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October 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.

 

Friday, October 1, 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, October 1, 7:00 p.m. The Petaluma Museum is hosting an ekphrastic poetry reading and slide show featuring the winners of the recent poetry contest for its new online exhibit, Black & White in Black and White. The reading will be on Zoom. The public is welcome to attend, though there will not be an open mic.  Details: www.petalumamuseum.com/calendar-event/virtual-exhibit-opening-poetry-reading/

Saturday, October 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Writers Forum hosts four Saturday afternoons of writing on the Zoom platform. Marlene Cullen will lead these free writing sessions, using inspirational prompts from The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries. Registration is required. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum”

Sunday, October 3, 12:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents John Banville in conversation with Barbara Lane. Featured Book: April in Spain. ONLINE, free. Booker Prize winner John Banville’s Quirke returns for a dramatic new mystery on the Spanish coast—a dark and evocative follow-up to national bestseller Snow. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/john-banville-conversation-barbara-lane-online

Monday, October 4, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Louise Moises and Jeanne Wagner, 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, October 7-Saturday, October 23. Litquake 2021 offers 80+ Events, 300 authors, Online & In-Person. Many events are free, including KidQuake and Lit Crawl (see Oct. 23 below). Lit Quake is a ten-day literary spectacle for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. See Fest Schedule: www.litquake.org/upcoming-events.html

Thursday, October 7, 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, October 7, 5:30 p.m. Book Passage presents Joshua Ferris in conversation with Lily King. Featured book: A Calling for Charlie Barnes (Online). From a National Book Award Finalist comes a novel about a modern American family and a man on a secret mission to uncover the world’s hidden truths—until his two lives come crashing together. Details and link to online event: www.bookpassage.com/event/joshua-ferris-calling-charlie-barnes-online-event

Friday, October 8, 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, October 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Writers Forum hosts four Saturday afternoons of writing on the Zoom platform. Marlene Cullen will lead these free writing sessions, using inspirational prompts from The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries. Registration is required. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum”

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Peter Coyote in conversation with Anthony Lee Head. Featured Book: Tongue of a Crow. ONLINE, free. Peter Coyote’s poems take us on a whirlwind tour of an eclectic and exciting life as an actor and Zen Buddhist priest, meandering from love affairs to marriage to divorce to the Sixties to psychedelic spirituality and beyond. Written over several decades, they read as a collage, each piece distinct and contributing to a cohesive lyric narrative. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/peter-coyote-conversation-anthony-lee-head-online

Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. Point Reyes Books presents poet Atsuro Riley, reading from his much-anticipated collection of poetry, Heard-Hoard, winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, free, online: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/atsuro-riley

Friday, October 15, 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, October 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Writers Forum hosts four Saturday afternoons of writing on the Zoom platform. Marlene Cullen will lead these free writing sessions, using inspirational prompts from The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries. Registration is required. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum”

Sunday, October 17, 4:00 p.m. Book Launch. Occidental Center for the Arts auditorium. Generation Occupy: Reawakening American Democracy by Michael Levitin. Free event, donations welcome. Proof of vaccination/ID required at the door, masking while indoors. Selected readings, book sales and author signing. Refreshments available for sale. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Court, corner of Bohemian and Graton Rds. Go to www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/upcoming-events/generation-occupy-reawakening-american-democracy or (707) 874-9392 for more info. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.

Monday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. Book Passage presents Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Mona Simpson. Featured book: Crossroads (Online). Join us for a one-of-a-kind literary conversation between Jonathan Franzen and Mona Simpson to celebrate his latest novel, Crossroads—a tour de force following a Midwestern family in the ’70s throughout which Franzen’s gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident. Ticketed event ($38) includes copy of book and online access for 48 hours. Details: www.bookpassage.com/franzen-crossroads

Monday, October 18, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Sheila Black and Jeanne Lupton, 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

Wednesday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. Donna Emerson and fellow contributors to The Healing Muse read poetry at the virtual launch party for Issue 21. To register for the event, contact Managing Editor, Andrea Musolino at musolina@upstate.edu, who will provide the link.

Thursday, October 21, 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, October 21, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Connections: An Evening of Poetry. Local poets and live music. Five local poets bring you a live evening of poetry: Sandra Anfang, Kirsten Avilla, Ernie Carpenter, Hilary Moore and Larry Robinson, with music by John Christian. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol. Donations at the door. Net proceeds to benefit California Poets in the Schools. Attendees must be vaccinated; check website for mask requirements. More information: https://www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/connections

Friday, October 22, 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, October 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Writers Forum hosts four Saturday afternoons of writing on the Zoom platform. Marlene Cullen will lead these free writing sessions, using inspirational prompts from The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries. Registration is required. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Saturday, October 23, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Lit Crawl San Francisco 2021. In San Francisco’s Mission District, twenty-two events and eighty plus local authors, part of Litquake; the Crawl is in-person at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, presenting a wide range of genres, writers, artists, and literary organizations. Full schedule at: www.litquake.org/litcrawl2021.html

Sunday, October 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Book launch for Nina Ayin Reimer’s Artist as Healer: Stories of Transformation and Healing at Art & Soul of Sebastopol, 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. An outdoor event, book signing and story-telling.

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Poetic License Sonoma explores the theme of “Changes” with special guest poet, Emilie Lygren. Presenting poets: Kusum Irene Jain, Joseph Cutler, Susanne Arrhenius, Paul DeMarco, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski and SRJC student poet Douglas Anderson. Sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts via Zoom. Nominal fee of $5. More details and registration at: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetic-license-sonoma-change

Thursday, October 28, 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, October 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Virtual Poesίa del Recuerdo/Poetry of Remembrance Community Reading. Members of the community gather virtually to read poems in honor and remembrance of special people in our lives. Hosts for the evening are John Johnson, Sande Anfang, Phyllis Meshulam, Jabez Churchill, and Terry Ehret. If you are interested in attending or sharing a poem, please contact Terry Ehret for the Zoom link at tehret99@comcast.net

Friday, October 29, 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, October 30, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Writers Forum hosts a free writing workshop on the Zoom platform. Marlene Cullen will lead this writing session, using inspirational prompts from The Write Spot:Connections. Registration is required. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Saturday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. Point Reyes Books presents acclaimed essayist and memorist Rebecca Solnit, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Nonfiction for Recollections of My Nonexistence, discussing her new book, Orwell’s Roses, a reexamination of George Orwell’s life and writings through the lens of his passion for gardening, in conversation with artist and writer Jenny Odell. In-person event at Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. $28, ticket includes a copy of the book. Purchase tickets here: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/rebecca-solnit-and-jenny-odell

 

Mark Your Calendar for November 2021

November 1-30, NaMoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page. It’s a teaching tool and curriculum taught in 5,920 classrooms, and NaNoWriMo’s programs run year-round. More information at: https://nanowrimo.org/about-nano

Monday, November 1, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Dane Cervine and Stella Beratlis, 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, November 4, 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, November 5, 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, November 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Writers Forum hosts a free writing workshop on the Zoom platform. Marlene Cullen will lead this writing session, using inspirational prompts from The Write Spot:Connections. Registration is required. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Friday, November 12, 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, November 12 and Saturday November 13, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 14, 3:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater performs its new show “Detour” at Church of the Oaks, 160 West Sierra Street, Cotati. Off the Page is performing works from 10 local writers: Sandra Anfang, David Beckman, Shayna Billings, Diane Budo, Craig Harris, John Heide, Gene Hottel, Hilary Susan Moore, Laurie Reaume, Jo-Anne Rosen. Musicians: Pi Jacobs will open the evening shows, Patrick Michael McCarty will open the matinee. $15 at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required.

Sunday, November 14, and Sunday, December 12, 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.

Sunday, November 14, 4:00 p.m. Book Launch: Occidental Center for the Arts Literary Series presents Beside the River and its sequel River’s End by long-time Sonoma County resident and author Mark Tate. In Beside the River, we meet Kazumi Matsuoka, a vineyard owner and haiku master whose dream to transform ten acres of her vineyard into a preserve with hiking paths connecting through the Laguna de Santa Rosa to the California Coastwalk is challenged by the discovery of a nearby homeless encampment. It’s sequel, River’s End, immerses readers in the struggles of drug addiction, homelessness, murder, and the whirlwind of climate change. Free indoor event, 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. Contact info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392 for more info.

Monday, November 15, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Diane Frank and poets from the Fog and Light anthology, 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, November 18, 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, November 19, 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, November 26, 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, November 30, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Kate Baer, online. Featured Book: I Hope This Finds You Well. The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Kind of Woman returns with a collection of erasure poems created from notes she received from followers, supporters and detractors—an artform that reclaims the vitriol from online trolls and inspires readers to transform what is ugly or painful in their own lives into something beautiful. Free. More information and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/kate-baer-online

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