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July 2018 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

Sunday, July 1, 4:00 p.m. SOLD OUT! Literacyworks and Copperfield’s Books present Isabel Allende and Michael Krasny in Conversation. Featured Books: Krasny’s Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means and Allende’s In the Midst of Winter. Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma. This series is a fundraiser for Literacyworks Center. Although this event is free, there is limited space available. Attendees must RSVP prior to the event and bring a printed copy of their ticket to attend. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/literacyworks-copperfields-books-present-isabel-allende-michael-krasny-conversation

Monday, July 2nd, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets will be holding a reading and open mic at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. Featured poets will be Petaluma poet (and Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emeritus) Bill Vartnaw and East Bay poet Julie Rogers. The reading begins at 6:15 p.m. The open mic signup list will be available by 5:45. Open mic will follow the features. Please time your reading to be three minutes or under.

Monday, July 9th, 7:00 p.m. Lit Night with Chloe Benjamin, featuring her book The Immortalists at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma. It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side and word has spread of the arrival of a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. In search of one thing they can know for sure, four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness sneak out to hear their fortunes. A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. The Lit Night series brings outstanding literary authors to a dedicated group of fans. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. “HOT SUMMER NIGHTS! Fiction and Mystery!”  Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present four Tuesday evenings of local author readings in July. This week’s featured authors are Skye Blaine, Jo Lauer, Tim Jollymore and Deborah Taylor-French. Montgomery Village Copperfield’s, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. Get Lit! Celebrates FIVE Years of literary fun with featured readers Melissa Eleftherion, Manjula Martin and Hilary Zaid. Note: this time around, in lieu of the regular open mic, alumni readers Marianne Rogoff, Jess Taylor, Jeremy Benson, Guy Biederman and Jo-Anne Rosen will share a few short readings. A ukulele band will also perform songs! Details on facebook.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words Presents: Alums from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Join Why There Are Words in Sausalito when alums from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers read from their acclaimed works, featuring: Mari Coates, Helen Fremont, Marjorie Hudson, Nancy Koerbel, Karen Llagas, Alison Moore, and Amelie Prusik. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar. Why There Are Words (WTAW) is an award-winning national reading series founded in Sausalito in 2010 by Peg Alford Pursell, now expanded to six additional major cities in the U.S. The series draws a full house of Bay Area residents every second Thursday to Studio 333, located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965Event web page: http://www.whytherearewords.com/2018/06/18/why-there-are-words-in-sausalito-presents-7-acclaimed-authors-july-12-2018/

Saturday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. Rumi’s Caravan Returns to Oakland. A Poetic Conversation: For fifteen years Rumi’s Caravan has inspired audiences, weaving together poems by Rumi, Hafez, Machado, Rilke, Yeats, Mary Oliver, Joy Harjo, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Whyte and other poets across the world. Recitation of World Poetry by Doug Von Koss, Barry and Maya Spector, Larry Robinson, Kay Crista, Carol Fitzgerald and Carol Bower Foote. With musicians Christine Tulis, Suellen Primost and Sufi dancer Chelsea Rose. Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street (doors open at 6:00). $15.00/Advance, $30.00 at the door, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3371248. Performances benefit local non-profit organizations. More details at: www.rumiscaravan.com

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. “HOT SUMMER NIGHTS! Historical Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.”  Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present four Tuesday evenings of local author readings in July. This week’s featured authors are Jeane Slone, Waights Taylor Jr., Susanna Janssen, Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller. Montgomery Village Copperfield’s, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. WRITERS FORUM PRESENTS FRANCES RIVETTI. Theme: Heading Down the Research Rabbit Hole: Layering Fiction and Non-Fiction Without Losing the Plot!Learn how to stay on track with writing goals without taking up too much time with guest author Frances Rivetti. Forum founder Marlene Cullen welcomes beginning and experienced writers. For more information go to: thewritespot.us Petaluma Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. Books on Stage. Janelle Hanchett, author of I’m Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering, reads at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. See: www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com

Friday Mornings, July 20 and 27, 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, July 21, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Poetry in the Redwoods: Dana Gioia, Maya Khosla, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Sandra Anfang, Arthur Dawson, K.M. English, Jackie Hallerberg, Richard Loranger, Brian Martens, Phyllis Meshulam, Margo Perin, Pamela Stone Singer, Amos White, plus six or seven student champions from local Poetry Out Loud contests. The only cost is that of park admission, $8 per vehicle. At the historic Redwood Forest Theater, Armstrong Redwoods State Park, 16903 Armstrong Woods Road. Co-sponsored by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and California State Parks. Contact: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods: Marcy Beck, marcy.beck@gmail.com, (510) 851-6363

Mondays, July 23 and 30, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.. Meet with serious, good natured writers weekly, (except holidays) Mondays, at 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 lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (Near Coddingtown); www.snoopyshomeice.com. 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.netwww.snoopyswriters.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. “HOT SUMMER NIGHTS! Fiction.”  Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present four Tuesday evenings of local author readings in July. This week’s featured authors are Susanna Solomon, William Haigwood, Marilyn Campbell and David Ramirez. Montgomery Village Copperfield’s, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Friday, July 27, 7:00 p.m. Discussion and Book signing. Matthew Fox is an American priest and theologian. He was formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, and became a member of the Episcopal Church in 1993. His newest book is a collection of essays that act as a call-to-action to create a deeper sense of community, whose mission is the preservation of the earth. Join Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Berit Listug for a lively discussion and book signing. Sebastopol Copperfield’s, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472.  www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/matthew-fox-friends

Friday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.  Discussion and book signing with Tania Romanov. Mother Tongue is an exploration of lives lived in the chaos of the 100 years of Balkan wars, which force three generations of Croatian women to flee their homelands multiple times. It follows countries that dissolved, formed and reformed, lands that were conquered and subjugated by Fascists, Nazis and nationalists, and lives lived in exile in refugee camps and in new worlds. Tania will be in conversation with her sister-in-law, Renee. Montgomery Village Copperfield’s, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/tania-renee-amochaev

Saturday, July 28, 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, July 28, (note time change!) 1:00- 4:30 p.m. “HELP! I’ve Got a Book in Me and I Wanna Get it OUT!” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. How many times have you said yourself, “I think I’ve got a book in me.” Or someone else has said, “You need to write a book!” In this half-day workshop, Susan offers coaching and support for women who want to write a book. Whether you’re actively working on a book or simply feeling it kicking inside you, you’ll come away with more clarity, direction, inspiration, and a short writing to move your ideas forward. $67 for this women’s writing circle in Sebastopol. www.susanhagen.com

Sunday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. Wine reception and reading with poet Jane Mead and fiction writer Mat Johnson, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Admission costs $20; students with current ID are admitted free. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Monday, July 30, 9 a.m. “Finding a Form for ‘Unacceptable’ Emotions,” a talk about the art and craft of poetry by Brenda Hillman, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.  Admission costs $25. Students with current ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Monday, July 30, 1:30 p.m. “Writing Large,” a talk about the art and craft of fiction by Lan Samantha Chang, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Chang is director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; her second novel, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, was published in 2010. Admission costs $25. Students with current ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Monday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. Free discussion focusing on poet Camille Dungy and fiction writer Howard Norman, led by Bay Area poet Caroline Goodwin, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Explore visiting authors’ works in preparation for the conference’s evening reading. St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Monday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.: Wine reception and reading with poet Camille Dungy and fiction writer Howard Norman, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Admission costs $20; students with current ID are admitted free. Merryvale Vineyards, 1000 Main St., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. “Voice in Poetry,” a talk about the art and craft of poetry by Jane Mead, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Mead’s latest collection, World of Made and Unmade, was nominated for a National Book Award and a finalist for the Griffin Prize. Admission costs $25. Students with current ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Tuesday, July 31, 1:30 p.m. “Order vs. Chaos in Storytelling,” a talk about the art and craft of fiction by Mat Johnson, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Johnson, author of the novels Loving DayPymDrop, and Hunting in Harlem, is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Admission costs $25. Students with current ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Tuesday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. Free discussion focusing on poet Carl Phillips and fiction writer Lauren Groff, led by Bay Area poet Caroline Goodwin, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Explore visiting authors’ works in preparation for the conference’s evening reading. St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Tuesday, July 31, 6:00 p.m. Wine reception and reading with poet Carl Phillips and fiction writer Lauren Groff, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Admission costs $20; students with current ID are admitted free. Pine Ridge Vineyards, 5901 Silverado Trail, Napa. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. “HOT SUMMER NIGHTS! Memoir, Poetry and Fiction.”  Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present four Tuesday evenings of local author readings in July.This week’s featured authors are Roger G., Patty Somlo, Linda Bello-Ruiz and Lisa Manterfield. Montgomery Village Copperfield’s, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405


Mark Your Calendar for August 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 9:00 a.m. “The Writer Is the One Who: Some Practical Thoughts on Practice,” a talk on the art and craft of poetry by Camille Dungy, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Dungy is author the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History and four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade. Admission costs $25, or $90 for the four-day series in either poetry or fiction, or $175 for all eight conference lectures. Students with current ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Wednesday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. “Influence,” a talk on the art and craft of fiction by Howard Norman, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Norman’s new novel, In The Hours Still Left to Us, will be published early in 2019, followed by a memoir, Forms of Prayer in Vermont. Previous novels include The Bird Artist, which was a National Book Award finalist. Admission costs $25, or $90 for the four-day series in either poetry or fiction, or $175 for all eight conference lectures. Students with current ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Wednesday, August 1, 4:30 p.m.: Free discussion focusing on poet Brenda Hillman and fiction writer Lan Samantha Chang, led by Bay Area poet Caroline Goodwin, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Explore visiting authors’ works in preparation for the conference’s evening reading. St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Wednesday, August 1, 6:00 p.m. Wine reception and reading with poet Brenda Hillman and fiction writer Lan Samantha Chang, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Hillman is author of 10 collections of poetry, including Extra Hidden Life, among the Days. Previous titles include Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2014. Chang is director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; her second novel, All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, was published in 2010.  Admission costs $20; students with current ID are admitted free. Educational Center for the Performing Arts, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway (Highway 221), Napa. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets feature author Sandra Anfang and poet Jim Barnard at Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St.  Hosted by Nanette Deetz. Light refreshments.  Open mic follows features.

Thursday, August 2, 9:00 a.m. “Poetry and Muscularity,” a talk on the art and craft of poetry by Carl Phillips, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Phillips is the author of 14 books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind and Reconnaissance, winner of the PEN USA Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Admission costs $25, or $90 for the four-day series in either poetry or fiction, or $175 for all eight conference lectures. Students with current ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visit napawritersconference.org.

Thursday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. “Breaking the Bones,”  a talk on the art and craft of fiction by Lauren Groff, part of the 38th Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Groff’s most recent novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award; her latest story collection, Florida, was published in June. Admission costs $25, or $90 for the four-day series in either poetry or fiction, or $175 for all eight conference lectures. Students with current ID are admitted for $15. Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. For more information, visitnapawritersconference.org.

Friday Mornings, August 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

Mondays, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.. Meet with serious, good natured writers weekly, (except holidays) Mondays, at 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 lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (Near Coddingtown); www.snoopyshomeice.com. 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.netwww.snoopyswriters.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Monday, August 6, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets will be holding a reading and open mic at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. Featured poets will be our new Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, and Peter Neil Carroll, who will make his third appearance at our series. As an added treat, Maya will show a short film prototype of the Poet Laureate project she is undertaking for the next two years. The reading begins at 6:15 p.m. The open mic signup list will be available by 5:45. Open mic will follow the features. Please time your reading to be three minutes or under.

Thursday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents the following acclaimed authors reading from their works to welcome us “Back from Vacation:” Mathieu Cailier, Geraldine Connolly, Yang Huang, Audrey Kalman, Susanne Solomon, Valerie Wallace, and Maw Shein Win. Readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar. For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see the website www.whytherearewords.com. Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, SausalitoEvent web page: www.whytherearewords.com/2018/07/13/why-there-are-words-sausalito-presents-back-from-vacation-august-9-2018/

Saturday, August 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

Thursday, August 16, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents Christine Falcon-Daigle. Writing as a Tool for Transformation. Christine will show how to shape your experiences into stories that will not only heal you, as the storyteller, but free those who are brave enough not to look away. Free. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma. Details on Workshops page or www.thewritespot.us.

Saturday, August 25, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. “Women Writing through Transition and Change” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. The cycles of nature teach us everything we need to know about moving through change with an open heart. Write and share in community with other women as we explore our changing lives at the beautiful and inspiring Sea Ranch on the Sonoma County Coast. $137 for this women’s writing circle at The Sea Ranch. www.susanhagen.com

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