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August 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

Sunday August 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. At the Redwood Cafe in Cotati, California Poet Laureate Emeritus Al Young will be reading with San Francisco poet Jeanne Powell (http://www.redwoodcafe.com/main.html).

Monday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays August reading features poets Katharine Harer and Maya Khosla, followed by an open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:00 p.m. Please prepare no more than three minutes of poetry to share. The series continues on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays

Wednesday Mornings, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. An ongoing weekly writing 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. $195 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday Afternoons, August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2:00-4:30 p.m. “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  An 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. $195 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday, August 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Donna Emerson will read new poems at the Marin Summer Traveling Show at the Larkspur Library. Rose Black and Janet Jennings will also read and there is no charge for admission See donnaemerson.com for details.

Thursday Mornings, August 13 and 20, 10:0 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  “Women Writing Through Transition and Change.” An 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. $195 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday, August 13, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents an expansive evening of six acclaimed authors reading their works on the theme of “Reach.” Come enjoy the full scope of their offerings. John Boilard, Melissa Cistaro, M. Allen Cunningham, Carol Harada, Joshua Mohr, Bonnie Zobell. $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito; whytherearewords@gmail.com, www.whytherearewords.com.

Friday Mornings, August  14, and 21, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle with author and 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

Friday, August 14, 5:30 p.m. artFlare, SoCo Women’s Art Group presents WORDS and IMAGES; Poets & Artists. “Poets with Books” features Healdburg Literary Laureate 2008-9, Vilma Ginsberg, plus Sher Christian, Maryann Schacht, Marco Tate, David Beckman. Renee Owen. Music by Joe Meeker, John Christian and Brian Foster. Poets/Artists Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reading 7:00-9:00 p.m. ART SHOW three weekends August 14-16, 21-23, 28-30: New Works by Batja Cates, Barbara Goodman, Mary Prisland and Nina Ayin Reimer. Located at 3480 Finley Ave., Bldg 33, #106, Santa Rosa (across from Barracks Studio). www.artflare.net

Saturday, August 15, 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. $135 in advance. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, August 15, 2:00 p.m. Author Jonah Raskin will read from his new book A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature, published by Regent. The book has chapters about most of the major American poets and novelists and environmental writers: Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and more. Raskin will discuss the book and the idea of the wilderness as a landscape. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma. http://sonomalibrary.org/events/2015-08-15/johah-raskin-author-talk-a-terrible-beauty-the-wilderness-of-american-literature

Saturday, August 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m. An Afternoon with Next Generation Indie Book Award-winning Author Bonnie ZoBell. At Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Free event. Join us before dinner for a lively entertainment with this wonderful writer. Her book will be on sale during the event. Ms ZoBell will read from her latest book, WHAT HAPPENED HERE, a novella and stories, centered on the site where PSA Flight 182 crashed in the North Park area of San Diego. Published in May 2014 by Press 53, it won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in 2015. “Like” Bonnie ZoBell, Author page on Facebook, and see more about her: www:bonniezobell.com. Event details: www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com

Sunday, August 16, 12:30 to 1:30 pm: Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Hospice nurse and award-winning poet, Ann Marie Cheney will read from her book, Life Through Death-Colored Glasses available on Amazon.com. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else. Listeners welcome. Donation: $3 to $10. Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian: http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/

Sunday, August 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild Third Sunday Salon, featuring poets Nancy Cavers Dougherty and Amy Trussell. 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 details: http://hbglitguild.org

Tuesday, August 18, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Free Ongoing Memoirs Class & Group (SRJC Older Adults Program). DON’T JUST HAVE A PAST; SHARE IT. Learn to write and tell tales of personal & family history a new, easy way. Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 No. High St, Sebastopol. Questions? call Gor Yaswen 707-829-1549.

Thursday, August 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter Daniel Ari will talk about “Writing from unexpected sparks.” $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Writers Forum details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Friday, August 21, 5:30 p.m. artFlare, SoCo Women’s Art Group presents WORDS and IMAGES; Poets & Artists. “Women with Words” features 2014-16 Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Katherine Hastings, Bonnie Long, Maya Khosla, plus Abby Lynn Bogomoiny, Jodi Hottel, Phyllis Meshulam, Dianna Grayer. Music by Sheridan Gold. Poets/Artists Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reading 7:00-9:00 p.m. ART SHOW three weekends August 14-16, 21-23, 28-30: New Works by Batja Cates, Barbara Goodman, Mary Prisland and Nina Ayin Reimer.

Wednesday, August 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature Deneene Bell and Shirin Bridges. An open mic follows (five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings

Friday, August 28, 5:30 p.m. artFlare, SoCo Women’s Art Group presents WORDS and IMAGES; Poets & Artists. “Emerging Poets Plus” features Michelle Wing and Vilma Ginsberg, plus Lilith Rogers, Sally Churgel, Jerahmy Parsons and open mic emerging poets. Music by Patricia Hatfield and Judith Lerner.  Poets/Artists Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reading 7:00-9:00 p.m. ART SHOW three weekends August 14-16, 21-23, 28-30: New Works by Batja Cates, Barbara Goodman, Mary Prisland and Nina Ayin Reimer.

Friday, August 28, 6:00 p.m. Come To Know The Poets with former Sonoma County Poet Laureate Mike Tuggle, Bob Jones, Molly Bishop, Gail King, Lawrence Maykel, and Sashana Proctor at the Cazsonoma Inn, 1000 Kidd Creek Rd., Cazadero, CA  Enjoy an evening of music, a four-course dinner, and poetry reading, all for $25 per person. For directions to the Casonoma Inn, 632-5355

Friday, August 28, 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, August 30, 2:00 p.m. You Are Here: A Writing Retreat with Susan Bono at Point Reyes Historic Lifeboat Station. Every story you’ll ever want to tell takes place in a specific geographical location. Whether you are interested in writing family stories, memoir, poetry, or fiction, a weekend spent absorbing the sensory delights of this rare and protected land will expand your relationship with your work. $200 Field Institute members/$220 non-members. Register: www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/classes/you-are-here

Friday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. Petaluma-native Daedalus Howell’s latest book, Quantum Deadline, launches at a reading and signing of the trade paperback edition, at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. A genre hybrid of science fiction and detective fiction, the darkly comic novel is the first of a series of Petaluma-themed books called The Lumaville Labyrinth. See www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/daedalus-howell. More information at DaedalusHowell.com/books.

Saturday, August 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announces a workshop: TURN CHILDHOOD MUSINGS AND CURIOUS INCIDENTS INTO PUBLISHED BOOKS by author David Schwartz. 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://davidschwartz.com. Contact person: ctmarkee(at)gmail.com

Saturday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. Reading from Digging Our Poetic Roots (edited by Katherine Hastings). Anthologies will be on sale. At Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol. For more information, go to www.wordtemple.com and click on the WordTemple Poetry Series tab. For venue information, go to http://sebarts.org/

Mark Your Calendar for September 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields presents Jonathan Franzen, in conversation with Jane Ciabattari. At Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Franzen’s new novel Purity is a magnum opus for our morally complex times. The author of four other novels, and five works of nonfiction, Franzen is a recipient of the National Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Ciabattari is the author of several short story collections with three stories receiving Pushcart Prize special mentions. She is National Book Critics Circle VP/Online (NBCC President 2008-2011), a book columnist for BBC.com, and also contributes to NPR.org, the Daily Beast, the Boston Globe, and NYTBR. With the purchase of the novel Purity at Copperfield’s, readers are allowed the purchase of up to two $10 tickets for the event. The novel is $28 plus tax and will be available for pick up at the event. Purchase tickets at any Copperfield’s bookstore or online at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-presents-jonathan-franzen

Sunday, September 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m. The Redwood Café in Cotati hosts a monthly poetry/music evening. For Labor Day weekend, the readers are three Sonoma County Poet Laureates: Gwynn O’Gara, Mike Tuggle, and Terry Ehret with special guest musician Caitlin Moe. Location: 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. Tel. 707-795-7868. Website: www.redwoodcafe.com/ongoing-monthly-events.html.

Monday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays September reading features poets Robbi Nester and Richard Nester followed by our usual open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:00 p.m. Please prepare no more than three minutes of poetry to share. The series continues on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays

Wednesday Mornings, September 9, 23, 30, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  Weekly Writing Circle for Women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. An ongoing weekly writing 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. $195 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday Afternoons, September 9, 23, 30, 2:00-4:30 p.m. “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!”  An 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. $195 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday Mornings, September 10 and 24, 10:0 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  “Women Writing Through Transition and Change.” An 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. $195 for your choice of four sessions over five scheduled weeks. www.susanhagen.com

Thursday, September 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Roy Mash, author of Buyer’s Remorse, and short-story writer Molly Giles, author of All the Wrong Places and Creek Walk, among others. Free. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Michelle Wing. For more information, go to http://michellewing.com/cpac-books-on-stage.

Thursday, September 10, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents “Stumbling,” an evening of readings that slip right into the path of pure fabulousness. Val Brelinski, Jennifer Clover, David Corbett, Rebecca Foust, Janis Cooke Newman, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, and Fran Wilde. $10. Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. whytherearewords@gmail.com, http://www.whytherearewords.com.

Friday Mornings, September 11 and 25, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” drop-in writing circle with author and 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

Wednesday, September. 16, 7:00 p.m. Reading from Digging Our Poetic Roots (edited by Katherine Hastings). Free. Anthologies will be on sale. At Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. For more information about event, go to www.wordtemple.com and click on the WordTemple Poetry Series tab. For venue information, go to http://www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com.

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter Jennifer Lynn Alvarez will talk about creating vibrant fictional worlds. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Writers Forum details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Thursday, September 17, 7:30 p.m. Poetry Flash presents Rose Black & Shelley Savren reading their poems at Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley. Rose Black’s newest book of poems is Green Field, and Shelley Savren’s is The Wild Shine of Oranges.

Sunday, September 20, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Petaluma Poetry Walk in downtown Petaluma venues. See http://petalumapoetrywalk.org/2015_poetrywalk_schedule.html or pdf brochure for featured readers, locations and schedule.

Sunday, September 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild Third Sunday Salon features authors Jutta Einstoss and Chris Riebli. The Bean Affair, Healdsburg. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon also includes a raffle and book sales. For more information, go to the Healdsburg Literary Guild website at www.hbglitguild.org.

Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m. Quantum Deadline author Daedalus Howell will appear at “Dinner with the Author,” at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma; (707) 778-6060. There will be a reading, Q&A and socializing. Free event (dinner is not included). For more information, visit aquscafe.com or dhowell.com/events.

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