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January 2020 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

Friday, January 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 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. Scent free event. Listeners welcome. We give each other encouraging, helpful feedback, if desired. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Dress warmly if it’s cold weather. You’re the hero of your own story. Hosted by Sher Christian, Poetry and storytelling for a light heart, Book: Star Kissed Shadows & CD: Sweet Tongue, Poetry & Music, For Sale at events and at http:flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Mondays, January 6, 13, 27 (no meeting, Jan 20), 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly (except holidays) in the Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. We have a flexible time schedule. Come for one, or all three hours, whatever your schedule permits. Bring your computer, write, do your online research, read your “Work in Progress” to the group, or chat about it. 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 (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.net, www.snoopyswriters.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Mondays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30 p.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshops at Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, facilitated by Susan Bono. A workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts. $15 per workshop. For more information: Copperfields Books or Marlene Cullen’s Jumpstart page.

Monday, January 6, 6:15-8:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets’ 2020 season begins with two feature poets from Benicia. Tom Stanton and Johanna Ely are the Benicia’s current Poet Laureate and Poet Laureate Emerita, respectively.  Open mic follows the features. Reading time is three minutes per poet. As a courtesy to others who wish to share, please time your selections beforehand. Bring an extra poem in the unusual event of a shorter open mic list.

Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00 a.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshops at Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, facilitated by Lakin Khan. A workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts. $15 per workshop. For more information: Copperfields Books or Marlene Cullen’s Jumpstart page.

Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jumpstart San Rafael at Copperfield’s Books, 850 4th St, San Rafael. Join us in the lovely adjacent Marin Kombucha Café to freewrite to several prompts that will generate new words, new work, new ideas. Open to all who want to experience writing, whether just exploring or with years of practice. No critiquing, just writing freely, allowing the words to lead the way to wherever they go. This is a safe place to delve into memoir, fiction, poetry. $15 per drop-in session, led by Lakin Khan. For details, visit Copperfields Books, Marlene Cullen’s Jumpstart page or Lakin’s blogspot: Rhymes With Bacon

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets proudly features local poets reading from new poetry releases. Charles Curtis Blackwell reads from Past Fascination: Cut to the Bone Real Love Poems and Alamedan Mary Loughran reads from her newly published first book, Scone Mix in a Brown Paper Bag: the Early Years. Hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Following features, light refreshments and “famously friendly” open mic. Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Note: Usual 1st Wednesday reading changed to 2nd Wednesday because of New Year’s Day.

Friday, January 10, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Andy Weinberger (founder of Readers’ Books in Sonoma). Featured Book: An Old Man’s Game. When a controversial celebrity rabbi drops dead over his matzoh ball soup at the famed Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, retired private eye Amos Parisman is hired by the temple’s board to make sure everything is kosher. As he looks into what seems to be a simple, tragic accident, the ante is raised when more people start to die or disappear, and Amos uncovers a world of treachery and hurt that shakes a large L.A. Jewish community to its core. Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/andy-weinberger

Saturday, January 11, 3:00 p.m. Poet Laureates’ Poetry Reading, honoring the work of Poet Laureate Emeritus Geri Digiorno, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library,755 West Napa Street, Sonoma. Featuring Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate Emeritus, Iris Jamahl Dunkle and Terry Ehret, Sonoma Poets Laureate Emerita. Zoya Ahmed and Hannah Minton, two student winners of the previous Poets Out Loud (POL) competitions, will recite poems. Details at: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/6242893

Saturday, January 11, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Random Acts Open Microphone. Readers, writers, poets, story tellers, singers, musicians and listeners. Five minutes in which to present. $5.00 Admission at Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. For details contact: Catherine Sevenau at RandomActs.Sonoma@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 12, 2:00–4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Club presents Writing About Family: The Craft of Memoir with Dorothy Rice. Writing about family is a powerful source of inspiration for many authors, whether to enrich fiction, as a foundation for memoir or biography or to preserve fading personal histories for future generations. Memoirist Dorothy Rice will share her experiences writing about family and friends, including techniques and tools for navigating issues of confidentiality and trust, differing views on past events and the ramifications of exposing sensitive topics and history. Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Members, $5; Non-members, $10. More details at: https://redwoodwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/January-2020-DOROTHY-RICE-FLIER.pdf

Sunday, January 12, 8:00 p.m. Penngrove Reading Series at Penngrove Market, featuring Brian R. Martens, free. Author Brian R. Martens will be reading from his new book Three Raven Gate, followed by an open mic. Writers (and fans) of all genres and experience levels welcome. Come early for drinks and dinner from the wood-fired oven at Penngrove Market, stay late for stories and more. For more info, please contact Nicki Orser at: PenngroveReadingSeries@gmail.com

Four Friday mornings, beginning January 17, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Deep Inquiry: Creative Writing As Spiritual Practice With Clara Rosemarda. Fee $160. Details on Workshops page. For more information or to register (707) 567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net.

Friday, January 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will host a free book launch event featuring readers Nancy Au (Spider Love Song & Other Stories — longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection), Melissa Matthewson (Tracing the Desire Line) and Tomas Moniz (Big Familia — longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Prize for Debut Novel) Aqua Cafe: 189 H St., Petaluma. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/481649245822298.

Friday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Carol Sklenicka. Featured book: Alice Adams Portrait of a Writer. Sklenicka integrates the drama of Adams’ deeply felt, elegantly fierce life with a cascade of events—the civil rights and women’s movements, the sixties counterculture, and sexual freedom. This biography’s revealing analyses of Adams’ stories and novels from Careless Love to Superior Women to The Last Lovely City, and her extensive interviews with Adams’s family and friends, among them Mary Gaitskill, Diane Johnson, Anne Lamott, and Alison Lurie, give us the definitive story of a writer often dubbed “America’s Colette.” At Copperfields, 138 Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/carol-sklenicka

Saturday, January 18, 3:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Sofia Grant and Juliet Blackwell. In Grant’s Lies in White Dresses, women who needed a fast divorce in the 1940s and 50s went to Nevada to live on a ranch with other women in the same boat. This historical novel was inspired by the true stories of those who “took the Reno cure.” Blackwell’s The Vineyards of Champagne portrays the labyrinth of caves below the Champagne region vineyards, where women and children are forced to take shelter from the onslaught of German shellfire above and wine is not the only secret preserved in the cool, dark cellars. Copperfield’s Books, 1330 Lincoln Street, Calistoga. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/sofia-grant-juliet-blackwell

Saturday, January 18, 3:00 p.m. Ukiah Library LOBA Poetry Series presents a bilingual reading from the brand new collected poems of Ulalume González de León, Plagios/Plagiarisms, coming soon from Sixteen Rivers Press. We will have a live reading with poets/translators, Terry Ehret, John Johnson, and Nancy J. Morales. Open mic follows; teens & adults are invited to share poems in any form or style. For more information, please contact Melissa at the Ukiah Library: 234-2862 or carrm@mendocinocounty.org

Sunday, January 19, 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 nice weather on the patio or in the back room if it’s cool outside. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else. Let the group know if you want feedback. Listeners and friends welcome. Donation: $5. Scent free event. Plan to arrive by 12:20 to get settled. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, Poetry and storytelling for a light heart, Book: Star Kissed Shadows & CD: Sweet Tongue, Poetry & Music, For sale at events and at http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents TRANSFORMATION. Join us for a lively performance of stories and poems, full of darkness and light, by 10 local writers: Judy Baker, Margaret Barkley, Cristina Goulart, Alan Gould, Craig Harris, Roger C. Lubeck, Maureen Nelson, Linda L. Reid, Linda Saldaña, Jean Wong. At Abacus, 101 South Main Street, Sebastopol. Actor/Directors: Hilary Moore, Jeff Savage, Kathleen Haynie, RW Hessler, Petra Sperling-Nordqvist, Beth Moise. Music: Patrick Michael McCarty. Tix at the door, $15, $10 for students [cash/check]. Doors open 30 min prior to show.

Friday-Saturday, January 24-25, 7:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents TRANSFORMATION at Copperfield’s in Santa Rosa. Join us for a lively performance of stories and poems, full of darkness and light, by 10 local writers. See January 19 for details.

Saturday, January 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Out of the Ashes book launch and community reading in commemoration of the 2017 wildfires and the Kincade fire. Jodi Hottel will read from her new chapbook, Out of the Ashes, poems relating the 2017 wildfires.This will be a community reading of healing. Featured guest readers, Maya Khosla, current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Poet Laureate emerita, and Ed Coletti, author of Fire Storm, Larry Robinson, author of Roll Away the Stone, and Phyllis Meshulam, author of Land of My Father’s War, will share some of their poems relating to the wildfires. An open mic will follow, when anyone can read a poem of their own about the fires. This event is free and refreshments will be served. Windsor Branch, Sonoma County Public Library, Community Room, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy. #100, Windsor, CA 95492. For more information, email Jodi Hottel: hottel@sonic.net.

Saturday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents David Talbot. Featured book: Between Heaven and Hell. Acclaimed author and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times best sellers Brothers, The Devil’s Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him. At Copperfields, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/david-talbot

Saturday, January 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Double Book Launch: Dianne Romain’s The Trumpet Lesson and Sterling Bennett’s Tales of Mexico and Other Places in the Mind. Latin music by Wine Country Brass. No charge. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. For additional information contact Dianne Romain:  dromain@dianneromain.com.

Sunday, January 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday Meditation Gathering. By Donation. Writers are encouraged to develop a meditation practice that serves the creative process. Open to beginning and seasoned meditators. Bring your friends! Details on Workshops page. Clara Rosemarda (707) 567-7117, rosen@sonic.net.

Sunday, January 26, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Haiku Poets of No. California’s quarterly meeting, featuring a haiku reading by Judith Schallberger.  Award-winning Portland poet Maggie Chula will give a presentation on haibun. Participants are welcome to bring a haiku to read aloud during our brief intros. Time for socializing, snacking, and perusing books for sale. Location: Ft. Mason, Room C-205. Meetings are free & open to the public. http://www.hpnc.org

Sunday January 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book Launch Series presents Susan Swartz. Laughing in the Dark, her first novel, revolves around three old friends who together tackle infidelity, the latest in California dying styles and the inevitable absurdities of aging. As the book’s subtitle says: Girlfriends are the Best Medicine. On-stage conversation with close friend/writer Miriam Silver. Q&A, book sales and signing. Free admission, refreshments served. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Words Off Paper, a celebration of the voices of writers and artists hosted by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder. This month we will be listening to local authors Judy Bebelaar, co-author of And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple From High School to Jonestown; Kirsten Casey, poet, author of Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body; Brian Martens, poet; Judie Rae, author of The Haunting of Walter Rabinowitz; Susan C Shea, mystery writer, author of the Dani O’Rourke Mysteries and French Village Mysteries. At Copperfields, 999 Grant Ave, Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/words-paper-3

Wednesday, January 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. A Sense of Place: Author Greg Sarris in Conversation with Jonah Raskin. Greg Sarris holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, is the Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and acclaimed author and screenwriter. Join him and local journalist, Jonah Raskin for an evening of conversation and connection. At Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park. Copies of Sarris’ Grand Avenue and How a Mountain Was Made will be available for giveaways while supplies last. Details: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/6140576

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Michael Shapiro. Featured Book: The Creative Spark. The Creative Spark is a collection of interviews with some of the most creative people of our time: musicians, authors, visual artists and chefs. These makers speak about what drives them, what helps them to see the world in fresh ways, and what inspires them turn their visions into art. Copperfield’s Books, 138 Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/michael-shapiro

Thursday January 30, 7:30 p.m. Jennifer J. Wilhoit, Ph.D. will be reading from her latest books, Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature (co-author, Stephen B. Jones, 2019) and Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew, at Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main St, Sebastopol. For information on books: www.tealarborstories.com/pg7.cfm

Friday, January 31, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Distinguished Speaker Series: New York Times-bestselling Author Tommy Orange. Orange is the author of the novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, There There shows us violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. Orange talks about his craft, the writing process, and Native American history and culture. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. Details: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/6123324

 

Mark Your Calendar for February 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Mike Chen. Featured book: A Beginning at the End. An emotional story about what happens after the end of the world. A Beginning at the End is a tale of four survivors trying to rebuild their personal lives after a literal apocalypse. For commercial readers who enjoy a speculative twist, or their sci-fi with a heavy dose of family and feelings. At Copperfields, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/mike-chen

Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. Ukiah Library to host Haiku Walk. Free & open to the public. Open to both teens and adults, this will be a guided haiku walk (gingko) through downtown Ukiah. We will make poems based on visual & aural observations of our surroundings, and play with metrics, rhythm, & cadence to discover where the syllables take us. This haiku walk will be facilitated by Melissa Eleftherion Carr (MLIS, MFA), author of field guide to autobiography, huminsect, little ditch, and others. Registration is required – please call 463-4490 to sign up!

Sunday, February 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Les Gottesman & Omerta Publications Memorial Poetry Reading at Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco, in Glen Park. Featuring readings of Les Gottesman’s poetry & work by Omerta Publications’ poets: Alan Senauke, Bill Crossman, Genny Lim, Hilton Obenzinger, Jack Hirschman, Julie Rogers. Piano by Bill Crossman, 415-586-3733 / birdbeckett.com. POSTPONED to Sunday, April 5 because of Super Bowl (really!).

Mondays, February 3, 10, 24 (no meeting, Feb 17), 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly (except holidays) in the Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. We have a flexible time schedule. Come for one, or all three hours, whatever your schedule permits. Bring your computer, write, do your online research, read your “Work in Progress” to the group, or chat about it. 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 (near Coddingtown): www.snoopyshomeice.com. 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.net, www.snoopyswriters.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Monday, February 3, 6:15-8:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Juanita Martin and Kyle Matthews. Open mic follows the features. Reading time is three minutes per poet. As a courtesy to others who wish to share, please time your selections beforehand. Bring an extra poem in the unusual event of a shorter open mic list.

Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:30 p.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshops at Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, facilitated by Marlene Cullen. A workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts. $15 per workshop. For more information: Copperfields Books or Marlene Cullen’s Jumpstart page.

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:00 a.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshops at Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, facilitated by Marlene Cullen. A workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts. $15 per workshop. For more information: Copperfields Books or Marlene Cullen’s Jumpstart page.

Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jumpstart San Rafael at Copperfield’s Books, 850 4th St, San Rafael. Join us in the lovely adjacent Marin Kombucha Café to freewrite to several prompts that will generate new words, new work, new ideas. Open to all who want to experience writing, whether just exploring or with years of practice. No critiquing, just writing freely, allowing the words to lead the way to wherever they go. This is a safe place to delve into memoir, fiction, poetry. $15 per drop-in session, led by Lakin Khan. For details, visit Copperfields Books, Marlene Cullen’s Jumpstart page or Lakin’s blogspot: Rhymes With Bacon

Wednesday, February 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Distinguished Speaker Series: New York Times-bestselling Author Lisa See. See will discuss her latest book The Island of Sea Women and answer questions from the audience, followed by a book signing. See’s new novel is about the free-diving women of South Korea’s Jeju Island. Booklist described it as “stupendous… enthralling…and engrossing.” At Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma. Details: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/6241777

Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Mary Ladd. Featured book: The Wig Diaries, a debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty and contagious lust for life exemplified by hilarious anecdotes. At Copperfields, 3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/mary-ladd

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets proudly features four poets to honor Black History Month: Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross, Garrett Murphy, Wanda Sabir, and Amos White. Hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Following features, light refreshments and “famously friendly” open mic. Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda.

Friday, February 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Story Time Open Mic, First Friday each month: Bring a 5-minute story to tell. Donation $5, 81 Bloomfield Rd, on the corner of 116 and Bloomfield in Sebastopol. Scent free event. Listeners welcome. We give each other encouraging, helpful feedback, if desired. Dress warmly of it’s cold. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, Poetry and storytelling for a light heart, Book: Star Kissed Shadows & CD: Sweet Tongue, Poetry & Music for sale at events and at http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, February 9, 8:00 p.m. Penngrove Reading Series at Penngrove Market, with featured readers Nancy Davis Kho and Michael Giotis. Two amazing readers will begin the event at 8 and the open mic will follow. Writers (and fans) of all genres and experience levels welcome. Come early for drinks and dinner from the wood-fired oven at Penngrove Market, stay late for great literature right in your own backyard. For more info, please contact Nicki Orser at: PenngroveReadingSeries@gmail.com

Monday, February 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition, at Downtown Santa Rosa Library, 211 E. Street, Santa Rosa. Emcee: David Beckman. Admission is free. For questions, please contact: County Coordinator, Jackie Huss Hallerberg, jackiehallerberg@earthlink.net

Sunday, February 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Donna Emerson will be the featured reader at Healdsburg Community Center with her new collection, Beside the Well (https://www.cherry-grove.com/emerson.html). HCC, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg (https://www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/924/Community-Center). Open mic will follow Donna’s reading. Free refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum: David Templeton. Free. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma. See Workshops page for details.

Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. Copperfield’s Books and The Osher Marin JCC present Diane Keaton. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton joins us for a candid talk about her new book Brother and Sister: A Memoir, a poignant exploration of her relationship with her younger brother and the divergent paths siblings’ lives can take. Tickets: $45 (online or in store); admits 1 person & includes 1 copy of Brother and Sister. Details at copperfieldsbooks.com.

Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Heather Chavez. Featured book: No Bad Deed. Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, No Bad Deed is a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history. At Copperfields, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/heather-chavez

Wednesday, February 26, 4:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Phil Bildner. Featured book: A High Five for Glenn Burke. This is Phil Bildner’s most personal novel yet—a powerful story about the challenge of being true to yourself, especially when not everyone feels you belong on the field. At Copperfields, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/phil-bildner

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Donna Emerson will read from her new collection, Beside the Well (https://www.cherry-grove.com/emerson.html). At Rebound Books (http://www.reboundbookstore.com), 1611 Fourth Street, San Rafael. Marin Poet Laureate Emeritus Joe Zaccardi will read with her from his new book, The Weight of Bodily Touches.

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Joan Frank. Featured books: Try to Get Lost and Where You’re All Going: Four Novellas. Through the author’s travels in Europe and the United States, Try to Get Lost explores the quest for place that compels and defines us: the things we carry, how politics infuse geography, media’s depictions of an idea of home, and the ceaseless discovery generated by encounters with self and others on familiar and foreign ground.  In her quartet of novellas, Where You’re All Going, Joan Frank invites readers into the inner lives of characters bewildered by love, grief, and inexplicable affinities. Witty and humane, Frank taps the riches of the novella form as she writes of loneliness, friendship, loss, and the filaments of intimacy that connect us through time. At Copperfields, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/joan-frank-0

Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields books presents Barbara Rose Brooker. Featured novel: Love, Sometimes. After betrayal, intrigue, bartering with the multi-million-dollar network, the impassioned Bette finds herself in the middle of a high-stakes Hollywood legal court battle. Wanting to make a deeper connection with her feelings, writing, and her two adult daughters, she begins to explore her past and her subconscious for her truths. At Copperfields, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/barbara-rose-brooker

Mark Your Calendar for March 2020

Sunday March 1, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Literary Series presents The Ice Palace Waltz by local author Barbara L. Baer. Two Jewish immigrant families come together in a riveting family saga amid the financial and social turmoil of early 20th century America. Selected readings with slide show, Q&A, book sales & signing. Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments by donation, wine/ beer for sale. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, CA. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

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