August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
Copperfield’s Books www.copperfields.net
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
Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Snoopy’s August Writing (SAW Month) at the Warm Puppy Cafe. MEET with serious, good nature’d writers to SAW away at…a Work in Progress, research for a new story, any writing project you’ve been putting off way too long…WRITE in Snoopy’s atmosphere. The month of August is scheduled for Writing. Spend your time working on a mystery, a short story, novel, memoir, poem, etc.. Organize your research, study your characters, rework a plot, all the while writing, writing, always writing! Bring your computers, notebooks, pencils, pens and paper. Free WiFi. BUY a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, choffee or have lunch at the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA (Near Coddingtown) www.snoopyshomeice.com. Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free. COME TO SAW MONTH… E-mail: Georgette at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Dawn at email@example.com
Wednesday, August 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets monthly reading features Benicia’s first and newly-crowned Poet Laureates, Joel Fallon and Johanna Ely, at the Green Fare Cafe, upstairs in the Mariner Square Athletic Club, 2227 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda, Ca. Plenty of parking. Open mic follows the features. Food is available for purchase at the Green Fare Cafe.
Friday mornings, August 5, 12 and 19, 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
Saturday mornings, August 6 and 20, 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, August 6, 1:00 p.m. Grammar Workshop with Arlene Miller at Petaluma Copperfield’s. Miller is the best-selling author of The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! Her witty presentations make grammar and language fun and interesting as you learn to speak and write with confidence and avoid common mistakes. At 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/grammar-workshop-arlene-miller
Tuesday, August 9, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Sonoma County poets Mike Tuggle (Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emeritus 2008-2009) and Rebecca Patrascu (past winner of The Pinch Literary Award). 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. (Please note this change from our regular schedule.). The café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Contact: Sande Anfang, firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
Thursday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with Peter Rock. Join us as Guggenheim-award-winning author, Peter Rock, shows photos and reads from Spells his “novel within photos.” $10 Suggested Donation. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Lisa Michaels and Janet Vail. The reading/talk will be followed at 8:30 by a literary salon featuring conversation with the author, wine and cheese, and desserts from Flour Girl. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com or email email@example.com.
Thursday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words: Studio 333, Sausalito. The following acclaimed authors read from their works on the theme of “Provenance”: Andrea Kneeland, Janice Lee, Richard Loranger, Sue Mell, Alexandra Naughton, Jesse Prado, Natasha Saje, and Nancy Au. 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. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website, whytherearewords.com.
Saturday, August 13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. “How to Monetize Your Book Content More Effectively” at the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) meeting. Workshop speakers: Lee Foster, Bob Heyman (S.E.O.), and Shair Weiss (social media). The Key Room, 1385 North Hamilton Parkway, Novato. $0-$60. Register at www.BAIPA.org. New members are always welcome!
Saturday, August 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Help! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it out!” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Make progress on your stories or book, or simply explore your life through writing in this practical, hands-on writing workshop. Susan uses meditation and nature-based practices to help you generate new material in a safe, supportive community of soulful, spiritual, like-hearted women. Whatever you’re working on, whatever your idea is, THIS is the place to get it done. This is NOT a critique group. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Sebastopol. $57 in advance. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, August 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sensuality 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. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com
Sunday, August 14, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Monthly Meeting: A Writer’s Harvest, Surviving in Today’s World of Publishing with Michele Anna Jordan. The general public is invited, $10. Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Sunday, August 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Opening Reception at Sometimes Books Gallery for All Over the Map. Book art & book related objects, with a plethora of surface design techniques, and wall & pedestal mounted work. New work by Renée Owen, along with many others, including selected artists from Iota Press and Sonoma County Book Arts Guild. Summer exhibit runs July 23 – September 11. Gallery open Noon to 4 pm, Saturdays, Sundays, & by appointment. Couple doors down from Gallery Route One, at 11101 Highway One, Suite 105, Point Reyes Station: www.sometimesbooks.com
Wednesday, August 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Poetry & Music at Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Readings chosen from submissions by area poets and writers on the theme of the current art exhibit, Reflections & Shadows. Doors open 6:30. Free admission, donations appreciated. No host wine bar. Musical features: Poet Renée Owen, accompanied by musician Brian Foster on shakuhachi, mandolin & harmonica, and poet Sherrie Lovler, accompanied by musician Joe Meeker on bass &/or sax will open and close our evening entertainment. Co-ordinated by Cynthia Helen Beecher; firstname.lastname@example.org; 707.696.1111. HCA, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com. Check out our Facebook page.
Thursday, August 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum: Write Yourself into Existence. Norma Watkins will talk about writing memoir and how to turn your stories into fiction. Writers Forum details: www.thewritespot.us/forum.php. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center. 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma.
Sunday, August 21, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic, Sunday, 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 how you are learning to be gentle and kind to yourself, 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, August 21, 1:30 p.m. Four Healdsburg Literary Laureates, will be the featured readers at the Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon at The Bean Affair. Featured are Armando Garcia-Davila, Healdsburg Literary Laureate 2002-2003, author of several books of poetry, such as El Gran Viento and At the Edge of the River; Vilma Ginzberg (Laureate 2008-2009), author of Making Noise and I Don’t Know How to Do This; John Koetzner (Laureate 2012-2013), whose stories and poetry have been published in numerous literary magazines and on the CD Four Stories ; and Gabriel Fraire (Laureate, 2014-2015), former editor of The Windsor Times, author of the novel Mill Rats and co-author of the play Who Will Dance with Pancho Villa? Following the featured readings, there will be open mic for those in the community who would like to read.
Friday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. Joel Selvin reads from his book, Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day. An award-winning journalist, Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s. This book is the product of 20 years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with key players including medical staff, Hells Angels members, stage crew, and the musicians who were there. At Copperfield’s Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/joel-selvin
Saturday, August 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Redwood Writers’ August Open Mic Readings. Featured readers are Robbie Summers Bryant and Arletta Dawdy. Open mic sign up starts at 1:30. First come first served. Claim your 5 minutes of fame and entice new readers into your stories and poems. At Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. The general public is invited. For details, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Sunday, August 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 27th Annual Two Autumns Reading, the longest running haiku reading series outside of Japan, sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Northern California, featuring readings by four of the best haiku poets writing in English today: Robert Gilliland (Texas), June Hopper Hymas (San Jose), Michele Root-Bernstein (Michigan), and Michael Sheffield (Kentfield). A commemorative chapbook edited by poet Renée Owen, with cover art by Australian poet & sumi-e painter Ron Moss, will be available for purchase. Refreshments, networking & book sales available before and after the reading. Please join us for this special celebration of haiku at Fort Mason (room C-205) in San Francisco. www.hpnc.org
Mark Your Calendar for September 2016
Monday, September 5, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features two excellent and accomplished poets: Caroline Goodwin and Kathleen Winter. 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, email@example.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
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
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
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
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
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
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. Schedule details at: www.petalumapoetrywalk.org/2016_poetrywalk_schedule.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. www.ClaraRosemarda.com
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
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