March 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 NOTE: Lengthy announcements will be edited. Where possible, please provide a link to a web page with complete details.

Book Passage
Copperfield’s Books
Petaluma Writers’ Forum and Jumpstart Writing Workshops:
Readers’ Books
Redwood Writers
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sitting Room
WordTemple Poetry Series

Friday Mornings, March 2, 9, 16, 23 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.

Friday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. At Copperfields Books, illustrator Shawn Harris presents Her Right Foot, authored by Dave Eggers. In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation. Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky St. Details:

Saturday, March 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. RECALL, RECITE, REWRITE: OLD TALES IN NEW FORMS. This year’s Sitting Room Anthology inspires us to revisit our favorite (or not) stories, myths and legends through a contemporary lens. As we prepare our stories for this year’s publication, Sharon Bard and Karen Petersen gather some delightful examples of “tales retold” and offer some prompts to start the Sitting Room readers and writers off on their own wild rides. Join us! Full details on the Sitting Room website,

Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good nature’d writers weekly, (except holidays) Mondays, 11 to 2 pm, at the Warm Puppy Café. Write in Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Read/discuss your “Work in Progress,” receive honest, unfiltered feedback from Writers. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or have lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA (Near Coddingtown) Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free.

Monday, March 5, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets’ Amuse-ing Monday at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma, features Patti Trimble and Margo Perin. Open mic follows the feature poets. Please prepare up to three minutes of poetry—your own or someone else’s—to share. Come early for good seating and to sign up for open mic. Sign-ups start 5:45 p.m. Contact: Sande Anfang,

Mondays March 5, 19 & 26, 6:30 p.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshop meets at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, for a workshop facilitated by Susan Bono or Marlene Cullen. Bring a notebook and pen. $15. Info:

Tuesdays March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:00 a.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshop meets at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, for a workshop facilitated by Susan Bono or Marlene Cullen. Bring a notebook and pen. $15. Info:

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets celebrate International Women’s Month, featuring Maria Rosales, Takako Miyashita and Karla Brundage. Reading at Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, hosted by Nanette Deetz. Light refreshments. Open mic follows features.

Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. Book launch and performance with local author Rebecca Rosenberg and Magician Frank Balzerak. In Rosenberg’s newest novel The Secret Life of Mrs. London, Charmian London longs to be viewed as an equal to her famed husband, novelist Jack London. That is until Charmian meets escape artist Harry Houdini. Montgomery Village Store, Santa Rosa, 775 Village Court. Details:

Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. Books on Stage/Telling the Story. An evening with Sonoma County’s own Jean Hegland. Jean’s most recent novel, Still Time, is about a Shakespeare scholar’s attempts to come to terms with his life and reconcile with his estranged daughter as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. Booklist described it as “Heartbreaking in the best possible way.” Her first novel, Into the Forest, has been translated into over a dozen languages, was adapted into a movie that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, and has recently become a best seller in France. The event will be followed by wine, cheese and conversation in the lobby. Suggested donation $10.

Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series presents Backstories from the West Edge by local author, poet, journalist, Andrea Granahan. Neighbors, friends, the North Coast Community and even the ocean, take their place on the stage! Forty years of adventure and journalism on the northern California Coast (aka QuirkUtopia). Reading, Q&A, book sales/signing. Free admission, donations welcome. Refreshments sold. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is wheelchair accessibile. For more info: 707-874-9392 or

Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Brave New World series presents Alma Katsu. Featured Book: The Hunger. Katsu presents a wildly inventive reimagining of the Donner Party, injecting the supernatural into this brilliant retelling of the ill-fated group. Effortlessly combining horror and the historical, The Hunger is an eerie, look at the volatility of human nature, pushed to its breaking point. Copperfield’s Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street. Details:

Saturday, March 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Copperfield’s Petaluma Poetry Reading: Two Favorite Local Poets, Donna Emerson and Ed Colletti. Come meet the poets, celebrate Ed’s new poems and Donna’s first full-length poetry book, The Place of Our Meeting. Hosted by Susan Bono. At 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. For more details, see:

Monday, March 12,  7:00 p.m. Literacyworks and Copperfield’s Books presents Steven Pinker. Featured Book: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom. With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism. Pinker shows us that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. Tickets: $37.84 + fee admits two (2) and includes a copy of the book. Tickets available online and at Petaluma store. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details:

Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents Abigail Samoun: The Children’s Book Publishing Process Revealed. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Free. Details:

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. Writers Forum presents Abigail Samoun: The Children’s Book Publishing Process Revealed. The co-founder of Red Fox Literary, Samoun will discuss the various stages involved in getting a book published including catching an editor’s eye, signing the book contract, developing a manuscript, and sending the manuscript to press. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details:

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. In Conversation: Waights Taylor and Jonah Raskin. Join local author, poet, and playwright Waights Taylor, and Chair of Communication Studies at SSU, Jonah Raskin for a discussion on their latest creations, and the craft of writing. Featured books are Dark Land, Dark Mirror and Heed the Apocalypse. Copperfield’s, Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa.

Friday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents local grammar diva Arlene Miller. Featured Book: The Best Little Grammar Collection Ever. These easy-to-use and friendly grammar books clear up common grammar issues, and make grammar approachable to even the most naive. Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky Street. Details:

Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18, 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. each day: “What’s Blooming in You? A 2-day Spring Equinox mini-retreat with author and writing guide Susan Hagen. Spring is a time of renewal, growth, and expansion. Spend guided, reflective time on the earth; write to illuminate the teachings that have come through your life experiences; share in a safe, supportive circle of like-hearted women. Return home on Saturday night or arrange your own lodging. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers — even non-writers — of all genres welcome. At Redwood Basecamp in Guerneville. $267 for both days.

Saturday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Santa Rosa poet Greg Randall hosts. Featured readers are Kathleen Winter, Dean Rader and Phyllis Meshulam. Details at:

Sunday, March 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, read short stories and/or poems. 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. Note: Dress in warm layers in case it’s noisy in the back room and we need to sit in the hall. Plan to arrive by 12:20 to get settled. Hosted by Sher Christian (

Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Sundays at Taste presents Gayle Green and Jean Hegland in Conversation. Featured Books: Missing Persons: A Memoir by Green and Still Time by Hegland. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you listen to these wonderful authors discuss their latest books and the craft of writing. Copperfield’s Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. Details:

Monday, March 19, 3:30 p.m. Moshin Salon Reading Between the Vines. Featured Book: American English, Italian Chocolate: Small Subjects of Great Importance. Join Moshin Vineyards in welcoming their 2018 writers-in-residence and enjoy an intimate evening of wine, nibbles, and stories from the current Writing Between the Vines residents and alumni. Moshin Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, 10295 Westside Rd, Healdsburg. For more information:

Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Jasmin Darznik. Featured Book: Song of a Captive Bird. Darznik’s spellbinding debut novel is based on the life of the rebel poet Forough Farrokhzad. Farrokhzad defied Iranian society to find both her voice and love, inspiring generations of women to come. Darznik skillfully uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and ecstatic turmoil of this iconic woman’s story. At 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. Details:

Saturday, March 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Workshop with Jonah Raskin: How to Write a Murder Mystery. Intrigued by murder mysteries? Want to write one? Then come to Jonah Raskin’s workshop and learn to think like a detective. Discover the secrets of one of the most popular genres in literature and in nearly all the countries of the world. No previous experience necessary. At the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove.

Saturday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women. Copperfield’s celebrates Women’s History Month with women’s voices through poetry. Editor Katherine Hastings  is the founder of the WordTemple Poetry Series and host of WordTemple on the NPR affiliate KRCB FM. She will be joined by poets Devreaux Baker, Terry Ehret, Judy Halebsky, Jodi Hottel, Mary Mackey, Julia McClung, Gwynn O’Gara, and Kathleen Winter. Terry Ehret will emcee. Novato Store, 999 Grant Avenue. Details:

Saturday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. In Conversation at Copperfield’s Books: Greg Sarris and Robert McNally. Featured Books: The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age and How a Mountain Was Made. Greg Sarris, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, and author Robert McNally explore the history, and stories of Native Americans. McNally tells the wrenching story of the Modoc War of 1872–73, one of the nation’s costliest campaigns against North American Indigenous peoples. Sarris focuses on his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain. How a Mountain Was Made depicts sixteen interconnected original stories inspired by traditional Coast Miwok, and Southern Pomo creation tales. Montgomery Village Store, Santa Rosa, 775 Village Court. More info:

Mark Your Calendar for April 2018

Sunday, April 7, 8:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater performs “500 DAYS” by our local Poet Laureate, Iris Jamahl Dunkle. ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tickets: $5, at the door. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Cellist Gwyneth Davis opens the show at 8:00, at Copperfield’s, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Contact: Hilary Moore:

Saturday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Featured readers are Sharon Doubiago Rosa Lane and Jodi Hottel. Details at:

Sunday, April 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Donna Emerson reads at the Bean Affair, Third Sunday Salon, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg.

Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents Jean Hegland: Helping Ourselves to Write Our Best. Jean will discuss ways to fan the spark, make the grit, keep the faith, create the community, and court the luck that will enable us to do our best work. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Free. Details:

Saturday, April 21, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Pen to Published Writers Conference. Redwood Writers hosts its 10th biennial writers conference at the Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa. The price is $135 for members and $175 for non-members. Continental breakfast and lunch included if pre-registered. Registration closes April 18. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to

Saturday, April 21, 4:00 p.m. Donna Emerson reads with Cathy Shea and Kate Peper at Book Passages in Sausalito, 100 Bay Street, as part of National Poetry Month celebration.

Saturday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. A PARADE OF POETS. Poets who appear in Katherine Hasting’s Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women read until whenever. No fee, no rsvp, At the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Please park in the Church of Christ parking lot just next door to the Sitting Room. Any questions, email Gwynn O’Gara,, who is leading this parade. Many local writers are in this volume.



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