January 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Mondays, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers “I love to hear an editor beg…” The Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. On January 9th we will meet in the Cafe. Our regular meeting space will not be available. Make sure your computers are charged. There are no electrical outlets in the Cafe. EMAIL: Georgette email@example.com or Dawn firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.snoopyswriters.com. Blog: http://www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com
Monday, January 2, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets will feature North Bay poets M.J. Arcangelini and Crystal Ockenfuss. Open mic will follow the features, with a limit of three minutes per reader. Try to come a little earlier–the open mic list fills early. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. The café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Contact: Sande Anfang, email@example.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
Wednesday, January 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets monthly free reading, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda. Features are poets Jannie M. Dresser and Alison Hart. Open mic follows features. Light refreshments. Pass the hat.
Friday Mornings, January 6, 13 and 27, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. “Writing as a Healing Practice” Co-Ed drop-in writing circle with author and writing guide Susan Hagen. This gentle, supportive, earth-based healing circle fosters self-awareness and personal growth. Part of the Community Heals Clinic and open to all adults. No reservations needed, no writing experience necessary. DROP IN at Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), at Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave., Suite 120, Sebastopol, across from Coffee Catz patio. Suggested donation $20-$40 per session. www.susanhagen.com
Friday January 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Book launch for A Kerosene Beauty from Nawakum Press, a collaboration featuring new poems by award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield and mezzotint engravings by printmaker Holly Downing. Letterpress printing by Pat Reagh; binding by Lisa Van Pelt. Downing’s prints will be on display, Hirshfield will give a reading, there will be music by Deborah Levoy, and one of the poems will be on the press for souvenir broadside-printing. North Bay Letterpress Arts is the host at Iota Press, 9025d Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. Details: http://northbayletterpressarts.org/events/upcoming-events
Saturday Mornings, January 7 and 14, 9:00–11:00 a.m. PDT, “Women EVERYWHERE Writing Together: a Virtual Telephone Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is a telephone group for women ANYWHERE who are unable to attend a face-to-face writing circle. Explore the stories of your life in a safe, supportive circle of women. Each session includes a check-in, meditation, writing, reading aloud (if you wish), deep listening, and positive reflection. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. One class for $47, three classes for $97. Choose your dates; ongoing throughout the year. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, January 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m. “Second Annual Women’s Intention Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. We can do amazing things when animated by intention and purpose. This is not about new year’s resolutions! Come smudge, drum, and write your way into the new year with a community of soulful, spiritual, like-hearted women. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. West county location TBA. $47 early bird before December 17; $57 thereafter. www.susanhagen.com
Saturday, January 7, 7:30 p.m. Youth Poetry Slam at Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street, Ukiah. More info on Mendocino County lit events: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry
Sunday, January 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers presents Agents’ Day & Pitchfest. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. The Power Of Four! What’s hot, what’s not, and how do you find that perfect agent? Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A about the publishing industry. A great way to start the New Year! Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa. The general public is invited, $10. For more details go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Sunday, January 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Writing Group Forming in Sonoma. Led by experienced facilitator with goal of supportive yet incisive critiquing. (Welcoming all genres & levels.) Explore the possibilities and share ideas at initial meeting. At Peets Coffee, 591 Broadway, Sonoma. Sign up here: www.meetup.com/Sonoma-Writing-Meetup/events/236650137/?gj=te1&rv=te1
Thursday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. Join the renowned reading series Why There Are Words at Studio 333 in Sausalito to celebrate its seventh anniversary. “Lucky Seven & One to Grow On Eight” will feature eight acclaimed authors who’ve appeared at WTAW over the past seven years. Additionally, WTAW Press will announce its selection of the first two titles it will publish in 2017. The launch of WTAW’s national neighborhood of readings in New York City, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Portland and Austin, set to begin in February, will also be celebrated. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; readings begin at 7:15. $10.00 (cash or check). For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see the Why There Are Words website, whytherearewords.com.
Thursday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. Terri Tate reads from Crooked Smile: A Memoir (Foreword by Anne Lamott). At Readers’ Books, 130 East Napa St., Sonoma. For more info, call (707) 939-1779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, January 15, 12:00 p.m. Photography Exhibit (12:00–5:00 p.m.) and Book Launch/Slide show (2:00 p.m.) for Julianne Skai Arbor’s new book, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature at Occidental Center for the Arts auditorium. Photographer and arborist Arbor brings us into intimate contact with 50 species of trees from 13 countries, weaving stunning nude photography, natural history, ethnobotany, conservation, and the ecopsychology of the human-tree relationship. Q&A, book sales and signing after readings/slide show. Admission free; all donations happily accepted. Delectable ethnobotanical tree refreshments, live music by Richard Heinberg and Gaia String Trio, opening intro by OAEC’s Brock Dolman. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.
Sunday, January 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic, at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Round robin open mic, read short stories and/or poems if you like. Listeners welcome. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Donation: $5 to $10. Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian: http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne
Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. Calistoga Community Reads featuring Elizabeth McKenzie. Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction and a finalist for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, McKenzie’s The Portable Veblen is an exuberant, laugh-out-loud, one-of-a-kind novel about love, family, war, nature, and changing values. Copperfield’s Bookstore, 1330 Lincoln Street, Calistoga. Details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/calistoga-community-reads-elizabeth-mckenzie
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00-9:30 p.m., first of six evening sessions. Compose Yourself: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or email@example.com; www.ClaraRosemarda.com. See Workshops page for details.
Thursday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., first of six morning sessions. Compose Yourself: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ClaraRosemarda.com. See Workshops page for details.
Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. Books on Stage with Jane Mead at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. Jane Mead’s fifth collection of poems, World of Made and Unmade, candidly and openly explores the long process that is death. Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals and she is the recipient of grants and awards from the Whiting, Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations. Jane will give a reading and interview, followed at 8:30 by a literary salon featuring conversation with the author, wine, and cheese. $10 suggested donation. Hosted by Janet Vail and Lisa Michaels. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com or www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/books-stage-jane-mead. Email email@example.com.
Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. Frank Samson discusses The Aging Boomer. At Readers’ Books, 130 East Napa St., Sonoma. For more info, call (707) 939-1779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. Three Poets on Inauguration Eve: Linda Noel, Mary Norbert Korte, WJ Ray. Willits Library Reading Room, 390 East Commercial Street, Willits. $5 donation requested. More info on Mendocino County lit events: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry
Thursday, January 19, 7:30 p.m. Marin Poetry Center features 2015 Northern California Book Award winner poet Julia Levine, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight; and poet, physician, short-story writer, and Warren Wilson MFA faculty member C. Dale Young, The Halo. Falkirk Cutural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. Light refreshments. Non-members $5, members $3, students free. (415/388-4033, email@example.com, www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
Friday, January 20–Monday, January 23, 2017. Four-Day Women’s Writing Retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker With author and writing guide Susan Hagen. See Conference and Retreats page for details or www.susanhagen.com.
Friday, January 20, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents its Winter 2017 show, Family Matters, performing work by local authors: Sandra Anfang, Joe Arcangelini, Catharine Bramkamp, Armando Garcia-Dávila, Craig Harris, John Johnson,Chuck Kensler, Nancy Long, David Madgalene, Hilary Susan Moore, Megan O’Hara, Linda Saldaña, Jean Wong. Doors open 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $10, students. Mockingbird Books, 6932 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol.
Saturday, January 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sensory Literary Open Mic, Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses, at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Usually the 2nd Saturday of each month.* Round robin open mic. Donation: $5 to $10. Scent free event. Listeners welcome. Hosted by Sher Christian: http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne. *Note: Second Saturday falls on Jan. 14 and third Sunday is Jan. 15, so Sensory Open Mic is temporarily the third Saturday, Jan. 21 this month only.
Saturday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Bookstore features Mark Coleman discussing his new book, Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic. Copperfield’s, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/mark-coleman
Saturday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. Coppefield’s presents Will Schwalbe. From the author of the bestselling The End of Your Life Book Club comes an engaging new book, Books For Living. Both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives, Schwalbe’s latest is a thought-provoking, heartfelt, and inspiring new book about books. At Copperfield’s, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/will-schwalbe
Sunday, January 22, 2:00-4:30 p.m. 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Poets Against Trump — Drown Him Out! Poets all over the country are speaking out against the agenda promoted by Donald Trump and his appointees. We want to drown out his ugly rhetoric! We will have a great duo of sax (Ari Camarota, owner of Gaia’s) and guitar (Hank Levine) beginning at 2:00. Open Mic — we want to give you all a chance! $5.00 towards purchase of beer, wine, juices, teas, chai, or the vegetarian brunch buffet. Gaia’s Garden Restaurant, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Sunday, January 22, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Jonathan Moore. A Bram Stoker Award finalist, the bestselling author of The Poison Artist returns to Marin county with The Dark Room, another intricately plotted, deeply affecting thriller. At Copperfield’s, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jonathan-moore-0
Tuesday, January 24, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books and Redwood Writers Spotlight on Fiction: Patricia V. Davis. The Redwood Writers series is a great chance to meet local writers and ask them questions about their books. In Davis’ novel Cooking For Ghosts, a Vegas cocktail waitress, an Indian herbalist, a British chemistry professor, an Italian-American widow—four unique women have one thing in common—each is haunted by a tragedy from her past. Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/redwood-writers-spotlight-fiction-patricia-v-davis
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a quarterly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature Jean Ryan (Survival Skills, Ashland Creek Press) and Susanna Solomon (More Point Reyes Sherrif’s Calls, Lucky Bat Books). An open mic follows (five-minute limit). Corkscrew Wine Bar: 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings.
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Dean Karnazes reads from Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace. At Readers’ Books, 130 East Napa St., Sonoma. For more info, call (707) 939-1779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Writers Read Ukiah features poets Blake More, Devreaux Baker, and Theresa Whitehill. At Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State Street. Details: http://coloredhorse.com/poetry/pdf/Writers-Read-Ukiah-2017_0126-Baker-More-Whitehill.pdf
Friday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. Thumbprint Cellar Series with Erin Lyon. Featured Book: I Love You: Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions. Playful pairings of authors, books & bottles! This free event starts with an author talk at Copperfield’s Healdsburg and ends up two doors down at Thumbprint Cellars with a signed book and a glass of featured wine. Copperfield’s Healdsburg Store, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/thumbprint-cellars-series-erin-lyon
Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. Cafe Society at Copperfield’s Books with Shanthi Sekaran. Copperfield’s Cafe Society series features contemporary female writers in a cafe-style setting. California native Sekaran (The Prayer Room) has written a heart-wrenching second novel Lucky Boy that gives voice to two mothers: a young undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife whose love for one lucky boy will bind their fates together. Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/cafe-society-shanthi-sekaran
Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents its Winter 2017 show, Family Matters, performing work by local authors (see January 20 above for writers). Doors open 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $10, students. Mockingbird Books, 6932 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastapol.
Saturday, January 28, 3:00 p.m. Loba Reading Series: Maw Shein Win. Mendocino County Library, Ukiah Branch. More info on Mendocino County lit events: https://coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry
Sunday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents its Winter 2017 show, Family Matters, performing work by local authors (see January 20 above for writers). Doors open 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $10, students. Chroma Gallery, 312 S A Street, Santa Rosa.
Mark Your Calendars for February 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Alameda Island Poets monthly free reading, honoring Julia Park Tracey, Alameda Poet Laureate, as she prepares to pass on her position as Poet Laureate because she is moving to the Russian River. At Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda.
Monday, February 6, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets will feature a poet-and-musician duo, award-winning poet Diane Frank and cellist Erik Ievins. Open mic will follow the features, with a limit of three minutes per reader. Try to come a little earlier–the open mic list fills early. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. The café is open for food and beverages at 189 H Street in downtown Petaluma. Contact: Sande Anfang, email@example.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. Thumbprint Cellars Series: Meredith Jaeger. Featured Book: The Dressmaker’s Dowry. Playful pairings of authors, books & bottles! This free event starts with an author talk at Copperfield’s Healdsburg and ends up two doors down at thumbprint cellars with a signed book and a glass of featured wine. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/thumbprint-cellars-series-meredith-jaeger
Friday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book launch series: The Man with the Portable Love Room and Other Stray Thoughts by Andrea Granahan. Bring your Valentine to a special evening of poetry, enhanced by some surprise musical talent. Q&A, book sales, and signing to follow. Free admission; all donations gratefully accepted. Champagne and chocolate will be available. 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.
Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Writing with Passionate Presence: A Memoir Writing Workshop with Clara Rosemarda, MA. Section 6714, SRJC Campus, Emeritus Hall, 1596. Class Fee: $68.00. Please register at Santa Rosa Jr. College: 707-527-4372, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s featured novelist, Ellen Mastai. In All Our Wrong Todays, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases. Mastai’s thought-provoking story of unexpected journeys and alternate paths is saturated with insight, intelligence, and a mind-bending talent for invention. At Copperfield’s San Rafael, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/elan-mastai
Sunday, February 12, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Present Tim McCanna & Meg Fleming, “Picture Book Craft 101.” Want to write for kids? Breaking into the picture book industry takes patience, perseverance, and practice. It all starts with you, the writer, and your words! Join children’s authors Tim McCanna and Meg Fleming as they share their professional insights and discuss the nuts and bolts of writing effective and successful picture book manuscripts. Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa. The general public is invited $10. For more details go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. Marc Bojanowski, bestselling author and Santa Rosa native, presents his second book, Journeyman, a visceral, muscular, and exquisitely crafted state-of-the-nation novel about an itinerant carpenter who rediscovers the magnitude of finding home. Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/marc-bojanowski
Sunday, February 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jean Wong will be reading from her book Hurtling Jade and Other Tales of Personal Folly. At Healdsburg’s Literary Guild’s venue, Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., in Healdsburg. It’s about “her idiotic and fabulous journey up and down the slippery slopes. And it tells all! Well, not quite all, but almost.” Contact Jean Wong: email@example.com or visit her blog for further details: http://lijeanwong.blogspot.com.
Friday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. Lit Night at Copperfield’s with Min Jin Lee. Min’s latest novel Pachinko is a tour de force that follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Petaluma Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lit-night-min-jin-lee
Saturday, February 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Jean Wong will read from her book Hurtling Jade and Other Tales of Personal Folly at Redwood Writer’s Venue, Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, in Santa Rosa ($5.00 minimum to purchase something to eat at Gaia’s). Contact Jean Wong: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her blog for further details.
Saturday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s featured reader Susan Isa Efros presents Girls Gone Astray: Short and Shorter Stories. A collection of tales about women, ranging from their teens to their eighties, who venture off the traditional path to discover unexpected and potent truths about themselves, these smart, provocative, humorous, and emotionally charged stories will surprise and delight you. Sebastopol Store, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/susan-isa-efros
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books and Redwood Writers Spotlight on Fiction: Jo-Anne H. Rosen. In What They Don’t Know: Selected Fiction, Rosen probes the lies and secrets—the “fictions”—of a surprising cast of characters, from bewildered adolescents to elderly lovers. Presented with humor, dignity, and a keen, dispassionate eye, the actors in these beautiful, often sad stories carry with them complex histories of desire and pain, always longing for what they can’t (or shouldn’t) have. At Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/redwood-writers-spotlight-fiction-jo-anne-h-rosen