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November 2019 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
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

 

November 1-30. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Sign up at https://www.nanowrimo.org. It’s free!

Friday, November 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Story Time Open Mic at Hardcore Coffee in Sebastopol. Bring a 5 minute story to share. $5, 81 Bloomfield Rd, on the corner of 116 and Bloomfield in Sebastopol. Scent free event. Listeners welcome. We give each other encouraging, helpful feedback, if desired. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Dress warmly if the weather is cool. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, November 3, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press’s 20th Anniversary Party at the Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley. RSVP Terry Ehret at sixteenrivers.bpt.me.

Sunday, November 3, 3:00 p.m. Literary /Life Celebration” Remembering Chester Aaron, at Occidental Center for the Arts. Please join us to celebrate the amazing life of Occidental author, teacher and garlic aficionado Chester Aaron, in his own words. There will be selected readings and appearances by local authors Andrea Granahan, Marylu Downing, Raynetta James, Robert Kourik, Steve Fowler, and others. Five of Chester’s most recent books will be available. There will be ample amounts of Chester’s tasty garlic dip, made according to his recipe, and other refreshments to enjoy. He famously cultivated over 60 different varies of the stinking rose, from 20 different countries. This is a free event. Accessible to people with disabilities. Art Gallery open for viewing. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental,

Mondays, November 4, 18 (no meetings Nov. 11, 25), , 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly (except holidays) at the Warm Puppy Café. Write in Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. We have a flexible time schedule. Come for one, or all three hours anytime between 11 am to 2 pm… whatever your schedule permits. Bring your computer, write, do your online research, read your “Work in Progress” to the group, or chat about it. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or have lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (near Coddingtown). Info: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net, www.snoopyswriters.comwww.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Monday, November 4, 6:00-8:30 p.m. NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” at the Santa Rosa library. Event details: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/5638981

Monday, November 4, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Reading at Aqus Cafe (189 H Street in Petaluma) This reading will feature two popular Bay Area poets: Raphael Block from Sebastopol and Diane Moomey, who hails from Half Moon Bay.  Open mic follows the features. Reading time is three minutes per poet. As a courtesy to others who wish to share, please time your selections beforehand.

Mondays, November 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30 p.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshops at Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. A workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts. $15 per workshop. For more information: www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php

Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 10:00 a.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshops at Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. A workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts. $15 per workshop. For more information: www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets November reading celebrates Native American Heritage Month. Features are Alison Hart, Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest, and Nanette Bradley Deetz. At Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street. Hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate, Cathy Dana. Light refreshments followed by open mic. We pass the hat.

Saturday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books & Literacy Works present Jose Antonio Vargas. Featured Book: Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist José Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfield’s-books-literacy-works-present-jose-antonio-vargas

Sunday, November 10, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Rising from the Ashes Two Years Later: The Heart of Poetry — A Commemoration. Free poetry reading and gathering featuring poets Poets Laureate Emeriti Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Gwynn O’Gara, Bill Vartnaw, and many other poets from across the county. Maya Khosla will host. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Refreshments will be served. More info at: https://sebarts.org/sca-events-2/

Sunday, November 10, 2:00–4:30 p.m. Booby Traps and Blessings of a Writer’s Life — A Simple Roadmap to Avoid the Quicksand and Stay the Course, with Frances Rivetti. Given that the path from start to finish on any book project, fiction or non-fiction is typically littered with booby traps and quicksand, a basic roadmap of what to expect along the way and how to keep going is an essential tool for any writer, whether seasoned or starting out. Redwood Writers Club monthly meeting in the Empire Room at Flamingo Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.  Cost: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Details: https://redwoodwriters.org/meetings

Sunday. November 10, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Penngrove Market Reading Series at 10070 Main Street, Penngrove. Featured readers: Anita Jackson, Virginia Duan, and Marilyn Skinner Lanier. Open mic to follow. Anyone can sign up for the open mic upon arrival, and as many people will read as time allows. Please limit your reading to five minutes. All genres welcome. Upcoming dates and featured readers: www.penngrovereadingseries.com or visit Facebook page at Penngrove Reading Series.

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. Speakeasy Monthly Poets and Singer/Songwriters. Poetry and Prose Open Mic. Free. At the Santa Rosa Arts Center, 312 South A Street in Santa Rosa. More info: https://santarosaartscenter.org/index.php/speakeasy/

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Presents: Glimmerings. Glimpse into what glimmers under the surface with an illuminating night of readings from six authors on the theme of “Glimmerings.” Nancy Au, Guy Biederman, Mimi Lok, Cynthia Newberry Martin, Tomas Moniz, and Marcia Pelletiere. At Studio 333 located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, Doors open at 7; readings begin at 7:15 p.m. $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar. For more information see: www.whytherearewords.com/why-there-words-presents-glimmerings

Thursday, November 14, 8:00 p.m. An Evening With David Sedaris at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). For tickets & more information, please visit: https://lutherburbankcenter.org/event/lbc-presents-david-sedaris/

Friday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book Launch Series. Ashes in A Coconut, gripping debut novel by Sonoma author, Bo Kearns. Presentation with selected readings, slide show of Bali, Q&A, book sales/signing. Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Indonesian treats by donation, beer/wine for sale. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Monday, November 18, 6:00-8:30 p.m. NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” at the Santa Rosa library. Event details: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/5638981

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Mickey Huff. Featured Book: United States of Distraction. It’s no secret that the goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in an information system structured to reinforce their social biases and market to their buying preferences. Journalism’s essential role has been drastically compromised, and Donald Trump’s repeated claims of “fake news” and framing of the media as “an enemy of the people” have made a bad scenario worse. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/mickey-huff-0

Friday, November 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Opening of 2019 Discovered Exhibition at Museum of Sonoma County (425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa), recognizing five emerging literary and five visual artists. Free admission. Information: http://museumsc.org/discovered/

Sunday, November 24, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday Meditation Gathering, by donation. Fmail or call Clara Rosemarda for address: 707-567-7117, rosen@sonic.net. Details on Workshops page.

Monday, November 25, 6:00-8:30 p.m. NaNoWriMo “Come Write-In” at the Santa Rosa library. Event details: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/5638981

 

Mark Your Calendar for December 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2:00-4:00 p.m.. Closing Reception and Artists’ Talk & Reading for Falling Upward at Sometimes Books Gallery for Artist Books & Book Related Art. Includes new work by artist/poet Renée Owen, along with many others. Exhibit runs Sept 29-Dec 1. In Pt. Reyes Station at 11101 Highway One, Suite 105 (in the cul-de-sac, a few doors down from Gallery Route One, near the surf shop). Gallery hours: Sat./Sun. 12:00-4:00 pm, or by appointment anytime by contacting Mary Eubank at maryeubank10@gmail.com

Mondays, December 2, 9, 16 (no meetings Dec. 23, 30), 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly (except holidays) at the Warm Puppy Café. Write in Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. We have a flexible time schedule. Come for one, or all three hours anytime between 11 am to 2 pm… whatever your schedule permits. Bring your computer, write, do your online research, read your “Work in Progress” to the group, or chat about it. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or have lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (near Coddingtown). Info: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net, www.snoopyswriters.comwww.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com.

Monday, December 2, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Final Reading of 2019 at Aqus Cafe (189 H Street in Petaluma) We’ll close out the year with two dazzling Bay Area poets: Joe Cottonwood, who will be traveling all the way from La Honda, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Prartho Sereno, Poet Laureate Emerita of Marin County.  Open mic follows the features. Reading time is three minutes per poet. As a courtesy to others who wish to share, please time your selections beforehand.

4 Friday Mornings beginning December 6, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Alchemy of Memory: Creative Writing As Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Fee $160. Email or call for address: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net. Details on Workshops page.

Sunday, December 8, 2:00–4:30 p.m. Writing About Family: The Craft of Memoir, Dorothy Rice. Redwood Writers Club monthly meeting in the Empire Room at the Flamingo Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Details: https://redwoodwriters.org/meetings

Sunday. December 8, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Penngrove Market Reading Series at 10070 Main Street, Penngrove. Featured readers: Katie Morell and Brandi Riley. Open mic to follow. Anyone can sign up for the open mic upon arrival, and as many people will read as time allows. Please limit your reading to five minutes. All genres welcome. Upcoming dates and featured readers: www.penngrovereadingseries.com or visit Facebook page at Penngrove Reading Series.

Thursday, December 12, ,6:30 p.m. Speakeasy Monthly Poets and Singer/Songwriters. Featured readers, live from Southern California! Poets Rosie Angelica Alonso and Jessica Wilson Cardenas and poet/musician Juan Cardenas. Followed by open poetry and prose mic. More info: https://santarosaartscenter.org/index.php/speakeasy/

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