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February 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.

Sunday, February 28, 3:00 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press presents Ricardo Pau-Llosa and José Luis Gutiérrez in an online reading. Join us for this free online event at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84755044899?pwd=R1BsajF6aWQ2ZjhCSHhYbTJxdm5VQT09

Sunday, February 28, 4:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Catherine Grace Katz: Five Things I’ve Learned about Writing the History We Think We Know. In this 90-minute, online class, discover the five things Katz has learned about uncovering the forgotten voices and experiences that make us reconsider the people and events that we assume we know inside and out. Details and ticket ($40): https://myfivethings.com/class/writing-the-history-we-think-we-know/

Mark Your Calendar for March 2021

Monday, March 1, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets triple header, featuring three Sonoma County poets: Phyllis Meshulam (our Poet Laureate), Donna Emerson, and Jodi Hottel. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE. Sign up in advance for open mic at aqus.com/online. Fill out the Jotform. If you’ve read with us before, you can skip the “about me” section. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed.

Tuesday, March 2, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Wednesday, March 3, 6:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Carol Edgarian in conversation with Tobias Wolf. New York Times bestselling author Carol Edgarian’s Vera is an astonishing feat of imagination, a grand adventure set in 1906 San Francisco—a city leveled by quake and fire. Free, online. Details at: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-carol-edgarian-tobias-wolff-vera

Thursday, March 4, 9:00 p.m. Dominican University Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage present present Isabel Allende: The Soul of a Woman. Get your ticket now ($40) for admission to this live, online event and get a complementary copy of Isabel’s new book, The Soul of a Woman, delivered right to your door! Details and registration: https://dominican.extendedsession.com/isabel-allende/

Friday, March 5, April 2 and May 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Power of Poetry: Fran Claggett-Holland and Linda Loveland Reid will present poetry readings and discussions for new or advanced poets. Non poets welcome. Online classes via Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Free or small donation appreciated: https://www.sebarts.org/lectures 

Friday, March 5, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, March 6, 4:30 p.m. Book Passages presents Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro: Five Things I’ve Learned about Deepening the Creative Flow. Discover the five things acclaimed writers and interviewers Iyer and Shapiro have learned from own their experience — and from the experience of the many creative figures they’ve met — about cultivating and deepening the creative flow. Two-hour, online class, $60. Details and tickets: https://myfivethings.com/class/deepening-the-creative-flow/

Saturday, March 6-Sunday, March 14. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents “Pandemic Perspectives,” a compilation of short plays/films by local talent about life during the pandemic. Online with $15 tickets available at: www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com/pandemic-perspectives-march

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Club presents an Online Screen Writing Workshop: Oscar to Dinner with Indigo Moor. In 90 minutes, learn and experience what it is like to transition your writing into a different medium.
Members $25; nonmembers $35. Click for more information and registration link.

Thursday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. Virtual book launch for Why to These Rocks: 50 Years of Poetry from the Community of Writers. Sponsored by Mill Valley Public Library. Join Cornelius Eady, Brenda Hillman, Evie Shockley (via recording) along with Pulitzer Prize winners Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo, and others to celebrate the publication of this anthology, as they read and discuss poems first written during the Community of Writers’ Poetry Workshop. Register for the event: https://bit.ly/30a1X2B

Friday, March 12, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, March 13, 4:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Elizabeth Lesser: Five Things I’ve Learned about How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers. Discover the five things New York Times bestselling author Lesser has learned about what happens when women trust their instincts, dignify their values, and speak their truths — values and truths that redefine what it means to be a hero. Two-hour, online class, $60. Details and tickets: https://myfivethings.com/class/how-the-heros-journey-changes-when-women-are-the-storytellers/

Saturday, March 13, 4:00-5:15 p.m. Poets in Conversation: A Zoom Poetry Series Hosted by Phyllis Klein. Featuring Perie Longo and Phyllis Klein. Poetry and discussion for our pandemic weary, violence-weary, environment-weary minds and bodies. In addition to poetry, we will entertain questions and comments from the audience after the reading, with the intention to connect, support, and help each other heal. RSVP to poetry@phyllispoetry.com

Monday, March 15, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Bay Area poets Susana Praver-Perez and Terri Glass. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE. Sign up in advance for open mic at aqus.com/online. Fill out the Jotform. If you’ve read with us before, you can skip the “about me” section. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed.

Friday, March 19, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. Writers Forum Online. Presenter, Christine Walker on Masterful Ways to Transform Our Stories: Uncovering truths and shaping intentions for writing vivid, meaningful memoir and narrative nonfiction. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum”

Saturday, March 20, 4:00-5:15 p.m. Poets in Conversation: A Zoom Poetry Series Hosted by Phyllis Klein. Featuring Jennifer Miller and Debby Bacharach, Grayson Book authors. Poetry and discussion for our pandemic weary, violence-weary, environment-weary minds and bodies. In addition to poetry, we will entertain questions and comments from the audience after the reading, with the intention to connect, support, and help each other heal. RSVP to poetry@phyllispoetry.com

Sunday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Virtual Book Launch Series: Elizabeth Herron reads from recently published Insistent Grace. Selected readings with Q&A to follow. Admission free, but registration required at OCA website (occidentalcenterforthearts.org) to receive Zoom link.

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Poetic License Sonoma Poetry Readings to Lighten the Darkness via Zoom. Topic: Epiphany. Readings by the eight poets of Poetic License Sonoma (poeticlicensesonoma.com) whose mission is to celebrate and promote poetry, personally and collectively, in this soul-stirring region and beyond. Requires Registration: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetic-license-sonoma-epiphanies. Free or Welcomed Donation. 

Friday, March 26, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. Writers Forum Online. Presenter, Christine Walker on Masterful Ways to Transform Our Stories: Elevating fiction with truths and shaping intentions for writing believable, memorable novels and stories. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum”

Saturday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors presents Lisa Scottoline in conversation with Lisa See. Scottoline‘s new release, Eternal, offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome, in the creeping shadow of fascism. For more information and to register for this ONLINE series (free), go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com

Sunday, March 28, 4:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Isabel Allende: Five Things I’ve Learned about Writing Fiction. Discover your voice and the work you were born to create with one of the most widely read authors in the world. Cost: $60 for 90-minute, online class. More details and registration: https://myfivethings.com/class/writing-fiction/

Mark Your Calendar for April 2021

Friday, April 2 and May 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Power of Poetry: Fran Claggett-Holland and Linda Loveland Reid will present poetry readings and discussions for new or advanced poets. Non poets welcome. Online classes via Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Free or small donation appreciated: https://www.sebarts.org/lectures 

Friday, April 2, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Monday, April 5, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Alison Luterman and Terry Ehret. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE. Sign up in advance for open mic at aqus.com/online. Fill out the Jotform. If you’ve read with us before, you can skip the “about me” section. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed.

Tuesday, April 6, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, April 9, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, April 16, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Saturday, April 17, 5:00–6:00 p.m. Poetry In Action: A Youth Poetry Reading and Conversation on Equity and Compassion. Live open mic via Zoom. Hosted by: Zoya Ahmed, 2020 – 2021 Sonoma County Youth Poet Laureate. For Sonoma County teens, age 13-19. Email YouthPoetry-UIK@InterfaithSonoma.org to sign up. Deadline is Friday, March 26.

Monday, April 19, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Eliot Shain and Patrick Cahill. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE. Sign up in advance for open mic at aqus.com/online. Fill out the Jotform. If you’ve read with us before, you can skip the “about me” section. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed.

Friday, April 23, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, April 30, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

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