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May 2022 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
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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

*NOTE: Book Passage and Copperfield’s Books have archived their virtual events. 
For Book Passages Conversations With Authors, go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com/archive/
Copperfield’s Books’ Virtual Event Library may be found on YouTube.

 

Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Literary Series presents American Peace Gardens: A Memoir, 1996 to 2020 by Stephen C. Fowler. In August of 1996, Steve Fowler set out on an odyssey, gathering soils from organic farmers all across America in preparation for a ceremony, with Native American collaborators, on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The narrative of that adventure and the connection between peace work and farm practices are the subject of this short book by an actor and poet (50 Cent Poems, 2017) who is a gardener by trade. Free admission, all donations gratefully invited. Refreshments for sale. Selected readings, Q&A, book sales (Hand assembled in loose-leaf binders; includes a 70 minute CD which contains 32 tracks, mostly interviews with farmers, plus a few musical interludes) and signing. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, CA. For more details: www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/upcoming-events 

Monday, May 2, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Jori Rillera and Karen Marker. Open mic follows the feature but our list is full with a waitlist, so please do not attempt to sign up.  ONLINE.  Sign up at aqus.com/online. Choose “Aqus Poetry Open Mic” and fill in the form. Join directly at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879

Monday, May 2. Deadline to apply to the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Click here to apply to the Conference! The 2022 conference will take place from Sunday, July 24, to Friday, July 29, on the Napa campus of Napa Valley College. We offer workshops in poetry, fiction and translation. For more information about this years’ phenomenal faculty visit: www.napawritersconference.org

Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. Book Passages Corte Madera presents Jeff Deutsch in conversation with Luisa Smith. Featured Book: In Praise of Good Bookstores. Do we need bookstores in the twenty-first century? If so, what makes a good one? In this beautifully written book, Jeff Deutsch—the director of Chicago’s Seminary Co-op Bookstores, one of the finest bookstores in the world—pays loving tribute to one of our most important and endangered civic institutions. Masks are required for all in-person events. More details: www.bookpassage.com/event/jeff-deutsch-luisa-smith-praise-good-bookstores-corte-madera-store

Thursday, May 5, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Andrei Codrescu, star of page, screen and NPR, will talk, read, and generally hold forth at the Occidental Center for the Arts. Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, commentator for National Public Radio, and distinguished former resident of Sonoma County (Monte Rio, specifically). A poem by Codrescu in a limited handset letterpress broadside edition of 100, designed and printed by Pat Nolan and Eric Johnston at North Bay Letterpress Arts, will be available at the event. Limited tickets available — get yours today! Details and tickets ($25) at: www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/upcoming-events/andrei-codrescu

Friday, May 6, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 p.m. Book Passages Corte Madera presents Marcia DeSanctis in conversation with Jasmin Darznik. Featured Book: A Hard Place to Leave. This memoir in essays captures the unrelenting pull between the past and the present, between traveling the world and staying home. DeSanctis tells stories that span the globe and half a lifetime. This New York Times bestselling author, award-winning essayist and journalist encounters spies, angels, leopards, shoes, the odd rattlesnake, a random head of state, and many times over, the ghosts of her past. Masks are required for all in-person events. More details: www.bookpassage.com/event/marcia-desanctis-and-jasmin-darznik-hard-place-leave-corte-madera-store

Thursday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Brian Morton Online. Featured Book: Tasha: A Son’s Memoir. Acclaimed novelist Brian Morton delivers a moving, darkly funny memoir of his mother’s vibrant life and the many ways in which their tight, tumultuous relationship was refashioned in her twilight years. Details and free registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brian-morton-online

Friday, May 13, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, May 14, 2:00-5:00 p.m. MovingWriting: Embodied Expressive Writing workshop with Loretta Mijares, combining conscious movement/dance with expressive writing. At a private studio in Sebastopol. $75. To register, go to www.MovingWriting.com or email: loretta@movingwriting.com.

Sunday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Summer Writing Walk on Sonoma State University’s Galbreath Wildlands Preserve in southern Mendocino County, just twenty miles northwest of Cloverdale. Use your sensory perception in this natural environment and translating those experiences to the page through poetry. Program led by Patti Trimble. No charge, but registration required. Details and registration: http://cei.sonoma.edu/summer-writing-walk

Sunday, May 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ukiaHaiku Festival, a 20th Anniversary Retrospective. Hosted by poet laureate Melissa Eleftherion Carr and past poet laureate Michael Riedell. Open mic follows readings selected by the laureates (signups at 2 p.m.). At Grace Hudson Museum Wild Gardens, Ukiah. Check for updates at: http://ukiahaiku.org

Sunday May 15, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Jonah Raskin talks about his novel Beat Blues, San Francisco, 1955 and about writing historical fiction with real people as characters. At Readers Books, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. Contact Readers Books, 707.939.1779, www.readersbooks.com/event/local-author-jonah-raskin-presents-beat-blues

Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Rachel Feltman Online. Featured Book: Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex. A rollicking, myth-busting history of sex that moves from historical attempts at birth control to Hildegard von Bingen’s treatise on the female orgasm, demystifying plenty of urban legends along the way. Details and free registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/rachel-feltman-online

Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. Copperfields Books & Literacyworks welcomes friend and local author Greg Sarris to Montgomery Village to discuss Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors, his gently powerful memoir about deepening your relationship with your homeland. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Masks required for in-store events. Copperfield’s Books Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details and free registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-books-literacyworks-present-greg-sarris

Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, May 20, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Club presents Vicki Dello Joio on “Your Power Presence for Writers: Uncommon Ways to Inspire Your Audience and Amplify Your Impact.” Have you ever given a presentation that just didn’t quite land? Vicki believes that it’s the energy you bring that matters most – It can put people off or draw them to you. This speaker event is part of Redwood Writers monthly general meeting, and will be held in person at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa or online via Zoom. Register at redwoodwriters.org.

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Poetic License Sonoma presents special guest poet, former Sonoma County Poet Laureate and founding editor of Sixteen Rivers Press, Terry Ehret. Theme: Relationships. Presenting poets: Joseph Cutler, Susanne Arrhenius, Paul DeMarco, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski, Kusum Irene Jain. Joseph Cutler will be acting MC; guest student poet from SRJC: Joan Osterman. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link which will be emailed to you prior to event. Please note, there is a nominal charge of $5.00. Details and registration: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetic-license-sonoma-ehret-052422

Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books welcomes Obi Kaufmann to Sebastopol to discuss his beautiful new book The Coasts of California. Artist-adventurer and best-selling author Obi Kaufmann releases a new opus celebrating California’s coastal ecosystems. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. This is a free event. Masks required for in-store events. More details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/obi-kaufmann-2

Thursday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. Roberta Llewellyn will be reading from her book Lost Angels Coming Home  at Books and Letters, 1405 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. Lost Angels is a memoir of her life in Northern California over many decades, from her childhood home in St. Helena to living in Oakland where she married young and had four children. She  highlights her experiences as a counter-culture and back-to-land person with her family in the Lost Coast, as well as living over the hills from Oakland in the hamlet in the redwoods called Canyon.  

Thursday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. Copperfields Books is pleased to welcome the singular, darkly humorous Christopher Moore—author of Lamb, Fool, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and more—to our Petaluma store! Moore will be discussing his latest novel Razzmatazz, a follow up to the instant New York Times bestseller Noir. Tickets, required in advance, come with a hard-cover copy of Razzmatazz, signed by the author. Masks required for in-store events. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/christopher-moore-0

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets’ first pop-up reading with four short features and ten open mic slots. Our features are Ed Mycue, Antoinette Vella Payne, Amos White, and Phynne~Belle. Open mic will be first come-first read, so there are no pre-sign-ups for this reading.The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/6508887879.

Friday, May 27, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday, May 29, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Even more of our wonderful Sonoma County poets will gather at Cafe Frida, 300 A St., Santa Rosa for live poetry readings, hosted by Ed Coletti. Participants include Phyllis Meshalum, Larry Robinson, Vilma Ginzberg, David Seter, Marvin Hiemstra, Brian Martens, Ed Coletti, and Steve Shain on bass. ​Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get parked, seated, coffeed and snacked, and out of respect for the poets who are reading. We are all hungry to share our work in public once again! Come one, Come all, and bring guests!

Mark Your Calendar for June 2022

Thursday, June 2, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, June 3, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, June 4, 4:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Lynne Kaufmann in conversation with Phil Cousineau. Featured book: Divine Madness. Kaufmann’s play “Divine Madness,” which ran at the Marsh last year, gained national recognition. She transposed the play into a poetic novel that traces the turbulent marriage and divorce of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick in Hardwick’s fictional diary. At the Corte Madera Store, 51 Tama Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. More information: www.bookpassage.com/event/lynne-kaufmann-phil-cousineau-divine-madness-corte-madera-store

Monday, June 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Dominican University of California presents Writing in the Self-Conscious Anthropocene, Creative Writing Lecture and Reading with Lynn Keller and Forrest Gander. This event brings together scholarly and creative perspectives on urgent environmental concerns. Free. Register here for Zoom link: www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-in-the-self-conscious-anthropocene-tickets-320240075687

Monday, June 6, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features a ninth anniversary reading with Terry Ehret and Nancy Morales, translators (with John Johnson) of Ulalume González de León’s Plagios/Plagiarisms, Volume Two, along with Abby Bogomolnyreading her own poems. Open mic follows the feature. We cap the open mic at 20 readers, so it’s best to sign up early. Reading time is three minutes per poet. Tentatively ONLINE. Sign up at aqus.com/online. Choose “Aqus Poetry Open Mic” and fill in the form. Join directly at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879

Friday, June 10, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, June 11, 1:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Helene Wecker. Featured book: The Hidden Palace. In this enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I— the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni—Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world. At the Corte Madera Store, 51 Tama Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. More information: www.bookpassage.com/event/helene-wecker-hidden-palace-corte-madera-store

Thursday, June 16, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, June 17, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, June 24, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

 

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