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February 2023 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 Book Passages Conversations With Authors, go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com/archive/
Copperfield’s Books’ Virtual Event Library may be found on YouTube.

 

Thursday, February 2, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, February 3, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, February 3, 6:00 p.m. Blue Light at the Gallery features three poets: Trish Hopkinson, author of Almost Famous and Reconstructed Happiness; Sandra Anfang, author of Finishing School and Looking Glass Heart; and Sandy Yannone, author of Boats for Women and The Glass Studio (forthcoming). Join on Zoom. To get the link, RSVP to bluelightpress@aol.com.

Saturday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. Open mic night at River Books & Letters, 14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. Details: www.booksletters.com/events/open-mic-night

Sunday, February 5, 1:00 p.m. Book Passage presents Patricia Engel. From Patricia Engel, whose novel Infinite Country was a New York Times bestseller, comes The Faraway World, an exquisite collection of ten haunting, award-winning short stories set across the Americas and linked by themes of migration, sacrifice, and moral compromise. At the Corte Madera Store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. More details: www.bookpassage.com/event/patricia-engel-faraway-world-corte-madera-store

Monday, February 6, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. See Ongoing Groups page for more details.

Monday, February 6, 6:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets features two current Poets Laureate: our own Sonoma County Laureate, Elizabeth Herron and Belmont’s Poet Laureate, Monica Korde. The reading starts promptly at 6:15. Open mic follows the features. Open mic is full, but please come to listen.  Zoom in to listen at https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or via Aqus.com/rivertownpoets. Listen to Rivertown Poets on KPCA.FM in Petaluma and live-streaming on the web every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Each week, a pair of poets or poetry interviews is featured.

Tuesday, February 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Writing Between the Vines at the Sonoma County Wine Library in Healdsburg. The reception will feature Adam McHugh (2019 Moshin) reading from his new book Blood From a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the Dead. We will also have select readings from two of our 2023 retreat recipients—Eva Recinos and Nedjelko Spaich. Healdsburg Wine Library, 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg. Details: https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/writing-between-vines

Friday, February 10, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. Book Passage and Left Coast Writers present Susanna Solomon, reading from her new short story collection, Paris Beckons. “Evocative and personal, heart-wrenching and illuminating, Susanna Solomon’s Paris Beckons showcases 34 stories revealing what lies beneath our deepest fears and memories. Poignant and for those with pasts that refuse to remain buried.” – Cara Black, author of the Aimée LeDuc Mystery Series. At the Corte Madera Store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. More details:www.bookpassage.com/event/left-coast-writers%C2%AE-susanna-solomon-paris-beckons-corte-madera-store

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 p.m. Book Passage presents Karen Joy Fowler. Featured book: Booth. From the Man Booker finalist and bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. At the Corte Madera Store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. More details: www.bookpassage.com/event/karen-joy-fowler-booth-corte-madera-store

Sunday, February 12, 2:00-4:00 pm at Occidental Center for the Arts Literary Series: An afternoon with local award-winning author Suzanne Maggio as she shares selected readings and answers questions about her latest book, Estrellas — Moments of Illumination along El Camino De Santiago. Estrellas, her new memoir about walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is available now. Her debut memoir, The Cardinal Club, was a finalist in both the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2020 IAN Book of the Year Awards. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted. Book sales & signing to follow selected readings. Refreshments for sale. OCA:  3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental.  Its facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

Monday, February 13, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. See Ongoing Groups page for more details.

Tuesdays, February 14 and 28, 11:00 a.m., Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month on Zoom. Literary Cafe Writers Group, supportive community of like-minded writers who come together to pursue the art and craft of writing. We will help each other by offering encouragement and constructive suggestions to help us enhance our writing skills. Prompts will be provided. Poets and story writers welcome. $10 per meeting. Four meetings for $35. Sher Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Thursday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books welcomes Susan Wels and Celeste Perry to Petaluma in celebration of Susan’s new book, An Assassin in Utopia: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President’s Murder. This true crime odyssey explores a forgotten, astonishing chapter of American history, leading the reader from a free-love community in upstate New York to the shocking assassination of President James Garfield. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Masks required. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/susan-wels-celeste-perry

Friday, February 17, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. Bart Schneider will read from his new collection of poems, The Daily Feast, with paintings by Chester Arnold, and Daniel Coshnear will read selections from his story collection Separation Anxiety. At Books & Letters, 14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, Details: www.booksletters.com/events/reading-with-bart-schneider-and-daniel-coshnear

Saturday, February 18, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Redwood Writers Club 2023 Author Launch, celebrating club members who published books between January 1, 2022 and February 1, 2023. This event will be a FREE in person event, open to the public as well as members, with masks optional, and will also be recorded. At the Cypress Room, Finley Center, Santa Rosa. More information: https://redwoodwriters.org/2023-author-launch-lineup

Saturdays, February 18, and Sunday, March 19, 2:00-5:00 p.m. MovingWriting: Embodied Expressive Writing workshops with Loretta Mijares, combining movement/dance with expressive writing. At a private studio in Sebastopol. $75/Saturday, $135 for two afternoons. To register, go to www.MovingWriting.com or email: loretta@movingwriting.com.

Saturday, February 18, 4:00 p.m. Book Passage presents Sonora Jha. Featured book: The Laughter. An explosive, tense, and illuminating work of fiction, The Laughter is a fascinating portrait of privilege, radicalization, class, and modern academia that forces us to confront the assumptions we make, as both readers and as citizens. At the Corte Madera Store, 51 Tama Vista Blvd. More details: www.bookpassage.com/event/sonora-jha-laughter-corte-madera-store

Monday, February 20, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. See Ongoing Groups page for more details.

Thursday, February 23, 2023 7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading at River Books & Letters, 14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville (next to the Coffee Bazaar). 4x4x4: 4 Poets Perform 4 Posterity & 4 The Present. Featured readers: Sonoma County Poet Laureate Elizabeth Herron, Jonah Raskin, Gail King, and Pat Nolan. Contact: 707-604-7197

Friday, February 24, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, February 25, 4:00 p.m.. Book Passages presents H.H. Leonards, online. Featured book: Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership, a collection of inspiring and instructive memories compiled from the decade that Mrs. Parks was a guest in author H.H. Leonard’s Washington, DC home. During those years, Mrs. Leonards was able to know the heart, mind, and spirit of the woman who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus on December 1, 1955. Details and registration: www.bookpassage.com/event/hh-leonards-beyond-bus-online-event

Monday, February 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. See Ongoing Groups page for more details.

Tuesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m., Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month on Zoom. Literary Cafe Writers Group, supportive community of like-minded writers who come together to pursue the art and craft of writing. We will help each other by offering encouragement and constructive suggestions to help us enhance our writing skills. Prompts will be provided. Poets and story writers welcome. $10 per meeting. Four meetings for $35. Sher Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books welcomes John Sayles, in person at the Montgomery Village store. Featured book is Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade’s Journey (hard cover). Spanning 13 years, two continents, several wars, and many smoke-filled and bloody battlefields, John Sayles’s thrilling historical and cinematic epic invites comparison with Diana Gabaldon, George R. R. Martin, Phillippa Gregory, and Charles Dickens. Copperfield’s Books Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/john-sayles

Mark Your Calendar for March 2023

Thursday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, March 3, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, March 4, 12:00-3:00 p.m. Book Passages presents John J. Geoghegan on How to Get Your Book Published. Live on Zoom. This class is designed to help writers improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or nonfiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent or publisher. The 3-hour course will cover topics including how to identify the right agent, editor or publisher, and what they look for in submissions; how to write a query letter; what a standard industry book contract looks like, and more. Details and registration:www.bookpassage.com/event/online-class-john-j-geoghegan-how-get-your-book-published

Saturday, March 4, 4:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Tzivia Gover in conversation with Brooke Warner, in person at the Corte Madera store. Featured book is Dreaming Big: A Conversation about the Private and Public Sides of Writing. Brooke Warner (She Writes Press) and Tzivia Gover (author of Dreaming on the Page) will explore questions of solitude, audience, and when and if to make our personal narratives public. Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Details: www.bookpassage.com/event/tzivia-gover-brooke-warner-dreaming-big-conversation-about-private-and-public-sides-writing

Monday, March 6, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. See Ongoing Groups page for more details.

Wednesday, March 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Marlene Cullen leads a workshop in Telling Our Stories. Hosted by Providence Hospice Sonoma County, via Zoom. Click for Hospice Zoom link

Thursdays, March 9 and 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Writing as a Path to Healing, Zoom session facilitated by Marlene Cullen. Hosted by Recovery Writing of Idaho. Click for Event Brite sign up.

Friday, March 10, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. Copperfield’s Books welcomes Stewart Florsheim and Diane Frank to Santa Rosa for a conversation about Stewart’s latest book, Amusing the Angels, winner of the 2022 Blue Light Book Award. In this richly diverse mélange of human lives, many actual and many imagined, Stewart Florsheim embraces the light and the dark much as his beloved Rembrandt employed chiaroscuro to reveal the complexity of a single individual, and thus, all individuals. Copperfield’s Books Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/stewart-florsheim-diane-frank

Sunday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Eleanor Catton in conversation with Justin Torres, An Online Event. Featured book: Birnam Wood. A gripping psychological thriller from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its drama, Austenian in its wit, and, like both influences, fascinated by what makes us who we are. A brilliantly constructed study of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is a mesmerizing, unflinching consideration of the human impulse to ensure our own survival. Details and event link: www.bookpassage.com/event/eleanor-catton-justin-torres-birnam-wood-online-event

Monday, March 13, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. See Ongoing Groups page for more details.

Tuesdays, March 14 and 28, 11:00 a.m., Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month on Zoom. Literary Cafe Writers Group, supportive community of like-minded writers who come together to pursue the art and craft of writing. We will help each other by offering encouragement and constructive suggestions to help us enhance our writing skills. Prompts will be provided. Poets and story writers welcome. $10 per meeting. Four meetings for $35. Sher Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Thursday, March 16, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, March 17, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Monday, March 20, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. See Ongoing Groups page for more details.

Friday, March 24, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday, March 26, 1:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Cathleen Schine, in person at the Corte Madera store. Featured book: Künstlers in Paradise. Cathleen Schine, the bestselling author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, once dubbed “the modern-day Jewish Jane Austen,” is back with a comedy of generational manners about exile and the power of stories—both the ones we hand down and the ones held secretly in the heart—that slips between 1939 and 2020 L.A. as Mamie Künstler and her twentysomething grandson entertain and care for each other under lockdown. Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Details: www.bookpassage.com/event/cathleen-schine-künstlers-paradise-corte-madera-store 

Sunday, March 26, 4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Literary Series: Local author Ed Davis’ latest novel, The Last Professional. Davis’ pulls the curtain aside and bids you enter the world of trains, hobos and carnies during the 1970’s when they were fighting for survival. An old hobo, a young wanderer, a madman–-three unforgettable characters hurtle toward a heart-wrenching climax where their way of life, and their lives, hang in the balance. Free admission, all donations gratefully invited. Refreshments for sale. Selected readings, Q&A, book sales & signing. 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.

Monday, March 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Snoopy’s Writers Virtual Meetings. Our purpose is to encourage “Work in Progress Discussions” in a “library-like” atmosphere. We write, and like to talk about “it”! The Google “Meet” room is not open to the general public. Please contact Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net, for details, the schedule, and the Link to access the room. For more details, see Ongoing Groups.

Tuesday, March 28, 11:00 a.m., Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month on Zoom. Literary Cafe Writers Group, supportive community of like-minded writers who come together to pursue the art and craft of writing. We will help each other by offering encouragement and constructive suggestions to help us enhance our writing skills. Prompts will be provided. Poets and story writers welcome. $10 per meeting. Four meetings for $35. Sher Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, March 31, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

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