers Theater will showcase the works of local writers and musicians (see March 14 listing for more details). At the Arlene Francis Center (benefit performance for host organization), 99 6th Street, Santa Rosa. Tickets: $15.00, available at brownpapertickets.com after February 15, and at the door.
Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Write of Spring, a one-day writing & meditation workshop. Fee $95 (some scholarships available). A $50 deposit by March 12th will hold your space. This w/s will be held in a comfortable home near Downtown Santa Rosa. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 16, 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 hot drink and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room and camaraderie of fellow writers. 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, March 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon presents C.D. Payne, author of ten humorous novels for all ages, that have won a large cult following around the world, especially among young adult readers. His best-known work, Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp, was the basis of a 2010 film. Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue. FREE. Open to the public. Open mic; sign-ups begin at 1:00 p.m. Raffle and book sales. More info: www.hbglitguild.org. E-mail: email@example.com
Monday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. On St. Patrick’s Day Katherine Hastings will be the featured reader at the Crossroads Irish American Festival in San Francisco. The venue will be Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco. An evening of Irish Soda Bread, drinks and poetry: www.irishamericancrossroads.org/calendar.html
Thursday, March 20, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Writers Forum of Petaluma Presenters Constance Hale and Michael Shapiro. A Sense of Place: Two master travel writers reflect on how to evoke character and setting in any genre. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. $10 at the door. See Workshops page for more info.
Thursday, March 20, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Ellen Bass and Andrea Hollander, award winning poets and teachers, will be featured at Marin Poetry Center, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. Members: $3.00, nonmembers: $5.00.
Friday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. “Are We There Yet?” OFF THE PAGE Readers Theater will showcase the works of local writers and musicians (see March 14 listing for more details). At the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St, Sebastopol. Tickets: $15.00, available at brownpapertickets.com after February 15, and at the door.
Saturday, March 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. National Book Award winner George Packer headlines Writing Toward a Sustainable Community, a morning of dialogue and discovery centered on Packer’s book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America. In addition to Packer’s address, the schedule includes a panel discussion with local leaders addressing the challenges of economic inequality outlined in The Unwinding. The event is presented by the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference at Napa Valley College. Admission is $85 for the full colloquium, including locally-sourced breakfast and lunch; or $40 for Packer’s lecture and morning panel discussion only. For further information and to register, visit napawritersconference.org or call (707) 967-2900 x1611.
Saturday, March 22, 2:00 p.m. Healing the Earth — How we can contribute. A presentation through poetry, words and music, with Terry Ehret, Raphael Block, Caitlin Moe and Theadora Block at Santa Rosa Central library, 211 E. St.. Free of charge, refreshments provided. For more info and flyer see: http://raphaelblock.com/events
Saturday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. “Are We There Yet?” OFF THE PAGE Readers Theater will showcase the works of local writers and musicians (see March 14 listing for more details). At the Glaser Center, Santa Rosa (benefit performance for host organization), 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Tickets: $15.00, available at brownpapertickets.com after February 15, and at the door.
Saturday, March 29, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter is hosting its annual Pitch-O-Rama in San Francisco at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St. (between Guerrero & Valencia Sts.) . You will have an opportunity to pitch your book to 12 literary agents, publishers and editors. The morning includes a free pre-pitch training session when writers will receive training; a two-hour, one-on-one pitch session; and mentoring throughout the pitch session. For for more information and to register, please see the WNBA’s website: http://wnba-sfchapter.org/pitch-o-rama-2014. The fee is $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers.
Mark Your Calendar for April 2014
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.
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