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December 2021 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 2020. 
For Book Passages Conversations With Authors, go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com/archive/
Copperfield’s Books’ Virtual Event Library may be found on YouTube.

 

Wednesday, December 1, 5:45-6:45 p.m. Unsolicited Press invites you to an online reading with short story authors Daniel Coshnear and Richard Krause. Sonoma County author Coshnear will be reading from his newest collection, Separation Anxiety. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92407165847?pwd=Zy9qLzBBbU85anc1REgrRGFOcmxPdz09

Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Neal Shusterman. Featured Book: Roxy (by Neil Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman). From the team that brought you the New York Times bestselling Dry comes a riveting new thriller that proves when gods play games, even love is a lie. In person at the Petaluma store, 140 Kentucky Street. Masks are required, limited seated. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/neal-shusterman-0

Thursday, December 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Thursday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. Book Passage & HarperCollins present Ann Patchett. Featured book: These Precious Days (live, online ticketed event: donation or cost of book, $26.99). The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. Details and registration: www.bookpassage.com/patchett-precious-days

Friday, December 3, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, December 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Book Passage presents Allison Moorer: What Memoir Demands. and All It Makes Possible. In this two-hour class discover the five things Moorer has learned about sharing her family’s stories in prose and in song — and about all that taking ownership of our most personal stories makes possible. Online event. More information and tickets ($60): https://myfivethings.com/class/allison-moorer-what-memoir-demands/

Saturday, December 4, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wonderful Poetry Reading, The Literary Cafe, Taylor Lane Coffee, 6790 McKinley St #170, Sebastopol. Masks required except when eating or drinking. Be delighted and inspired by The Literary Cafe poets who share the passion and wisdom of their hearts. www.taylorlane.com/pages/location. http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com/events.html

Sunday, December 5, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Book launch for Nina Ayin Reimer’s Artist as Healer: Stories of Transformation and Healing. At Coffee & Moore, 6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Book sale and signing. Indoor event. Please wear masks when not eating or drinking.

Monday, December 6, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Dave Seter and Chuck Brickley, followed by open mic (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). 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

Tuesday, December 7, 4:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Michael J. Fox in conversation with Willie Giest. In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Live, online, ticketed event. Buy book and receive email ticket, $18. Shipping of book not included. Details and registration: www.bookpassage.com/event/michael-j-fox-no-time-future-online-event

Wednesday, December 8, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents David Damrosch in Conversation with Martin Puchner. Featured Book: Around the World in 80 Books. ONLINE, free. A transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, through classic and modern literary works that are in conversation with one another and with the world around them. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/david-damrosch-conversation-martin-puchner-online

Friday, December 10, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, December 10, 1:00 p.m. Book Passage presents Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways. Featured book: Wish You Were Here, a pandemic novel. In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana O’Toole finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different. Corte Madera Store, ticketed event • $35. Details and registration: www.bookpassage.com/WishYouWereHere

Sunday, December 12, and Saturday, January 22, 2:00-5:00 p.m. MovingWriting: Embodied Expressive Writing workshops with Loretta Mijares, combining conscious movement/dance with expressive writing. At a private studio in Sebastopol. $75/Sunday or $135 for both Sundays. To register, go to www.MovingWriting.com or email: loretta@movingwriting.com.

Thursday, December 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, December 17, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday, December, 19, 4:00 p.m. Book launch for Chris Riebli’s The Egg Man at Occidental Center for the Arts. Set in the North Bay region of California in the late 19th and early decades of the 20th century, The Egg Man is the story of Arnold Bert Miller—poacher, teamster, drinker, dreamer—an Everyman of his day, “nose to nose with the hard truths about himself.” This novel is a prequel to The Body’s Perfect, (2012) and traces two earlier generations of the Miller family. Free indoor event, all donations gratefully invited, no registration required. Proof of vaccination and indoor masking required. Refreshments available for sale. Selected readings by the author with Q&A, book sales and signing. For more information, see www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/upcoming-events or call 707-874-9392.

Monday, December 20, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Elise Kazanjian and Ellen Woods, followed by open mic (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). 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, December 24, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, December 31, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

 

Mark Your Calendar for January 2022

Monday, January 3, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Katharine Harer and Judy Bebelaar, followed by open mic (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). 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

Thursday, January 6, 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, January 7, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Tuesday, January 11, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Jillian Cantor in conversation with T. Greenwood. Featured Book: Beautiful Little Fools. USA Today bestselling author Jillian Cantor reimagines and expands on the literary classic The Great Gatsby in this atmospheric historical novel with echoes of Big Little Lies, told in three women’s alternating voices. ONLINE, free. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jillian-cantor-conversation-t-greenwood-online

Friday, January 14, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday, January 16, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts book launch for Dan Coshnear’s Separation Anxiety, a stunning short story collection that shows how pervasive the disorder can be in everyday lives. In eighteen stories, Coshnear paints separation anxiety as an engine of change while being careful to tend to the delicateness of the disorder’s consequences. Dan’s readings will be accompanied by a musician friend and co-worker. A Q&A, book sales and signing to follow. All book events are free, all donations warmly welcomed. No proof of vaccination required, but masking required indoors. Refreshments, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages available for sale. Details: www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/upcoming-events/book-launch-separation-anxiety-by-dan-coshnear

Sunday, January 16, 4:00 p.m. Book Passage presents Jonathan Evison in conversation with Jason Mott. Evison’s Small World is an epic novel for now. Set against such iconic backdrops as the California gold rush, the development of the transcontinental railroad, and a speeding train of modern-day strangers forced together by fate, it is a grand entertainment that asks big questions. Live, online. Details and event link: www.bookpassage.com/event/jonathan-evison-small-world-online-event

Thursday, January 20, 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, January 21, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, January 22, 2:00-5:00 p.m. MovingWriting: Embodied Expressive Writing workshops 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.

Thursday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Meg Waite Clayton. Featured Book: The Postmistress of Paris. The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe. ONLINE, free. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/meg-waite-clayton-online

Friday, January 28, 11:00 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

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