August 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
Friday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. Maria Gitin reads from This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/maria-gitin
Sunday, August 3, 11:30 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. Last month’s group was very productive. Listeners welcome too. 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 RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and come scent free. http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/.
Saturday, August 2, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books, Meet and Greet with Dorena Rode, local author of The Twelve Steps as a Path to Enlightenment. At Copperfield’s, 138 N Main Street, Sebastopol. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/meet-and-greet-dorena-rode
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, vocals and piano, and Jan Martinelli, bass, will be dishing out the blues. 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.
Tuesday, August 5, 5:00 p.m. Henry Trione reads from Footprints of the Baker Boy. Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/henry-trione%E2%80%A8
Wednesday mornings, August 6 and 20, 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, August 6 and 20, 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
Wednesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m. Rhys Bowen reads from Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness Mystery #8). At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/rhys-bowen
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. Matthew Fox reads from Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times. At Copperfields Books, 138 N Main Street, Sebastopol. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/matthew-fox
Monday, August 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors, Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Featuring: Christoper Riebli, The Body’s Perfect, fiction; John McCarty, A Thousand Slippers, war novel; Helen Sedwick, Self-publisher’s Legal Handbook, non-fiction; Sharon Bard, editor, Steeped In The World Of Tea, tea stories; Pamela Taeuffer, Shadow Heart, romance novel. Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or email@example.com.
Monday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Linwood Barclay reads from No Safe House. At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/linwood-barclay
Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. Lit Night with Malcom Brooks, author of Painted Horses. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lit-night-malcolm-brooks
Wednesday, August 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Healdsburg Poetry Reading featuring Katherine Hastings, David Seter, and Penelope la Montagne. At 109 Mill Street at the Pacific Union Real Estate office on the corner of Healdsburg Avenue and Mill Street, south end of Healdsburg. Easy parking. Free.
Thursday, August 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m. The Sebastopol Senior Center has its Second Thursday Open Mic. An action-packed, fun-filled afternoon of musicians, singers, comedians, storytellers, and poets including Sher and John Christian. Hosted by singer/songwriter, Alice Bradshaw, a funny and folksy entertainer. Call 829-2440 to sign-up asap for a ten minute time slot. Refreshments will be served. If you want to come for a tasty, generous lunch at noon for a $4.00 donation, please RSVP at the center, 829-2440. Vegetarian available. 167 High Street, Sebastopol. (next to the library)
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
Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. Rebecca Lawton reads from Steelies and Other Endangered Species, at Reader’s Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Saturday, August 16, 1:00 -4:00 p.m. Celebrate Poetry at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Love, Life and Romance in Russian California. Contemporary and historic poetry and passages in Russian, English & Spanish will be read by ARK (http://ark-ca.org) actors Artem Mishin, Elena Segal and Alexander Litovchenko. Russian-Spanish love story of early 19th century San Francisco Presidio (as told by Bret Harte, Andrey Voznesensky, George Langsdorff and Nikolay Rezanov). “Romantic” side of life at Fort Ross & San Francisco (as reflected in reports of Karl Schmidt, Dmitry Zavalishin, Russian America officials and foreign visitors). Love verses of Native Californians of Metini & Bodega Bay (as described by P. Kostromitinov). Poets of Fort Ross/Metini: Alexander Rotchev (19th c.) and Martina Morgan (contemporary). Poetry Circle: bring your favorite love poem. Outside reading- bring your own blanket, cushions. California State Parks day use entrance fees apply. For more information, www.fortross.org/events.htm or call: 707-847-3437
Sunday, August 17, 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 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, August 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon presents two fine area poets, Iris Jamahl Dunkle and Clare Morris at the Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue. The event is, as usual, FREE and open to the public. There will be open mic, [sign-ups begin at 1:00 PM], as well as raffle and book sales. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Details at www.hbglitguild.org.
Thursday, August 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Writers Forum of Petaluma presents Jennifer Lynn Alvarez: “Paths to Publication: An Overview: Writing tips and tools to begin, finish and edit manuscripts.” $10, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma. Details at: www.thewritespot.us
Sunday, August 24, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Taurean Horn Press is celebrating its 40th Anniversary at Poetry SoCo with the first of two readings (the 2nd will be October 26). Some of the poets who will be crossing bridges to come up to read include Gail Mitchell, Bernard Gershenson, Q. R. Hand and Jeanne Powell. Bill Vartnaw will be hosting and reading as well. Coffee Catz in Sebastopol, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, (707) 829-6600.
Monday, August 25, 7:00 p.m. Brian Doyle: The Plover. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brian-doyle
Wednesday, August 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature readers Stefanie Freele, Lily Mazzarella and Daniel Coshnear. Open mic follows (Five minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings
Thursday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read Presents Consecutive Interpretation: an Interactive Poetry Reading with Ukiah’s Poets Laureate Dan Barth, David Smith-Ferri, Linda Noel, Armand Brint, Theresa Whitehill, and Bill Churchill. Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, Ukiah. See: www.coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Consecutive-Interpretation-Reading-Announcement.pdf
Mark Your Calendar for September 2014
Monday, September 1, 6:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets: A-Muse-ing Mondays. No need to check your calendar; it is indeed happening on Labor Day. Featuring two wonderful poets: Ethel Mays and Judy Bebelaar, followed by the usual open mic. After you tire of the picnics and beer, family, and hoopla, wander on down to the Aqus Cafe (189 H Street in Petaluma) for a gastronomic and auditory dessert. See facebook page for details.
Thursdays, September 4-25, 6:30-9:00 p.m. True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison; $100-175/sliding scale. Undercover Baking Agency, 463 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. email@example.com. See Workshops page for details.
Thursday, September 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with poet Michelle Wing, author of Body on the Wall and co-editor of Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, and novelist and short-story writer Amanda McTigue, author of Going to Solace. 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, September 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. The North Bay Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) announces a workshop on HOW TO WRITE OPENINGS THAT HOOK READERS by author Annemarie O’Brien. 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, $15 for non-members with pre-registration on-line. $15 for members, $20 for non-members at the door. Visit the speaker’s website at http://annemarieobrienauthor.com.Registration: Click here to pre-register. Contact ctmarkee(at)gmail.com.
Sunday, September 7, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Geri Digiorno, her sister, Nancy Keane, and her daughter, Michelle Baynes will be reading. Smooth Toad (GP Skratz and company) will be coming up from Berkeley to provide their eclectic & wonderful poetry and music. At Redwood Cafe First Sunday Poetry & Music Series. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati.
Monday, September 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The UUCSR Writers regular monthly meeting: Writer presentations of a work in progress. Novelists, poets, memoirists, screenwriters, whatever your chosen work, come and share your written words with us. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. If you plan to attend, email Georgette G. deBlois: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 8, 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 Will Shonbrun, Falling Upstate (fiction); Pamela Fender, Beside Myself (memoir); Sabrina Rawson, Briksanna’s Sacrifice (adult fantasy romance); Dianna L. Grayer, Ph.D, Journaling (workbook for self-esteem); Waights Taylor, Jr., Kiss of Salvation (detective novel). Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or Local Author’s Distributor: email@example.com
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents an evening of treasured authors reading on the theme of “Treasure.” Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10. Featuring: Faith Adiele, Lucy Corin, Ali Eteraz, Mary-Rose Hayes, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Angela Pnueman, Linda Gray Sexton and Renee Swindle. 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
Thursday, September 11, 7:30 p.m. Second of two 40th anniversary celebrations for Taurean Horn Press at Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Suite 101, Sebastopol. Bill Varnaw will be reading with Avotcja, whose With Every Step I Take Taurean Horn published last year. Avotcja was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Berkeley Poetry Festival this year. She is a wonderful, rhythmic reader. She has an award-winning CD with her jazz group, Avotcja & Modupue. Check out her website: www.avotcja.org
Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. Poet-orio For Mother Earth is a unique multi-arts event exploring connections with the living world. Poets Jane Hirshfield and Linda Pastan (visiting from Maryland) read from their work. Host Joyce Kouffman premieres her symphonic music plus original short films inspired by the poems. A jazz trio featuring pianist Mary Watkins performs… and more. At the Point Reyes Station Presbyterian Church, 11445 Highway One. $20 advance (recommended); $25 at the door. Info and tickets: www.JoyceJazz.com
Sunday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts. Book Launch for Jeane Slone’s historical fiction novel, She Was an American Spy in World War II. The novel is about how young women were recruited to become spies, what basic training and finishing school was like and real missions they were sent on. Reading plus power point presentation filled with unusual as well as funny stories about spy camp. Free Admission. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, corner of Bohemian and Graton Rds. More info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.org
Saturday, September 20, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Writing as a Spiritual Practice: A One-Day Writing Retreat for Women” for with author/writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle day of exploration begins with meditation, guided imagery, and nature-based practices to quiet the thinking mind. The format includes two long writings, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection from others. You’ll learn simple techniques for effortless writing and share your stories in a supportive circle of women. At a private cottage in Occidental. Tuition is $100. Additional dates are October 25-26 and November 8. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, September 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Poetry reading, discussion and signing with Michelle Wing, author of Body on the Wall and co-editor of Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence. Free. At the Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. For more information, call (707) 894-5271 or go to http://sonomalibrary.org/locations/cloverdale-regional-library.
Saturday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series, featuring Gillian Conoley, Danusha Lameris, William Greenwood. At Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. For more information, please visit www.wordtemple.com.
Sunday, September 21, 11 a.m to 7:00 p.m. The 19th Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk takes place at eight venues, beginning at the Seed Bank and ending at Aqus Cafe. See www.petalumapoetrywalk.org for schedule. Featured poets: Beverly Burch, Donna Emerson, John Johnson, Dick Bakken, Adelle Foley, Jack Foley, Michelle Baynes, Geri Digiorno, Nancy Keane, Joyce Jenkins, Jeanne Powell, Kim Shuck, Molly Fisk, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Nancy Daughterty, Nancy Long. Eileen Malone, Katherine Hastings, Ron Salisbury, Lynn Watson, Clara Bellino, Marvin Hiemstra, Kirk Lumpkin and David Madgalene.
Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading: Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jan Beatty. Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco.
Sunday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “Returning to Daily Life After a Wilderness Quest: A Writing Circle to Support the Incorporation Phase of the Ceremony.” For adults who’ve completed a wilderness rite of passage. Regardless of when or where you undertook your Wilderness Quest, you will always carry the Ceremony within you. This day on the land is an opportunity to reflect on the medicine you received during your sacred journey and share it with other initiated adults who speak the same Earth Language. The day includes smudging, drumming, earth-based ceremony, time alone on the land, and reflective writing. Outdoors at Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center, Occidental. Another session offered November 16. Tuition is $100 plus $10 land-use fee. www.susanhagen.com