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August 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 sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.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

Tuesday, August 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights at Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Four Redwood Writers authors read each week from their newly published books. Memoir: Laura McHale Holland, Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed; Alicia Schooler-Hugg, Art and Soul of Jazz, a tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr., The Dynasty Unveiled At Last; Patty Somlo, Even When Trapped Behind Clouds: A Memoir of Quiet Grace; Nathaniel Robert Winters, Not Quite Kosher: A Memoir. http://redwoodwriters.org/hot-summer-nights-2017

Wednesday, August 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m. West Side Stories Petaluma, at Sonoma Portworks, 613 2nd St, Petaluma. True personal stories. You don’t have to, but if you want to tell a story, just toss your name in the hat. Ten tellers max. get chosen to tell a 5-minute true story based on the evening’s theme: A Fish Out Of Water. Details: www.davepokornypresents.com/west-side-stories

Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 13, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Redwood Writers at the Sonoma County Fair. Redwood Writers will staff its booth in the EC Kraft Building for the eleven-day run of the Fair. Author meet & greets, book signings, and other publishing professionals will be on hand to answer questions about editing, marketing, social media, indie publishing, and all aspects of getting one’s book to the market place. For more info, go to www.Redwoodwriters.org. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, EC Kraft Building. Open to the public.

Thursday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Swan Huntley’s The Goddesses. The Descendants meets Single White Female in this captivating novel about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship. Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/cafe-society-swan-huntley

Thursday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. Stephen Most reads from Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary. Readers’ Books, 130 East Napa St., Sonoma. (707) 939-1779

Friday Mornings, August 4 and 18, 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, August 5 and 12, 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

Sunday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. Paul Mahder Gallery presents Louise Nayer reading from her 4th book, Poised for Retirement — Moving from Anxiety to Zen — A unique narrative on a unique time, the story of an ordinary working woman reflecting on her life and career and the emotional planning needed before and after retirement. Introduced by Jonathan Wind (Healdsburg Flix Mix) at the Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. Free Admission/Complimentary Refreshments. Details and Reviews: louisenayer.com.

Sunday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Heather Harpham. The featured book: Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After. A story about love and happiness in their many crooked configurations, this page-turner from Marin-based memoirist Harpham follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices. Copperfield’s, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/heather-harpham

Mondays August 7, 14, 28, 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. (August 21 meeting canceled.) Snoopy’s Writers meets on Mondays at The Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (no meeting on July 17). Free WiFi. Our Meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Monday afternoon at the Warm Puppy Cafe is a way of life for the writer. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and/or lunch. Bring your computer, begin or continue writing your novel, short story, memoir, etc., work on research projects or, make a presentation…Hold Court, read aloud a few chapters, poems, etc. from your Works in Progress and, if you request, receive feedback. Email: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net or Dawn undertheredfedora@gmail.com. Web: www.snoopyswriters.com. Blog: www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com.

Monday, August 7, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features  Bay Area poets Andrena Zawinski and Phyllis Meshulam in what promises to be a powerful and moving evening of poetry. After the features we’ll continue the evening with our usual open mic. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. Please prepare up to three minutes of poetry—your own or another poet’s—to share. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma and is open throughout the evening for food and beverages. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays

Thursday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words at Studio 333 in Sausalito. Seven acclaimed authors explore the theme of Singularities: Amy Berkowitz, Jessica Barksdale, Lynn Freed, Ben Jackson, Michael Mohr, Dean Rader, Ransom Stephens. Entry fee is $10 at the door, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. See www.whytherearewords.com for details.

Thursday, August 10, 7:15 p.m. Write Series hosts Clare Morris and Vilma Ginzberg, in the Library, Friends House, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa. This month, the Second Thursday Poetry-Plus evening will feature two very dynamic poets, from dissimilar backgrounds and using different poetic voices, who nevertheless share a deep belief in the basic triumph of the best in human nature. David Madgalene’s epic poetry, accompanied by bassist Steve Shain, echoes jazz and gospel musicality. His most recent epic poem, “Call Down the Angel,” was made into a gospel-based musical this year. Sashana Proctor’s poetry, recounting human struggles and joys, emerges, like her collages, from an ecology-based spirituality. Recently, she has turned her attention to writing about getting older. Another poetry-plus evening not to be missed.

Friday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Katherine Ozment, whose book Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age is a thought-provoking exploration of secular America. Celebrated journalist Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion. Copperfield’s, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/katherine-ozment

Friday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Healdsburg store presents perennial Copperfield’s favorite Rhys Bowen, who returns with the 11th installment to her award-winning Royal Spyness series, On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service. Copperfield’s Books, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/rhys-bowen-0

Friday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books’ Cafe Society series features contemporary women writers in a cafe-style setting. Featured Book: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. When newlyweds Alice and Jake are initiated into a mysterious organization known as The Pact, some of the rules—and their methods of enforcement—prove to be terrifying. Copperfield’s Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/cafe-society-michelle-richmond

Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 13, 4:00 p.m. Tapas 2017, Pegasus Theater’s 11th Annual New Short Play Festival features seven short plays by local authors at the Mt. Jackson Masonic Hall, Third and Church Streets in downtown Guerneville. For details and tickets, see: www.pegasustheater.com

Saturday, August 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. First of four Saturday morning writing workshops with Dan Coshnear at the Sitting Room (short fiction or excerpts from longer works, memoir, personal essay). See Workshops page or www.sittingroom.org for more details.

Sunday, August 13, 2:00 p.m. Redwood Writers presents Selden Edwards talking about Dynamic Pacing: The Best-Kept Secret to Making Your Novel Impossible to Put Down. New York Times best-selling author Selden Edwards (The Little Book, The Lost Prince) will lead a spirited exploration of creative plot structure that captures the reader in the first pages and doesn’t let go until the last. He explains how clever plot construction and wording could make all the difference in selling your manuscript to a publisher, no matter the genre. If you have good pacing, you can write about watching paint dry and make it impossible to put down. For info go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. Open to the Public, $10.

Thursday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents Peg Alford Pursell: Flash Fiction: The Power of Writing Short. Flash fiction isn’t simply fast fiction. Learn how to enliven and deepen your flash fiction writing. Writers Forum founder Marlene Cullen welcomes all writers. Join us for this free event. At Copperfield’s Book, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Info: thewritespot.us

Thursday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. Jim Silverman reads from On This Day in California History. Readers’ Books, 130 East Napa St., Sonoma. (707) 939-1779

Thursday, August 17, Friday, August 18, Saturday, August 19, 8:00 p..m., Sunday, August 20, 4:00 p.m. Pegasus Theater’s Tapas 2017. See August 11, above.

Friday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Petaluma presents Brave New Worlds: Emerging and established sci-fi, speculative fiction, horror, and fantasy authors. Featured Book: The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker. Crossing the line between mythology and historical fiction, Hartsuyker’s debut is an epic historical drama based on the lives of ninth-century Vikings. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-linnea-hartsuyker

Saturday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., “Women’s Writing and Intention Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. In the busy-ness of the day-to-day world, it’s easy to drift away from the conscious intentions we make for the wholeness of our lives. It usually takes a mindful decision to slow down and pay attention to how we are growing ourselves. And it helps to have a mirror in the faces of supportive, like-hearted women to remind us of who we are. 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. Sebastopol. $67. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, August 20, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 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. 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, August 20, 2:00 p.m. Bookend your summer at Petaluma Copperfield’s with the return of the Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show. Emcee Susan Gunther brings poets from all over the Bay Area to read their own work and others’ aloud. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/marin-poetry-center-summer-traveling-show-3

Tuesday, August 22, noon to 2:30 p.m. Creative Life II: Bones & Bridges, Writing for Artists; Drawing for Writers. Writing & Drawing Workshop with J. Ruth Gendler, Berkeley writer and artist. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg. See Workshops page for details.

Thursday, August 24, Friday, August 25, Saturday, August 26, 8:00 p..m., Sunday, August 27, 4:00 p.m. Pegasus Theater’s Tapas 2017. See August 11, above.

Friday, August 25, 7:00 p.m. Book launch for Voyeur by Jodi Hottel, which is the result of an ongoing interest in ekphrastic poetry related not just to visual art but many artistic forms, including literature and film. When a work of art creates heightened emotion, Hottel responds with poems as varied in style as the works of art themselves. Free, refreshments follow reading. The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Dr., Penngrove, RSVP: hottel@sonic.net. for more info: www.sittingroom.org/events.html.

Mark Your Calendar for September 2017

Friday Mornings, September 1, 8, 15, and 29, 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

Tuesday Mornings, September 5, 12 and 19, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. NEW! Group Telephone Coaching and Support for Women Writers with Susan Hagen. If you need support to start writing and continue writing, this is the place for you. This new group will meet three Tuesday mornings per month to check in, share challenges and successes, get support, set goals, be accountable, and receive individual/group coaching from Susan. Whether you’re working on a book or writing to know yourself better, you don’t have to do it in a void. Safe, supportive, confidential. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres welcome. $97 for three sessions; includes recordings of each coaching session and a private FaceBook group for ongoing support.  www.susanhagen.com

Saturday Mornings, September 9 and 30, 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, September 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Write to explore emotion, change, and self-acceptance at the Fall Session of “Women Writing around the Medicine Wheel” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. In this series, we explore and write from the Medicine Wheel, an ancient teaching about the cycles of nature and the way they mirror human life. This session takes us into the west: the place of emotion, love, loss, longing, change, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. The day includes instruction and sharing in circle, time on the land, and writing exercises. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. At a beautiful, private, outdoor location in Guerneville. $137 in advance, plus $15 land-use fee. www.susanhagen.com

Wednesday, September 20, 7:00–9:30 p.m. First of six Wednesday evenings. DEEP INQUIRY: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First of six Thursday mornings. DEEP INQUIRY: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum Presenter Teri Sloat on The Evolution of a Story: Allowing it to go through many forms. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Free! For details see Workshops page or www.TheWriteSpot.us.

Saturday, September 23, time TBA. Book launch at Sebastapol Center for the Arts for Know Me Here, poetry anthology edited by Katherine Hastings.

Sunday, September 24, 2:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch for recently published novel The Right Story at the Right Time by Marianna deCroes. Growing up is hard work. Well-chosen stories can help children by tapping into their capacity for imagination. Free admission, all donations gratefully invited. Refreshments for sale. Selected readings, Q&A, 90-minute workshop, book sales & signing. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

Saturday September 30, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Enneagram of Personality: A Study of Character for Writers & NonWriters with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

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