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November 2018 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 editor@socolitupdate.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
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
WordTemple Poetry Series www.wordtemple.com

Thursday, November 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Reading with Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Gwynn O’Gara, Kyle Matthews, and Ernesto Garay. Museum of Sonoma County, 505 B Street, Santa Rosa. More information: https://museumsc.org/events

Friday, November 2, 6:00 p.m. Footslog Chapbook Release Party at Napa Bookmine. In the summer of 2007, Napa Poet Laureate Jeremy Benson and his sister hiked 1200 miles along the coast of California. Footslog collects poems written during and about the long walk from Crescent City to San Diego. Jeremy will read poems from the chapbook and tell stories from the trip, and copies of Footslog will be available for purchase and signing. Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl St, Napa. Contact: Jeremy Benson, jer.benson@gmail.com

Saturday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. Reverberations: A Visual Conversation—The Poets Speak. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. Eight poets, each reading his/her poem about the art showing onscreen that inspired the poem. More details at: https://sebarts.org/reverberations

Monday, November 5, 6:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets. This month we’ll be hosting two seasoned feature poets, Vilma O. Ginzberg and Karl W. Frederick. After the feature reading, we’ll hold our open mic. Please time your share to three minutes or under. This reading takes place the night before Election Day, so bring your rants and diatribes as well as your beauty and soulfulness. We need to air all of it! Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays/
Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. The reading begins at 6:15 sharp.

Mondays, November 5, 12, 26 (Nov 19th No Meeting) 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good natured writers weekly, (except holidays) Mondays, at Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Read your “work in progress” or chat about it. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (Near Coddingtown); www.snoopyshomeice.com. Routes 6 and 10 Buses stop in front of the Ice Arena. Parking is free. This schedule is subject to change and if we are not in the Party Room, please look for us in the Café. Info: Georgette, ggdeb@sonic.netwww.snoopyswriters.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Story Time Open Mic at Hardcore Coffee in Sebastopol. Bring a 5-minute story to tell. $5. 81 Bloomfield Rd, on the corner of 116 and Bloomfield in Sebastopol. Listeners welcome. Scent free event. Dress warmly as we will be outside. I will try to get the kiva with a fireplace. Hot drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, https://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne

Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets Celebrate Native American Heritage Month, Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St. Featured is San Francisco. Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and poet E.K. Keith. Hosted by Cathy Dana, Alameda Poet Laureate, and Nanette Deetz. Open mic follows the features. Light refreshments. We pass the hat.

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents: Authors from Nothing Short of 100. Join Why There Are Words at Studio 333 in Sausalito for a stellar night of authors readings from the anthology Nothing Short of 100: Karen Benke, Andrew Dugas, Jane McDermott, Lynn Mundell, Cornelia Nixon, and with special guest, R.O. Kwon. . For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see the website www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

Thursday, November 8, 7:30-9.00 p.m. Many Rivers Books & Tea presents “Naked Earth — Naked We,” with poet Raphael Block and guitarist David Field. Join this engaging duo as they respond to the Earth’s magic callings and vulnerability. Guest poet: Carol Griffin. At 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol. Free admission. For more info: raphaelblock.com and davidfieldguitar.com

Friday Mornings, November 9, 16 and 30, 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. Part of the Community Heals Clinic and 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

Saturday, November 10, 1:00– 4:30 p.m. “Finding Passion and Purpose: a Writing Circle for Women” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. What are you here to serve in this lifetime? What brilliant gifts come so naturally to you that you don’t even notice them as brilliant? This afternoon of deep writing is a chance to uncover your unique gifts and explore the ways in which you can — and already do — offer them to the world. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Sebastopol. $67. http://www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, November 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series. From Bordeaux France to San Francisco, California, Sail Cowabunga! A Family’s Ten Years at Sea by Janis Couvreux follows a Franco-American couple and their two young sons across the Atlantic Ocean and into a ten-year journey at sea. Through their adventures and misadventures, tragedies, and glories across four continents, the Couvreux family rarely had a dull moment living on the water. Selected readings by the author, Q&A, book sales and signing. Admission free but all donations happily accepted. Refreshments served. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy. at Graton Rd. and accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com.

Sunday, November 11, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Poetry for a Changing Landscape. Join Sonoma County’s Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, for an afternoon exploring the land and responding to it on the page. We will hike, reflect and share short works in a supportive environment. A special focus will be given to the surrounding natural areas now in the early stages of regeneration, which began shortly after the October 2017 fires. At Fairfield Osborn Preserve (to sign up: https://conta.cc/2ofJ3Eo; please scroll down to the final event and click on Sunday, November 11th).

Monday, November 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Dine With Local Authors: Professor Peter Philips, author, discusses his book, Giants: The Global Power Elite. Come and get answers to your questions about this important issue and buy an autographed copy of the book. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa. Reservations: info@jeaneslone.com or 544-2491.

Saturday, November 17, 9:00–11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, “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. $47. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. Reverberations: A Visual Conversation—The Poets Speak. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. Eight poets, each reading his/her poem about the art showing onscreen that inspired the poem. More details at: https://sebarts.org/reverberations

Sunday, November 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic: Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers creates warm camaraderie. 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: $5. Scent free event. Plan to arrive by 12:20 to get settled. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, https://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne

Thursday, November 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m. An informal gathering with poet laureate Maya Khosla at The Sitting Room Community Library (2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove; www.sittingroom.org/events.html). Free and open to the public.

 

Mark Your Calendar for December 2018

Friday, December 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. Part of the Community Heals Clinic and 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

Sunday, December 2, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Image and Word: Writing and Collage for Women” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen and collage artist Susanne Petermann. This workshop offers a dynamic combination of collage-making and writing practice that opens a door to the inner life. The process is both fun and meditative, and no experience is necessary. Just relax, enjoy, and discover what treasures lie deep within. All art materials are included. Sebastopol. $137.  www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday, December 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets free monthly reading features newly-appointed Benicia Poet Laureate Tom Stanton, Benicia poet Mary Susan Gast, and Alameda’s favorite riddle poet, Emmanuel Williams. Hosted by Cathy Dana and Nanette Deetz. Light refreshments and open mic follow features. We pass the hat. Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda. Contact: Cathy Dana, cathydana@gmail.com

Saturday, December 8, 9:00–11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, “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. $47.  www.susanhagen.com

Monday, December 10, 6,00-8,30 p.m. Dining With Authors: Five authors will read from their latest published books. Audience participation encouraged. Great gift for the holidays. Featuring: Susanna Solomon, Montana Rhapsody (fiction); Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, Living Waters (fiction); John Joseph O’Brien Sr., RiverHead Parental Child Abduction and Recovery (non-fiction); Kitty Wells, I Love you, Clowns Are Scary (psychology/spirituality); John Sheehy & Scott Hess, On a River Winding Home, Stories of the Petaluma Watershed (non-fiction/history). Gaia’s Garden Vegetarian Cafe, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. For reservations, 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com.

Thursday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. Join Why There Are Words at Studio 333 in Sausalito for captivating readings from six authors on the theme of “Ultimate.” Our ultimate event of the year will prove to be the ultimate way to spend your evening!  Featuring: Rae Gouirand, Vanessa Hua, Sandra Hunter, Carrie La Seur Melissa Stein and Nancy Tingley. For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see the website www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

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