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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 at:

how Her a Flower, A Bird, A ShadowIndies Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, a short story and hybrid prose collection by Peg Alford Pursell, has been selected as a 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist. Winners will be announced on June 15, 2018. The book was also honored by Poets & Writers magazine’s “Five over Fifty” annual feature in December 2017.

The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County

The Free Bookmobile zoomed into action after the devastating fires, bringing its mobile resource to many of the evacuation centers, making sure that adults and children alike had the opportunity to relieve their stress for a while with a great book. Now the Free Bookmobile is targeting the schools and neighborhoods that were most affected. As fire victims gradually put the basics back together – a stable living situation and resumption of employment and education – the Bookmobile wants to help them replace their treasured books. It’s part of what makes a house a home!

It is especially important that children of all ages are able to supplement their school work with a variety of reading material from a home library. Often overlooked in this equation are teens and young adults, who seem to spend much more time on their phones than reading. Would it surprise you to learn that, when the Bookmobile visits local high schools, there is a line out the door the entire time it is on campus? Many of the school libraries are virtually empty but teenagers are clamoring to get inside the Free Bookmobile!

The Bookmobile needs your support. It has major donors who will match every donation, up to a total of $3,000! That means your gift can be doubled to make sure that all young adults throughout Sonoma County have the opportunity to put down their devices and enjoy the enrichment of a great book. Just click here to donate securely online. You may also donate books to the Free Bookmobile! Drop-off locations are listed on the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County website, along with its visiting schedule, volunteer opportunities and breaking news :


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