February 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
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.
Friday Mornings, February 3 and 24, 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, February 3, 7:00 p.m. Stepping Stones Books and Gifts presents, “The Lighthearted Side of Life.” Enjoy an evening of original stories and poems by local writers Luanne Wolff, Susan Hagen, and Barbara Stafford. Luanne’s tales are rich with humor and heart as she shares stories of growing up on a large ranch in Wyoming. Susan carries her pen like a flashlight to illuminate and explore the human experience. Barbara combines a sprinkling of humor with a deeper search for wisdom in her poetry. FREE. No tickets or reservations required. Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa.
Saturday Mornings, February 4 and 25, 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
Mondays, February 6, 14, 27, 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. We will not meet on February 20. Our regular meeting space will not be available. EMAIL: Georgette email@example.com or Dawn firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.snoopyswriters.com. Blog: www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com
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, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sensory Literary Open Mic, Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses. Bring something about love if you like. Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol The 2nd Saturday of each month. Round robin open mic. Donation: $5 to $10. Scent free event. Listeners welcome. Hosted by Sher Christian.
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, 1:00 p.m. Raphael Block and guitarist David Field will present work from Raphael’s new book, Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems, at Book Passage, Corte Madera. All warmly welcome. www.raphaelblock.com
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.
Monday, February 13, 6:30–9:30 p.m. Poetry Out Loud county-wide high school poetry recitation contest. The schools involved this year are: Analy, Casa Grande, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Healdsburg, Maria Carrillo, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy and Tech High. FREE, Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Contact Phyllis Meshulam: 707-829-0787
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
Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. Marin Poetry Center features Sixteen Rivers poets Gerald Fleming, One, and Lynne Knight, Again. Falkirk Cultural 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).
Saturday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. Word Temple Poetry Series featuring John Shoptaw, Devorah Major and Bill Vartnaw. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. For more information, Please visit www.wordtemple.com.
Sunday, February 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic, at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Bring something about love if you like. 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or visit her blog for further details.
Saturday, February 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Sonoma County North Bay Meeting Series announces a workshop: FREE LANCE WRITING IN A TIGHT CHILDREN’S MARKET by author Sarah Hines Stephens. This meeting will be held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 282 S. High Street (left side door), Sebastopol, and is open to the public. Donation $10 for members, $20 for non-members with pre-registration on-line. $15 for members, $25 for non-members at the door. Pre-Register recommended. Contact cpdwire(at)sonic.net.
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
Sunday, February 26, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 100 Thousand Poets for Change Celebrates Sonoma County’s Diversity. As the Trump administration seeks to turn us against each other, we will celebrate the diversity of communities in Sonoma County and stand in support of each other! Gaia’s Garden Restaurant, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $5.00 toward purchase of food or drink. Support the venue that supports us.
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
Mark Your Calendars for March 2017
Thursday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. Hometown book launch for Joan Frank’s novel All the News I Need at Copperfield’s Bookstore, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. All the News I Need (Winner of the 2016 Juniper Award) is bittersweet, cranky, tender, and funny. It ponders the big-gun subjects: love and sex and friendship, art, travel, and mortality.
Friday Mornings, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 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
Saturday Mornings, March 4 and 11, 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
Monday, March 6, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets meets at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. Featuring poets Nina Lindsay and Rosa Lane, followed by open mic. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. for open mic. You are welcome to share a poem or two. Please keep your presentation time to three minutes or less. Contact: Sande Anfang, firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
Wednesday, March 8, 7:00-9:30 p.m., first of six evening sessions. Compose Yourself: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). In Santa Rosa. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or email@example.com; www.ClaraRosemarda.com. See Workshops page for details.
Thursday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., first of six morning sessions. Compose Yourself: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda.Fee $240 for 6 sessions ($225 if paid in advance). In Santa Rosa. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ClaraRosemarda.com. See Workshops page for details.
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with Matthew Specktor. Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Paris Review, GQ, Tin House, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. A former film executive at 20th Century Fox (Fight Club) and Jersey Films (Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich), he is presently adapting American Dream Machine into a cable series for FX network. Followed at 8:30 by a literary salon featuring conversation with the author, wine, and cheese. $10 Suggested Donation. At the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. Hosted by Janet Vail and Lisa Michaels. For more information, go to www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com or email email@example.com.
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words celebrates the first book launch of founder Peg Alford Pursell (Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow). In true WTAW fashion, she will read alongside six other acclaimed authors. Champagne and cake will be served. Doors open at 7:00; readings begin at 7:15. Pursell has personally rented the gallery for the evening so there will no admission fee. Donations to WTAW, a 501(c)3 nonprofit are always welcome! Featured writers, in addition to Peg Pursell, are Harriet Scott Chessman, Molly Giles, Glen David Gold, Stefan Kiesbye, Ethel Rohan and Sarah Stone. Details at: www.whytherearewords.com
Saturday, March 11, 1–4:30 p.m. “Women’s Writing and Intention Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is a great place to check in with yourself, connect with others, and continue the process of illuminating, exploring, and deepening your intentions for this lifetime. The more you come back, the more you’ll recognize the power of your intentions as you write, share, and celebrate your life. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Occidental. $57, www.susanhagen.com.
Saturday, March 11, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Jonah Raskin and Gary Brandt. Book Launches for Raskin’s No Walls Now and Brandt’s The Vault Apocalyptia. MC: David Madgalene. FREE and open to the public. Soco Coffee, 1015 4th Street, Santa Rosa. 328-3325.
Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon. Second Sunday: “Poets Wanted.” Poetry critique group facilitated by Leena Prasad meets at Copperfield’s’ Books in Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. The cost to join the group is $2/YEAR and all monthly meetings are included in that cost. For info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, March 12, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Present Ellen Sussman “Fact to Fantasy; Using Autobiographical Material in Fiction.” We all have so much rich experience to draw from in our own lives. But how best to turn that into the stuff of action? New York Times bestselling author Ellen Sussman will share her insights and experience in borrowing material from her own life to add emotional depth and passion to her novels. Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa. The general public is invited $10. For more details go to www.redwoodwriters.org
Monday, March 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dine With Local Authors at Gaia’s Cafe, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Come and dine with five local authors and hear them read from their books. Q &A from the audience! Call 544-2491 or email@example.com for reservations.
Tuesday, March 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Poetry Reading and Art Talk by Sherrie Lovler. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High Street, Sebastopol. Sherrie will read poems from her concurrent solo painting exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Caught in Time: Calligraphic Abstractions, and from her book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy. Many of Sherrie’s paintings are inspired by her poetry and she will talk about that process and show slides of her artwork. Piano accompaniment by Jerry Green. Suggested donation $10. http://artandpoetry.com/pages/shows.html
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. San Francisco launch for Joan Frank’s novel All the News I Need. In conversation with author/curator Peg Alford Pursell, Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco. Details: www.booksmith.com/event/joan-frank-all-news-i-need-peg-alford-pursell
Thursday, March 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Writers Forum: Learn about Northern California Writing Conferences, at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. What you need to know to decide if a writing conference is in your future and information to decide which one to attend. Conference representatives will discuss topics, dates, and prices and you can visit their display tables. Attend this Writers Forum to learn about: Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Redwood Branch of The California Writers Club Conference, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for San Francisco North and East Bay Region Oktoberfest Fall Conference, Sonoma County Writers Camp. Free event, open to the public. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us
Thursday, March 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Idea Lounge: featuring Ransom Stephens, author of The Left Brain Speaks the Right Brain Laughs, and singer, song writer Shadi Shamsavari. Lagunitas Lounge, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. The Idea Lounge is an exciting series of talks with a twist! Two speakers: one from the arts, one not. The audience uncovers what they have in common, revealing the connections between art and life. The Idea Lounge is part of PAC Out of the Box, featuring collaborative activities that take place literally and figuratively outside the walls of the Arts Center and outside the typical art exhibition. $15 for Petaluma Arts Center members and $18 for nonmembers: https://petalumaartscenter.org/events/?eid=10395
Sunday, March 19, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Write of Spring: A One-Day Writing & Meditation Workshop. In Santa Rosa. Fee: $135 to $95, some scholarships available. Contact Clara Rosemarda at 707-579-2081 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ClaraRosemarda.com. See Workshops page for details.
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Marin launch for Joan Frank’s novel All the News I Need, Book Passage, Corte Madera.