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March 2019 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
WordTemple Poetry Series www.wordtemple.com

 

Sunday, March 3, 3:00 p.m. North Bay Letterpress Arts hosts nationally acclaimed poets Barbara Henning and Maureen Owen on the final leg of their cross-country reading tour from NYC to the Bay Area. Maureen Owen, former editor/publisher of Telephone Magazine and Telephone Books, is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Edges of Water (2013) from Chax Press. Barbara Henning is the author of four novels, seven collections of poetry, four chapbooks and a series of photo-poem pamphlets. Maureen and Barbara are blogging their cross-country journey and readings at Owen & Henning: Poets on the Road (more information on poets may be found here, too). Come hear them read and relate their adventures at North Bay Letterpress Arts, 925-d Gravenstein Highway South Sebastopol, California (behind Bee Kind). The event is free but donations are gratefully encouraged.

Sunday, March 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Copperfield’s Books: Meet and Greet With Deborah Taylor-French. Featured Book: Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries. When twelve-year-old animal lover, Nevada, races to a wildfire on a neighboring farm in northern California, little does she know this is only the beginning. Soon, it will take more than courage to protect her small town and the people she loves. At Montgomery Village store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/meet-and-greet-deborah-taylor-french

Monday, March 4, 6:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets will feature John Rowe and Jan Dederick, who hail from the East Bay, followed by open mic. Please prepare up to three minutes of poetry—your own or another’s—to share. Lew Baer will host in Sandra Anfang’s absence. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. The reading begins at 6:15 sharp. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays.

Wednesday, March 6, 2:00-3:00 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. Dress warmly if it’s cool. We meet inside if it rains. Listeners welcome. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, Poetry and storytelling for a light heart. http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com/events.html

Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets celebrates International Women’s Month at Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Featured poets are Susan Cohen, Sharon Coleman, and Angela Chung. Special guest feature is Berkeley Poet Laureate, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez. Light refreshments, open mic follow features. We pass the hat.

Thursday, March 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Book Launch for Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images at Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa. Join us for a celebration of Sonoma Mountain by exploring writings, photographs and maps of this natural treasure. Master storyteller and author Arthur Dawson will read from the newly released Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images and share stories told by many who know and love the mountain well. This is offered in partnership with Sonoma Land Trust. Books available for pick-up and purchase. Register: https://slt030719.eventbrite.com. Books may also be purchased on the Sonoma Mountain Preservation website.

Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. Ayin Weaver reads from her new novel Viridian at Many River’s Books & Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Suite 101, Sebastopol.

Thursday, March 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sitting Room “Pen and Ink Club”, first meeting of a writing group for new and experienced writers. All genres are welcome: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama. The emphasis will be on the collaborative nature of writing, learning from reading published writers and from reading each other’s work. We will meet for 8 weeks with a concluding open reading tba. The “Pen and Ink Club” is FREE and open to all. Please contact Sheila Bare (salbare@yahoo.com; 707-537-6835) for more information and to reserve your seat.

Saturday, March 9, 6:00 p.m. Book Launch for Brian Fies’ new book A Fire Story. Fies, a Santa Rosa resident, shares his story of the October wild fires that spread through Sonoma County in his captivating graphic memoir. At Charles M. Schultz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Details: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/book-launch-brian-fies

Sunday, March 10, 2:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Presents: Nora Profit – Emotion Crafting for Every Writer. A talk with Nora Profit on the craft of emotion: what it is and why it should be the focus for every writer. Award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and author Nora Profit is founder of the creative writing school, The Writing Loft. For more information, go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Public is welcome. Come early to register at the door. $10.

Sunday, March 10, 4:00–6:00 p.m. Word-Play Fundraiser: Poet Meets Pianist will feature poet Dana Gioia, former chairman of the NEA and California Poet Laureate, performing in collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Helen Sung. The artists are donating their time and talents in support of Healdsburg Jazz, and the venue is the unique Geyserville home and sculpture gardens of the Voigt Family. $250 per person, tax deductible. More information at: www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org/dana-gioia-helen-sung-fundraiser-march-10

Mondays, March 11, 25 (Mar 18, no meeting), 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m . Meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly (except holidays) at the Warm Puppy Café. Write in Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Read your “Work in Progress” 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). 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.comwww.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Thursday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. Books On Stage. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Ellen Sussman: From Jersey Girl to California Woman (with a dose of Paris in between)… CPAC welcomes bestselling author Ellen Sussman, author of four acclaimed novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This, and editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. ” The event will be followed by wine, cheese, conversation in the lobby. Suggested donation $10. CPAC is at 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com

Thursday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents Witness. Bear witness to a spectacular evening of readings, as six acclaimed authors read on the theme of “Witness”: Tim Fitts, Stephen D. Gutierrez, Susan Hayden, Keenan Norris, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, and Tracy Winn. For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see the website www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7:00; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

Saturday March 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Ed Coletti will read from his full-length poetry collection Apollo Blue’s Harp And The Gods Of Song at SoCo Coffee, 1015 4th St., Santa Rosa. His grandson Justin Coletti will provide dynamite music with Steve Shain accompanying on bass. Ed’s book is his homage to and impressions of jazz, rock, classical, and blues music. More details and ordering info: Sonoma County Books in Print

Sunday, March 17, 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 the cozy comfort of the back room, patio, or hallway, depending on weather. Dress warmly in case we meet in the hallway where there’s less noise. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else. Listeners welcome. $5. Scent free event. Plan to arrive by 12:20 to get settled. Be sure to wear your green. You must have kissed the Blarney stone since you have the gift of gab. 🙂 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, Poetry and storytelling for a light heart. http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com/events.html

Wednesday, March 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday Dialogues @ the Museum, Book Reading from Where the World Begins, Sonoma Mountain Stories & Images, at Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma. This recently-published book by the Sonoma Mountain Preservation, celebrating 25 years of the safekeeping of Sonoma Mountain, will be for sale, and author Arthur Dawson will be on hand to read select passages and sign copies of the book. https://www.petalumamuseum.com/calendar-event/wednesday-dialogues-the-museum-where-the-world-begins-sonoma-mountain-stories-images/. Books may also be purchased on the Sonoma Mountain Preservation website.

Thursday , March 21, 11a.m.-1:30 p.m. ALCHEMY OF MEMORY: Creative Writing As Spiritual Practice. First of six Thursday morning workshops with Clara Rosemarda, in Santa Rosa. See Workshops for details. For more information or registering: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presenter Guy Biederman will explore the art of flash fiction and discuss the principles of the short form striving for sinewy prose that charges the moment. Guy Biederman has taught creative writing at College of Marin, San Francisco State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, The Sitting Room, and privately at many venues since 1991. His fiction and poetry have been internationally published in over fifty journals. Free. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page and Redwood Writers bring you: “SIX WINNING PLAYS.” At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Redwood Writers held a short-play contest, and Off the Page Readers Theater will perform the winning plays. There will be laughter, tears, love, divorce, and maybe a death or two! PLAYWRIGHTS: Samantha Alban, Laura McHale Holland, Paul McCormick, Harry Reid, Jean Wong, Natasha Yim. Tickets: $15 general, $10 students. Advance tickets: redwoodwriters.org. Tickets also at the door [cash/check]. Doors open 30 minutes prior to shows.

Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page and Redwood Writers bring you: “SIX WINNING PLAYS.” At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. See March 22 for details.

Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m. Off the Page and Redwood Writers bring you: “SIX WINNING PLAYS. At Abacus, 101 South Main Street, Sebastopol. See March 22 for details.

Friday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books’ featured book: Wild Bill by Tom Clavin. In July 1865, “Wild Bill” Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO—the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger the Wild West. The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876, when cowardly Jack McCall famously put a bullet through the back of his head during a card game. Bestselling author Tom Clavin has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickock fully to life in this rip-roaring, spellbinding true story. At Copperfield’s San Rafael Store, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. Details: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/tom-clavin

Friday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book Launch Series presents Loving David by local author Andrea Granahan. A man’s epic love, and courage facing death. Slide show, selected readings, Q&A, book sales and signing. Music with Gordon & Blythe. Free admission, donations welcome. Refreshments by donation, wine & beer for sale. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 p.m. Words Off Paper. Copperfield’s Books presents a local author panel hosted by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder. Authors presenting will be: Shira Marin, author of Shadows of a Broken Mystery; Michelle A. Carter, author of From Under the Russian Snow; Gail Entrekin, poet and author of Rearrangement of the Invisible; and Judy Crowe, poet and author of Flat Water: Nebraska Poems. Perhaps more to come! At Copperfield’s Books, Novato Store, 999 Grant Ave., Novato. See: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/words-paper-1

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 p.m. Off the Page and Redwood Writers bring you: “SIX WINNING PLAYS. At Church of the Oaks, Page and West Sierra Avenue, Cotati. See March 22 for details.

Mark Your Calendar for April 2019

Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m . Meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly (except holidays) at the Warm Puppy Café. Write in Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Read your “Work in Progress” 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). 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.comwww.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Monday, April 1, 6:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets will feature Janet Baer and Sandra Anfang. Sandra is celebrating the release of her brand new full-length collection, Xylem Highway. After the featured readers, we’ll hold our unusual and surprising open mic. Please time your shares to three minutes. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. The reading begins at 6:15 sharp. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays.

Wednesday, April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our Big Backyard: Community Access and Renewal on Sonoma Mountain—Book Launch Party at Vintage House, 264 1st Street East, Sonoma. Master storyteller and author Arthur Dawson will read from the newly released book Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images. Other contributors who know and love the mountain will share stories. Books available for pick-up and purchase. With a focus on the mountain’s role in the landscape as a place providing access to open space, healing, and artistic and spiritual inspiration, the evening will include light refreshments and classical guitar music. A collaboration with Reader’s Books, Sonoma Mountain Preservation, Jack London Park, Sonoma Nature, Sonoma Agricultural and Open Space District, and Sonoma Ecology Center. More details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-party-our-big-backyard-registration-56127181912. Books may also be purchased on the Sonoma Mountain Preservation website.

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets celebrates National Poetry Month at Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Feature is Chetana Karel-Michaan as Emily Dickinson from her one-woman show, “Old Fashioned, Naughty, Everything—A Glimpse of Emily Dickinson.” Special guest feature is Clive Matson announcing FREE upcoming AI Poets Workshop, April 11, 7 p.m, on political poetry and activism. Hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Light refreshments, open mic follow features. We pass the hat.

Saturday, April 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Virginia Matthews, dancer/choreographer, presents Dance Performance & Poetry Event with poets, Kyle Matthews, Carol Griffin, Raphael Block and guitarist David Field at the Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. General admission $15, students/seniors $10. For more info: danceart@sonic.net and raphael@raphaelblock.com

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents six acclaimed authors reading on the theme of “Familiar:” Jasmin Darznik, Yalitza Ferraras, Christina Hoag, Miah Jeffra, Kimberly Kruge, and Rolf Yngve. . For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see the website www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7:00; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

Friday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. Book Launch Series presents book party for local author Michael Levitin’s debut novel, Disposable Man. “Robust with nuance and wit, it’s beautifully written with vibrant descriptions of people and places and lots and lots of history – both global and personal.”— San Jose Mercury News. Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Selected readings by the author, Q&A, book sales and signing. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. Accessible to people with disabilities. More details re book on SoCo in Print page; info on event: 707-874-9392. Occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presenter Iris Jamahl Dunkle will talk about research and the art of crossing genres. While researching Charmian Kittredge London, Dunkle discovered that encounters with these personal documents made her want to write poetry and so alongside her biography of Charmian, a manuscript of poems was produced. Dunkle will talk about how research can inspire both long biographical work and short lyric poems. Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the recent past Poet Laureate of Sonoma County. Free. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

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