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May 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

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Story Time Open Mic at Hardcore Coffee in Sebastopol. Bring a 5 minute story to tell. $5, 81 Bloomfield Rd, on the corner of 116 and Bloomfield in Sebastopol. Scent free event. Dress warmly if it’s cool. We meet inside if it rains. Listeners welcome. We give each other encouraging, helpful feedback, if desired. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian,  http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com. Happy May Day! Wear a flower in your hair or on your lapel. 🙂

Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m, Alameda Island Poets features students and faculty poets from Alameda Community Learning Center and St. Joseph Notre Dame, Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda. Hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Light refreshments, open mic follow features. We pass the hat.

Thursday, May 2, 6:00 p.m. Performance of Patti Trimble’s The Penelope Poems: an old-new story told in spoken word and music. Presented by Humanities West at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco. The text draws on the beautiful ancient epic, weaving themes of old history —heroes, women on islands, how literature creates us, death, and fidelity—into our impossible here and now. A two-person chorus adds comments by BCE and 21st- century thinkers. Musician Peter Whitehead plays compositions on home-built flutes, zither, and song. Julia Whitehead sings beautifully about Penelope’s bad dream, the Sirens, and love. Maya Khosla, Sonoma County Poet Laureate, adds her voice to the chorus! Details at: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2019-05-02/penelope-poems

Friday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Jackie Speier. Featured book: Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, Undaunted reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Deeply rooted in Jackie’s experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman, and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience. Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jackie-speier

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5. Sonoma Valley Authors Festival 2019 Weekend at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. Authors from around the world will discuss their books, their lives, and a variety of topics and include fiction and non-fiction, biographies, history, politics, adventure, medicine, and science. For more information and line-up of authors and speakers: https://svauthorsfest.org

Saturday, May 4, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Poetry Readings by Monday Poets (18 Redwood Writers Club poets).  Words, Words, and more beautiful Words – amongst spring growth, flowers to welcome the season. Poetry to awaken your spirit and challenge your thoughts. At Harmony Farms, 3244 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol.

Saturday, May 4, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Sonoma Valley Authors Festival Free Event, Authors on the Plaza, featuring Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, and Jon Meacham, noted Presidential Biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author. Location: Sonoma Plaza, West Spain & 1st Street West, Sonoma. Details at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authors-on-the-sonoma-plaza-tickets-55885857103

Mondays, May 6, 13, 20 (May 27, no meeting), 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. Read your “Work in Progress” 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). Routes 6 and 10 Buses stop in front of the Ice Arena. Parking is free. This schedule is subject to change and if we are not in the Party Room, please look for us in the Café. Info: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net, www.snoopyswriters.comwww.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Monday, May 6, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets will feature two fine poets who have read together before, Linda Noel, who lives in Mendocino County, and Lee Rossi, who hails from the San Francisco peninsula. After the featured readers, we’ll hold our unusual and surprising open mic. Open mic signups begin at 5:45 and are three minutes each. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays.

Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30 p.m. The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop 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

Thursday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents Strange. Aren’t the strangest experiences often the most relatable—the most memorable? Join Why There Are Words at Studio 333 in Sausalito for an extraordinary night of uncanny readings as six spectacular authors read on the theme of “Strange:” Kate Hope Day, Michael DuBon, Melissa Duclos, Devi Laskar, Cheryl Ossola, and Amos White. For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see www.whytherearewords.com/why-there-are-words-presents-strange-may-9-2019 or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7:00; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

Six Friday mornings, beginning May 10, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Alchemy of Memory: Creative Writing As Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda in Santa Rosa. For information or registering: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Friday, May 10. Evening event with Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla. Poetry for a Changing Landscape, Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Please email creekshade@gmail.com for details.

Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Roger McNamee. Featured book: Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, the New York Times’ bestseller about a noted tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook investor, who wakes up to the serious damage Facebook is doing to our society and sets out to try to stop it. Zucked is both an enthralling personal narrative and a masterful explication of the forces that have conspired to place us all on the horns of this dilemma. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More info at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/literacyworks-presentsroger-mcnamee

Saturday, May 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Favorite Poem Community Reading. Free event at Sebastapol Center for the Arts. Modeled on the readings initiated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this event will bring together a wide range of people and poems into one memorable event. This is our 16th annual event. We invite you to come to hear the poems community members have selected and enjoy what is sure to be a wonderful celebration of the community’s love of language. Refreshments will be served. 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, Contact Jody Hottel for information: hottel@sonic.net

Sunday, May 12, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Join Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla for an afternoon walk through Glen Oaks Ranch, with regular pauses for writing.

Sunday, May 12, 8:00 p.m. An Evening with Neil Gaiman. One of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. Gaiman will tell and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle, and generally delight.” At Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. For tickets and information go to: https://lutherburbankcenter.org/event/neil-gaiman/

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents Georgia James and Deborah Parrish, co-authors of Home Sweet Sonoma, who will show how sensory detail make stories come to life and help readers have dimensional experiences that engage the senses. Colleen Bingham, owner of Poppy Botanicals, will join us with her handmade organic products that will captivate your senses. Free. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma.

Friday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Earik Beann. Featured Book: Pointe Patrol. During the October 2017 Tubbs Fire, the fire department was completely overwhelmed and had to let many houses burn rather than waste resources in trying to protect them. During this chaos, a vigilante fire force snuck back into he mandatory evacuation zone. The “Pointe Patrol” saved their neighborhood, as well as an apartment complex across the street from certain destruction. This is the story of what happened at Viewpointe Circle during those two weeks in October. Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More info at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/earik-beann

Saturday, May 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Current Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla and Poet Laureate Emerita Gwynn O’Gara present their work in the studio of painter Corrine Haverinen, whose Asian-influenced work celebrates the calming spirit of trees.The event will include Mary Vaughan’s Bird Cut-Outs, and refreshments. In Santa Rosa’s SOFA district, Backstreet Studios, Studio E, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa.

Sunday, May 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic: Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers creates warm camaraderie. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the spring weather on the patio. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else. Listeners welcome. $5. Scent free event. Plan to arrive by 12:20 to get settled. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Sunday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Lara Prior-Palmer. Featured Book: Rough Magic. At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to “the world’s longest, toughest horse race”—an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. Told with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, Rough Magic captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lara-prior-palmer

Sunday, May 19, 2:00–4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers presents Amanda McTigue: Character Through Action / Character As Action: What Actors and Directors Can Teach Writers. $5, members; $10, nonmembers. Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. Details at: http://redwoodwriters.org

Sunday, May 19, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book Launch Series: Hallie Iglehart Austen’s The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth, and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine. Readings, slide show, music, and guest, Joan Marler, archaeomythologist. Q&A, book sales & signing. Free event, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments, wine, beer. OCA is at 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

Sunday May 19, 6:30 p.m. SF in SF (Science Fiction in San Francisco) and the American Bookbinders Museum present Ransom Stephens and Guy Gavriel Kay. Bestselling Petaluma novelist Ransom Stephens will be reading from his new book Too Rich to Die, to be published two days prior to this event. Guy Gavriel Kay is a New York Times bestselling, Canadian author of high-brow historical fantasy. Doors and bar open at 6:00 p.m. Event begins 6:30 p.m. $10 at the door, $8 for students with valid ID card. Each author will read a selection from his work, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience. Books will be for sale at the event, which will be podcast by SomaFM, listener-supported, commercial-free, radio. All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum. More info at: http://www.sfinsf.org

Sunday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. North Bay Letterpress Arts once again brings cutting edge poetry to the North Bay! Reading their Poetry: Edmund Berrigan, author of More Gone (City Lights, 2019), Garrett Caples, editor of the Spotlight Poetry series at City Lights Books, and John Coletti, author of Deep Code (City Lights, 2014). North Bay Letterpress Arts, 925-D Gravenstein Hwy So., Sebastopol (next to Handline & behind Bee Kind). This is a FREE event although donations are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, May 21. Word Party San Francisco. Patti Trimble speaking new poems about the news, with the house jazz band. Check for time and locale at: https://thewordparty.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, May 22, 5:00 p.m. New writing group forming in Sebastopol. Interested participants are encouraged to come to our first meeting at Community Market, 6762 Sebastopol Ave. All ages, genders and genre interests welcome. For more information, call or text Ma’ayan Simon at 707-479-0408 or email ms.msimon@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 25, 3:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Jordan Rosenfeld. Featured Book: How to Write a Page-Turner: Master the Art of Tension. Tension in novels is the heart of conflict, it keeps readers guessing, and characters on their toes. Join Jordan Rosenfeld, author of nine books, for a fun workshop on mastering page-turning tension: From the inner conflicts of a character’s deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, creating tension is critical to crafting a story your readers can’t put down. You don’t have to have a manuscript in progress to enjoy this workshop. Workshop + book = $21. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jordan-rosenfeld

Sunday, May 26, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday Meditation Gathering, by donation. Join other meditators and writers for our fourth Sunday group meditation in Santa Rosa. Find that still place within, that place fueled by your life force. Clara Rosemarda will lead the meditation and follow with a discussion period. Feel free to come with questions. Writers, come, quiet the mind. Allow your deeper voice to emerge. Open to beginning and seasoned meditators. Bring your friends! Email or call me for address. I look forward to sitting with you. Contact Clara Rosemarda, (707) 567-7117, rosen@sonic.net

 

Mark Your Calendar for June 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m. Ed Coletti will be reading from his poetry collection Apollo Blue’s Harp And The Gods Of Song  at Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St. in San Francisco’s Glen Park. North Bay poet David Beckman will also read several poems. The great Steve Shain will accompany the readings on uprighteous bass.

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m. Marlene Cullen hosts readings from The Write Spot: Memories, a collection of writing from fathers and their children. These diverse stories embrace a common thread of love, disappointment, discoveries, and revelations. Contributing writers: Adair Lara, Gene Daly, Susan Bono, Morrie Zahl, Linda Saldaña, Nick Saldaña, Kelly Shaw, Frank Shaw, Jo-Anne Rosen, Morris Rosen, Daniel Coshnear, Lawrence Coshnear, Abe Flinders, Rick Flinders, James Riley, Don Riley, Cara Wasden, Diane Dahlin, Kathy Guthormsen, and Marlene Cullen. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/marlene-cullen-hosts-readings-memories-0

Sunday, June 2, 2:00-5:00 p.m. The Annual Sitting Room Birthday Party features three local writers and long time friends of the Sitting Room: Rosemary Manchester, Eloise Van Tassell and Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla. Plus conversation, creativity and cake. More details at: www.sittingroom.org/events.html

Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 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. Read your “Work in Progress” 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). Routes 6 and 10 Buses stop in front of the Ice Arena. Parking is free. This schedule is subject to change and if we are not in the Party Room, please look for us in the Café. Info: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net, www.snoopyswriters.comwww.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Monday, June 3, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets Sixth Anniversary Reading at Aqus Cafe (189 H Street in Petaluma) features the husband/wife duo of Chappell and Dave Holt. They’ll be breaking with our purely poetic tradition to offer a program of highly original music and spoken word. We’ll also be celebrating our sixth anniversary as a series, and you know what that means—cake! Please join us for this very special evening. Open mic follows the features. Come early for good seats and an open mic slot.

Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 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 June 4, 11, 18, 25, 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, June 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Story Time Open Mic at Hardcore Coffee in Sebastopol. Bring a 5-minute story to tell. $5, 81 Bloomfield Rd, on the corner of 116 and Bloomfield in Sebastopol. Scent free event. Dress warmly if it’s cool. Listeners welcome. We give each other encouraging, helpful feedback, if desired. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. (“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman) Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Wednesday, June 5, 6:00–6:45 p.m. Redwood Writers Webinar with Jim Horan: When Does the Business of Being a Professional Author Get Easy? Join Jim Horan, author of the number one best-seller The One Page Business Plan, as he addresses the challenges of being a professional author. Cost is $20 for members of the California Writers Clubs, including Redwood Writers, and $25 for the general public. Pre-registration is required at redwoodwriters.org/webinar.

Saturday, June 8, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Books & Brews. The Sonoma County Public Library Foundation invites you to a fundraiser for our library system. Get a chance to experience the Santa Rosa Central Library at night with a beer in hand. Santa Rosa Central Library 211 E St, Santa Rosa. $75 ticket price includes entry to the event along with beer and appetizers. Details and tickets at: https://booksandbrewssantarosa.brownpapertickets.com

Sunday, June 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book Launch Series. Writing For Our Lives, An Anthology of Prose & Poetry by the Women’s Writing Group at the Forestville Wellness Center, embodying the concept of Narrative Medicine. Selected readings, Q&A, book purchase by suggested donation, and signing. Free admission, all donations to OCA gratefully accepted. Refreshments available by donation; wine/beer for sale. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents Origins and Destinations. There’s no better place to begin and end your Thursday evening than with Why There Are Words at Studio 333 in Sausalito. Join us for an unforgettable night of readings as six spectacular authors read on the theme of “Origins and Destinations:” Mohamed Asem, Mildred Barya, Patrick Martin, Grace Loh Prasad, Sharon H. Smith, and Marci Vogel. For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see www.whytherearewords.com/why-there-are-words-presents-origins-and-destinations-june-13-2019 or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7:00; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Redwood Writers Academy Presents: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose with Constance Hale. Drawing from her best-selling book, Sin and Syntax, Constance Hale delivers a no-holds-barred seminar on creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful. Called “probably the hippest grammar guide ever written,” Hale’s book is now celebrating 20 years in print. Find out the secrets to crafting stylish prose and making sentences sing. Flamingo Hotel, 2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa. Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members. Details and registration: http://redwoodwriters.org/redwood-writers-academy-2019/

Saturday, June 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Inaugural Central Open Mic at Santa Rosa Central Library Forum Room. Music, poetry, comedy, spoken word, and more. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. All ages welcome. Slots are 5-10 minutes long and space is limited, so please register in advance. An electric piano is available for performers. Sign up for the June open mic here: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/5317238

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presenter Jacqueline Yau will talk about how to fully live a writing life while keeping your day job. Free. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma. www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php

Friday, June 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Spoken Word & Live Music by Jonah Raskin, Waights Taylor, A. J. Petersen, David Madgalene and Steve Shain. Free. Crooks Coffee, 404 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Friday June 28 and Saturday 29, 8:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents Borderlines. We often find ourselves on the brink of crossing over to …… a new plan, a new relationship, another town-state-country. What drives us there? What keeps us here? Explore with us what local writers have to say about this theme,in stories and poems: Laurel Aiona, Robin Beeman, Guy Biederman, Armando García Dávila, Jodi Hottel, James Howe, Phyllis Meshulam, Megan O’Hara, Sara Saulsbury, Lisa Shulman. At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Tickets at the door: $15 general, $10 students [Cash-Check]. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. You may reserve seats by email: sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com and claim them at least 20 minutes before show.

Sunday, June 30, 3:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents Borderlines, at Abacus, 101 South Main St, Sebastopol, See description for June 28/29. Tickets at the door: $15 general, $10 students [Cash-Check]. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. You may reserve seats by email: sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com and claim them at least 20 minutes before show.

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