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The Update welcomes announcements of interest to the Sonoma County literary community. Send text only (no attachments or PDFs please) by noon on the last day of the month to: No workshops, classes or readings, please. (Those are posted on the calendar or workshops pages.) An archive of announcements may be found


California Poets in the Schools (Sonoma) Seeking Poet-Teachers for Youth K-12

California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets) seeks independent contractors to work on a contract or freelance basis as Poet-Teachers in Sonoma County. CalPoets’ Poet-Teachers are professional writers who choose to share their skills and knowledge with their communities as Poet-Teachers. They should have demonstrated experience in the literary arts and be passionate about teaching school-aged youth in public school settings. New CalPoets’ Poet-Teachers are paired with experienced mentors to prepare for classroom placement. This is a great opportunity for poets at all stages of their careers. Most Poet-Teachers achieve 1-5 teaching contracts per school year.

Duties and responsibilities, requirements and qualifications, perks/compensation and a link to the application may be found on the site. Click on the Submittable link at the bottom of that web page to apply. 

About California Poets in the Schools:
VISION: California Poets in the Schools’ vision is to enable youth in every California county to discover, cultivate and amplify their own creative voices through reading, analyzing, writing, performing and publishing poetry. When students learn to express their creativity, imagination, and intellectual curiosity through poetry, it becomes a catalyst for learning core academic subjects, accelerating emotional development and supporting personal growth. Our Poet-Teachers help students become adults who will bring compassion, understanding and appreciation for diverse perspectives to dialogue about issues which their communities face.

MISSION: California Poets in the Schools develops and empowers a multicultural network of independent Poet-Teachers, who bring the many benefits of poetry to youth throughout the state. As a membership network we offer opportunities for professional development, peer learning and fundraising assistance for Poet-Teachers in California. We also cultivate relationships with school districts, foundations and arts organizations which can fund and support our members’ professional practices.

For more information, visit


World News, Free with Your Library Card

Read current news with online newspapers and magazines from around the world in dozens of languages!

Sonoma County Library cardholders now have quick and easy access to PressReader, a news resource with more than 7,000 newspapers and magazines to choose from.

PressReader features national and international news from 120 countries in a browsable and visual format that is available for use on any computer or device with a browser and internet access.

With PressReader, you can save and download publications to read later, listen to content out loud, and even have your news translated into a different language. Try it out at:


C&R Press Award for Joan Frank 

Congratulations to Sonoma County author Joan Frank who has received a C&R Press 2021 award for her novel Juniper Street. The prize is $1,000 and and publication.


Two New Book Stores on the Russian River

Russian River Books & Letters is a newly opened bookstore in Guerneville (next to Coffee Bazaar) on Armstrong Woods Rd. Pat Nolan reports it’s a terrific “well-lighted” space with plenty of new titles in all genres. Stay tuned for special events including music, readings, open mics, book clubs, and writing workshops. The proprietor, Michael, is very interested in promoting local authors. He can be reached at or 707-604-7197 Details:

Poet’s Corner Book Store in Duncans Mills, a “charming curated book shop,” is the smallest bookstore in the county. Open since November 2020. Details:


From Page to Film

“Roots in My Garden,” a story published in Sonoma County author Jo Lauer’s book, Returning: A Collection of Stories, is being adapted to film by Reel Freedom Film Company. The film deals with the devastating landmark court case regarding lesbian parenting rights that took place here in Sonoma County.


2021 IPPY Gold Medal for Joan Frank

Where You’re All Going: Four Novellas, by Sonoma County author Joan Frank (Sarabande Books) has won the 2021 Gold Medal for Short Story Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. This year’s medalists represent 46 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces with winners also coming from U.K. and Australia, plus New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Jamaica and Malawi. More details at:

Her book is available from Sarabande Books: 


Touchstone Foundation 2020 Distinguished Book Award

Renée Owen’s poetry collection, This One Life (Backbone Press) has been short-listed for a Touchstone Foundation 2020 Distinguished Book Award. Details:


2021 Northern California Book Awards

Sonoma County authors have been nominated for a Northern California Book Award this year for books published in 2020. This year’s nominees include and Joan Frank in Creative Nonfiction (Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place,  University of New Mexico Press) and John Johnson, Nancy Morales, and Terry Ehret in California Translation in Poetry (Plagios/Plagiarisms, translated from the Spanish of Ulalume Gonzalez de Leon, Sixteen Rivers Press)


Sonoma County Library Offers Express Services

Beginning April 26, the Sonoma County Library is offering in-person Express Services six days a week (plus Sundays at Central Santa Rosa Library). Express Services allows those who have limited access to our online library, or who miss their in-person library experience, to join us in reopening gradually and safely. Eleven regional libraries are open twice a day, for one-hour sessions, at less-than-normal capacity. Reservations are encouraged and are available here.

In-Person Service Schedule:
Monday, Tuesday: 1-2 pm and 5-6 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11 am-12 pm and 3-4 pm
Central Santa Rosa Library will also be open on Sundays from 3-4 pm

As the county moves into higher tiers and more people are vaccinated, library services will continue to expand. We will still offer services online and by telephone. Learn more:


Sonoma County Library’s Free Digital Newsstand

Your Sonoma County Library card unlocks access to the world’s largest digital newsstand? Our digital magazine collection is now on OverDrive and the Libby app (Digital magazines were previously hosted through RBdigital.) Digitally stream popular and new issues of magazines like The New Yorker, The Week Magazine, Us Weekly, New Scientist, Cooks Illustrated, and The Economist.

Explore thousands of current and back magazine issues today


Sonoma County Library Announces Enki: An eBook Platform from Librarians

Expand your eBook experience with Enki! This statewide eBook service contains more than 90,000 eBooks in all areas of fiction and non-fiction, for children, teens, and adults. Enki is a free, open-source eBook platform created by libraries for libraries. It is named after the Sumerian god of mischief, intelligence and creativity. There are never any holds or wait for Enki eBooks.

Enki features:

  • Graphic novels and comics
  • Children’s books
  • Mysteries, romance novels, horror, and thrillers
  • Spanish titles
  • Crafting and gardening reads
  • Classic literature
  • Indie writers
  • Short stories and essays
  • Encyclopedias

Learn more at:



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