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September 2016 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.copperfieldsbooks.com
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, September 5, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features two excellent and accomplished poets: Greg Mahrer and Kathleen Winter. This reading is dedicated to Carol Wade Lundberg. Open mic will follow the features, with a limit of three minutes per reader. Try to come a little earlier–the open mic list fills early. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. The  café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays 

Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words: Studio 333, Sausalito. The following acclaimed authors read from their works on the theme of “Everybody Knows”: Mardith Louisell, Elizabeth McKenzie, Linda Michel-Cassidy, Ed Porter, S. Frances Stroh and Heather Young. Readings begin at 7:15. $10, cash or check only. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272. Why There Are Words is an award-winning literary reading series curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell, www.pegalfordpursell.com (and now an independent publishing press, www.wtawpress.org), which draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website, whytherearewords.com.

Friday mornings, September 9, 16 and 23, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” Co-Ed 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. DROP IN at 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, September 9, 12 noon. Afghan-American author Tamin Ansary will speak to the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County about his native country and its role in the world. At the Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa. Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/world-affairs-council-sonoma-county-tamim-ansary

Saturday mornings, September 10 and 24,  9:00–11:00 a.m. PDT, “Women EVERYWHERE Writing Together: a Virtual Telephone Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is a telephone group for women ANYWHERE who are unable to attend a face-to-face writing circle. Explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session includes a check-in, meditation, writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. One class for $47, three classes for $97. Choose your dates; ongoing throughout the year. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, September 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sensory Literary Open Mic, Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. The 2nd Saturday of each month. Round robin open mic. Donation: $5 to $10. Scent free event. Listeners welcome. Please rsvp at poetrysher@gmail.com. Hosted by Sher Christian: http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. Rumi’s Caravan in Oakland. Sebastopol poet Larry Robinson teams up with fellow poets Doug Von Koss, Barry and Maya Spector, Kay Crista, and Carol Bower Foote. Along with a team of musicians, these presenters create “A Poetic Converstion,” by reciting inspirational verse from around the world. Location: 390 27th Street, Oakland, $15 advance/$25 at the door, doors open 6:30 p.m. Details at www.rumiscaravan.com.

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books and the Sonoma County Library present Carl Hiaasen, reading from his new book, Razor Girl. Spend an evening laughing out loud with the New York Times-bestselling author of Bad Monkey, Nature Girl, and Strip Tease in support of the Sonoma County Library! Details at: http://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-books-sonoma-county-library-present-carl-hiaasen

Sunday,  September 11, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Pantheon of Poets, in Santa Rosa. Presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony League, featuring readings from Russ Messing, Donna Emerson, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Marianne Lyon, Armando Garcia Davila, and Sandra Anfang.  All proceeds go to the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra’s music education programs. Tickets must be ordered through the Symphony League website: www.srsymphonyleague.org/festival-of-parties.html. Location information will be given upon registration.

Sunday, September 11, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers hosts Hot Topic Round Tables. Join the fun! Four Redwood Writers experts will “speed date” with you for 18 minutes each on topics such as three types of editors, three indie publishers, three legal documents for authors, and three types of third person POV. When the cowbell rings, your speed daters Arlene Miller, Charles Markee, Helen Sedwick, and Marlene Cullen will regrettably leave you for the next table. $5 members/$10 nonmembers. For more information go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Monday, September 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Beginning of SRJC Community Education class on “Bringing Fiction to Life” with Jean Hegland. Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus. $175 for six weeks. For more information and to register: https://communityed.santarosa.edu

Monday, September 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors. Come dine and hear five authors present their books! Q & A following! Timothy M Beglin, CPA, Ring$ of Value (business/finance); Jennifer Shannon, The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens (self-help); Michael Gillotti, The Seminarian (memoir); Poss Pragoff, Spy Lie Die (novel); Jordan Finneseth, Manual for the Soul: A Beginner’s Guide (self discovery). At Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Minimum $5.00 food purchase. For reservations: info@jeaneslone.com or 544-2491.

Monday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Authors in the Village Court: Dave Barry, Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland. At Copperfields, Montgomery Village. A free event with the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling humorist. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/authors-village-court-dave-barry

Monday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. Omertapalooza! A reading series to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Omerta Publications. Readers: David Anderson, Bill Zavatsky, Bruce F. Kawin. At Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco. For more dates in this series, see: http://lesgottesman.com/

Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Debut Brews introduce readers to exciting new fiction writers at local brew pubs. If you buy a book, the first draft’s on Copperfield’s! Featuring Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank with Me. At HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/debut-brew-julia-claiborne-johnson

Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum presenter Julia Park Tracey on What Writers Need To Know:  The Submission Process—How to pitch, query, track submissions. Do writers need social media? Writers Forum details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center. 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma.

Friday, September 16 to Thursday, September 22. Daily screenings of Patricia Rozema’s film adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel, INTO THE FOREST at the Rialto Cinema, Sebastapol. Q&A conversations with Jean after the Saturday (9/17) 7:10 p.m. and Sunday (9/18) 1:15 p.m. shows. For more information and to buy tickets: http://www.rialtocinemas.com/index.php?location=sebastopol&film=2016_forest

Friday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s presents Gayle Forman, author of Leave Me, a novel for every woman who’s ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner. At Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details: http://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/gayle-forman

Saturday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Lit Night with Amor Towles. A Gentleman in Moscow takes us back in time once again, immersing readers in the elegantly drawn era of 1920s Russia. At Petaluma Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lit-night-amor-towles

Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “Women Writing around the Medicine Wheel: FALL SESSION” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. The natural world has much to teach us about our own inner lives. This is the second of a four-part series exploring the Medicine Wheel, an ancient teaching about the cycles of nature and how these cycles mirror human life. This is the tool we use as the basis for our writing practice. In this session we enter into the ceremony of the west/fall/adolescent, the place of emotion, change, and self-acceptance. The day includes instruction and sharing in circle, time on the land, and writing exercises.  Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. At a beautiful, private, outdoor location in Guerneville. $117 early bird by September 6; $137 thereafter, plus $15 land-use fee. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 p.m. Eileen Tabios, featured reader in LOBA Poetry Series (Mendocino County Library, Ukiah Branch). At the Library, Ukiah. For more info: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry/

Sunday, September 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Redwood Writers fall workshop: All Things Amazon with David Kudler. The world’s largest online retailer offers a plethora of opportunities for the author and indie publisher. Are you taking advantage of the ones that are right for you? From Kindle Direct Publishing to Amazon Advantage to Goodreads, we’ll touch on a wide variety of different programs. Workshop is limited to 30 participants. $35. At Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The 21st Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk, from the Seed Bank to Aqus Cafe. A partial list of featured readers: Barbara Brauer, Nina Lindsay, Dave Seter, Ed Mycue, Cathryn Shea, Duane Big Eagle, Kevin Gunn, Juanita Martin, Daniel McKenzie, Al Young, A.D. Winans, Geri Digiorno, Rebecca Foust, Mike Tuggle, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, and more. Emcees include Terry Ehret, Sande Anfang, Carl Macki, Gwynn O’Gara, Phyllis Meshulam and David Magdalene. Venues and reading details at: www.petalumapoetrywalk.org/2016_poetrywalk_schedule.html

Sunday, September 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic, at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Round robin open mic, short stories and/or poems about your summer, if you like. Listeners welcome. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Donation: $5 to $10. Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian: http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

Sunday, September 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Theresa Whitehill, featured reader at Healdsburg Literary Guild, The Bean Affair, Healdsburg. For more info: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry/

Sunday, September 18, 3:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Jean Hegland at the Rialto Theater after the 1:15 p.m. screening of Into the Forest. Hegland will discuss and sign her book upon which the film is based. The story follows two sisters who are holed up in their parent’s cabin in the forest as they try to survive in an apocalyptic world. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley Street, Sebastapol. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jean-hegland

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00-9:30 p.m. First of six evening Creative Writing Workshops with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net. www.ClaraRosemarda.com

Thursday September 22, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. First of six morning Creative Writing Workshops with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net. www.ClaraRosemarda.com

Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. Luther Burbank Center and Copperfield’s present Ann Patchett. Her new novel Commonwealth tells the enthralling story of two families irrevocably altered by an unexpected romantic encounter. Book signing with author to follow talk. Details and ticket info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-books-luther-burbank-center-present-ann-patchett

Friday, September 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Beginning of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class on “Exploring Fiction Writing” with Jean Hegland. Sonoma State University Campus. Open to adults age 50 or better. $110 for six weeks. For more information and to register: http://www.sonoma.edu/exed/olli

Friday, September 23, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Thumbprint Cellars series features Marissa Silver, author of Little Nothing. This free pairing of authors, books & bottles starts with an author talk in the bookstore and end up two doors down with a signed book and a glass of featured wine. Copperfield’s Books Healdsburg, 106 Matheson Street, followed by Thumbprint Cellars, 102 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/thumbprint-cellars-series-marisa-silver

Friday, September 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Benefit for Black Lives Matter. Poets from the community and students from the Black Student Union at SRJC express and share their thoughts and emotions in poetry, prose and spoken word. Rapper/Poet Damion Square will be one of the performers. Emcee: Abby Bogomolny. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s hosts Brave New Worlds, emerging and established sci-fi, speculative fiction, horror, and fantasy authors. Featured author/book: Alexander Weinstine, Children of the New World: Stories. Petaluma Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-alexander-weinstein

Saturday, September 24, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Writing Workshop for Heart-Centered Women with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Dive deep into your writing to explore what your heart really wants. Learn simple techniques for effortless writing and share your stories in a safe, supportive circle of women. Susan uses meditation and nature-based practices to help access your inner life. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Occidental. $47 Early Bird by September 6; $57 thereafter. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, September 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Jean Hegland, Fall Featured Writer at the Sitting Room, in conversation: a retrospective of Jean’s 35 years of writing. Please come meet Hegland in the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, phone 795-9028, or visit the website: www.SittingRoom.org

Saturday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. Sonoma County poet laureate emerita Katherine Hastings invites you to a book release party for her third collection, Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar (Spuyten Duyvil, NYC) at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  She will be joined by New York poet Lee Slonimsky reading from Consulting with the Swifts — New & Selected Poems and Sonoma County poet Sandra Anfang, author of Looking Glass Heart.  The poets will be introduced by Sonoma County poet laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle.

Wednesday, September 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Short Story Salon with Sherril Jaffe at the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Ever wondered how and why to read short stories? Or even how and why to try to write them? Jaffee will facilitate a discussion of the genre and stories by women in recent New Yorkers. More details: www.sittingroom.org/events.html

Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 p.m. Hotel Healdsburg and Copperfield’s Books host a book signing, Q&A and wine reception for acclaimed author Jay McInerney, author of Bright Precious Days. Dubbed a member of the literary Brat Pack that emerged in the 1980s, McInerney has been heralded as a literary sensation since the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in ‘84. Now, McInerny continues the New York City saga that began with Brightness Falls. A powerful portrait of a marriage and a city in the shadow of the looming subprime mortgage crisis, Bright Precious Days observes the passage of life’s seasons with aching and indelible clarity. Tickets are $40 to attend the reception featuring the wines of Jordan Vineyard and Winery ($50 for two guests) and include a copy of Bright Precious Days. More details and ticket info: http://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/special-ticketed-event-jay-mcinerney

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read Ukiah. Featured reader, Linda Noel. Open mic at 8:00 p.m. Art Center Ukiah, Ukiah. For more info: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry/

Mark Your Calendar for October 2016

Saturday, October 1, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Redwood Writers “Take the Mic” Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E Street. The general public is invited. Free. Sign up and include a 50 word bio at rwlibrary@redwoodwriters.org.

Saturday, October 1, 12:00-4:30 p.m. 21st Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival 2016, “Stands Up for the Earth,” with dynamic readings by over thirty poets and writers. Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. For more information, visit Poetryflash.org, call (510) 525-5476, or e-mail: info@poetryflash.org

Monday, October 3, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features  local poet, Michael John Coggiano and Clyde Always from San Francisco. Open mic will follow the features, with a limit of three minutes per reader. Try to come a little earlier–the open mic list fills early. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. The  café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays 

Wednesday, October 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Short Story Salon with Sherril Jaffe at the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Ever wondered how and why to read short stories? Or even how and why to try to write them? Jaffee will facilitate a discussion of the genre and stories by women in recent New Yorkers. More details: www.sittingroom.org/events.html

Friday mornings, October 7 and 14 , 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” Co-Ed 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. DROP IN at 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, October 7, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts. Book Launch. Recently published novel Still Time by Jean Hegland. From the author of critically acclaimed Into the Forest comes Still Time, a moving novel about memory, Shakespeare’s green worlds, and the gift of second chances. Free admission, all donations gratefully invited. Refreshments for sale. Selected readings, Q&A, book sales & signing. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

Saturday mornings, October 8 and 15 , 9:00–11:00 a.m. PDT, “Women EVERYWHERE Writing Together: a Virtual Telephone Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is a telephone group for women ANYWHERE who are unable to attend a face-to-face writing circle. Explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session includes a check-in, meditation, writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. One class for $47, three classes for $97. Choose your dates; ongoing throughout the year. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, October 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Author Jean Hegland and Susan M. Gaines, founding director of the Fiction Meets Science Program at the University of Bremen, talk together about their common interest in a recent evolution of fiction about science and scientists. The conversation will be facilitated by Raye Lynn Thomas.  Susan and Jean will tell us about some of their favorites of the many novels in that category that are written by women and/or that focus on female scientists. For more information, phone 795-9028, or visit the website: www.SittingRoom.org

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press annual benefit, featuring poets Ellen Bass and W. S. Di Piero. Tickets are priced at four levels, beginning at $25. Proceeds will go to the support of Sixteen Rivers Press and the publication of our books. Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2592448

Saturday, October 8, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s hosts popular mystery authors Cara Black and Rhys Bowen during Litquake San Rafael, featuring Bay Area writers in a day­long series of free readings and open ­mic events. For a full schedule of authors, go to litquake.org. Copperfield’s Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. More info at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/litquake-san-rafael-cara-black-rhys-bowen

Saturday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. Terri Glass and local poets present an evening of poetry and prose about the beauty and diversity of trees. At Copperfields Books, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. More details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/poetry-trees-terri-glass-friends

Sunday, October 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Spirit Poetry Song Action. The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. Free and open to the public (Donations gratefully invited). Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 707-874-9392.

Sunday, October 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers present Leslie Keenan: Reaching the Finish Line – The 7 Completion Points of Finishing a Book. Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. The general public is invited $10. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words: Studio 333, Sausalito. The following acclaimed authors read from their works on the theme of “Fever”: Jia Oak Baker, Gina Frangello, Vanessa Hua, Scott Hutchins, Hal King, Anne Raeffand  Debra Spark. Readings begin at 7:15. $10, cash or check only. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Phone Studio 333 at 415-331-8272. Why There Are Words is an award-winning literary reading series curated by founder Peg Alford Pursell, www.pegalfordpursell.com (and now an independent publishing press, www.wtawpress.org), which draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website, whytherearewords.com.

Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. Two authors in conversation. Mark Ciabattari’s stories (in Preludes to History) feature a disembodied talking head, a satyr, and a mermaid in the bathtub. In conversation with Grant Faulkner, the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and author of Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories. At Copperfield Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/conversation-mark-ciabattari-grant-faulkner

Saturday October 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Writing With Passionate Presence: A Memoir Writing Workshop with Clara Rosemarda, MA. Santa Rosa Jr. College, Section 4046. At SRJC Campus, Emeritus Hall, 1596. Class Fee: $68.00. Please register at Santa Rosa Jr. College: 707-527-4372; communityed@santarosa.edu.

Saturday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. Robert Eringer reads from his novel Motional Blur, about an unexpected journey around the western states of Utah, Wyoming, and Montana that finally ends in Healdsburg. Copperfield’s Books, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/robert-eringer

Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books hosts emerging and established sci-fi, speculative fiction, horror, and fantasy authors. The debut novella by Portland writer and musician Nathan Carson, Starr Creek, is set in 1986 rural Oregon, where strange occurrences unveil an alien world inhabiting the Oregon woods. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-nathan-carson

Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Debut Brews features Heather Tucker reading from The Clay Girl. Debut Brews introduce readers to exciting new fiction writers at local brew pubs. And if you buy a book, the first draft’s on them! At HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/debut-brew-heather-tucker

Thursday, October 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. At Writers Forum Natasha Yim presents From Picture Books to Young Adult: The ins and outs of writing kid lit. Writers Forum details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center. 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma.

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. Marie Benedict reads from The Other Einstein, her novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history. Copperfield’s Books, 1330 Lincoln Street, Calistoga. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/marie-benedict

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. Jane Alexander in conversation with Becca Lawton. An Academy Award nominee and Tony- and Emmy-winning actress, Jane Alexander is also a longtime, much-admired conservationist and author of Wild Things, Wild Places. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jane-alexander

Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m. Marin Poetry Center’s Third Thursday features Los Angeles poet Michelle Bitting, The Couple Who Fell to Earth, and poet in Polish and English Ewa Chrusciel, Contraband of Hoopoe. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. Light refreshments. Non-members $5, members $3, students free. For more details: events@marinpoetrycenter.org or www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php

Saturday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Open Mic at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. MC: Dmitri Morningstar. Christina Molcillo and Patty Somlo will be reading. The general public is invited. $5 per person minimum food purchase. Open Mic signup starts at 1:30. First come, first served. Open Mic is limited to 5 minutes per person. The event is open both to Redwood Writers members and the general public. Questions: Robin Moore, rockridge6532@comcast.net.

Sunday. October 23, 2:00 p.m. Alastair Johnston will give a talk and visual presentation based on his newly-published book, Dreaming On The Edge, about the history of avant-garde printing and book arts in California from 1900 to the present. Johnston’s book is a lively history with much detail about the cultural milieux that produced the key books and aesthetic movements of their times. This is a great opportunity as well for discussion, questions, and viewing the books of each era. At the Iota printshop, 925d Gravenstein Hwy S. in Sebastopol. More details at the NBLA website.

Monday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. Book signing with Beach Boy Mike Love, author of Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy.  In conversation with award-winning music journalist Joel Selvin. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/book-signing-mike-love

Friday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. Thumbprint Cellar Series features Brit Bennett, author of the debut novel The Mothers. Pairings of authors, books & bottles, these free events start with an author talk at Copperfield’s Books in Healdsburg (106 Matheson Street) and end up two doors down at Thumbprint Cellars with a signed book and a glass of featured wine. Info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/thumbprint-cellars-series-brit-bennett

Friday, October 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m. 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Love! Aimer c’est du désordre, alors aimons! (Love is messy, so love on!) Music at 6:30, songs of love in many languages performed by Ralph Parker; poetry at 7:00 p.m. $5.00 towards purchase – support the venue that supports us. Gaia’s Garden Restaurant, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. Brave New Worlds: Emerging and established sci-fi, speculative fiction, horror, and fantasy authors. Local favorite and award-winning editor/publisher Ross Lockhart launches his latest anthology, Eternal Frankenstein. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-ross-lockhart

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