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May 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

Tuesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:00 a.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshop meets at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, for a workshop facilitated by Susan Bono or Marlene Cullen. Bring a notebook and pen. $15. Info: thewritespot.us/jumpstart.html

Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets feature The Mighty Pens, student poetry club from Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St. Hosted by Nanette Deetz. Light refreshments. Open mic follows features. We pass the hat.

Thursday, May 3, 3:30-5 p.m. Free writing workshop for pre-teens and teens with Iris Jamahl Dunkle. Teen Authors Program at the Rincon Valley Regional Library 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa.

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A Conversaton With Two Influential Writers of Nonfiction, Elizabeth Rosner and Susan Griffin. At the Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. More information at: www.sittingroom.org/events.html

Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m. Literacy Works and Copperfield’s Books present Greg Sarris. Featured book: How a Mountain Was Made: Stories. In sixteen interconnected original stories, award-winning author Greg Sarris takes us through a world inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales where songs have the power to enchant and rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people’s memories in stones. This series is a fundraiser for Literacyworks Center. At Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/literacyworks-copperfield%E2%80%99s-books-present-greg-sarris

Mondays, May 7, 14, 21, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Note: no meeting on May 28, holiday). Meet with serious, good natured writers weekly 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/discuss your “Work in Progress,” receive honest, unfiltered feedback from writers. 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, CA (Near Coddingtown). Routes 6 and 10 Buses stop in front of 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.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com.

Monday, May 7, 6:15 p.m. Book Launch for Sandra Anfang’s new chapbook, Road Worrier, and regular monthly reading with Rivertown Poets at the AqusCafé, 189 H Street in Petaluma. Sandra will be reading with Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emerita Terry Ehret. Open mic follows the reading.

Mondays May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6:30 p.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshop meets at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, for a workshop facilitated by Susan Bono or Marlene Cullen. Bring a notebook and pen. $15. Info: thewritespot.us/jumpstart.html

Tuesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. Join Isaac Butler, author of The World Only Spins Forward, for a book reading at The Astro Motel. The book is a riveting, inspiring (and often very funny) oral history of the ascent of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” drawing from over 250 interviews with artists involved with what is widely considered one of the most important works in the American Theatre. The Astro Motel, 323 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. Free event, limited seating. RSVP at at: https://tinyurl.com/ybyafhuf

Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. Sandra Anfang is featured at Sacred Grounds Coffee House, 2095 Hayes Street at Cole, San Francisco. Dan Brady hosts the reading and open mic.

Thursday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents readings readings on the theme of “The Return” with the following acclaimed authors: Peter Neil Carroll, Kirstin Chen, William Luvaas, Lone Mørch, Tim J. Myers, Anne Raeff, and Barbara Ridley. At Studio 333 in Sausalito, 333 Caledonia Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar. More details: www.whytherearewords.com/2018/04/17/why-there-are-words-sausalito-presents-return-may-10-2018

Thursday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. Books on Stage/Telling the Story. Memoir and Truth, with Melissa Cistaro and Laurie Fox. Together they’ll discuss autobiography, memoir, and how to write a book that is emotionally true if not completely factual. At Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N Cloverdale Blvd. The event will be followed by wine, cheese and conversation in the lobby. Suggested donation $10. See www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com/events.

Friday Mornings, May 11, 18 and 25, 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

Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry with Local Poets Donna Emerson, Cathryn Shea and Margaret Stawowy at Copperfield’s, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. Details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/poetry-local-poets

Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. New York Times best-selling author David Sedaris brings his signature self-deprecation to both the page and the stage. Sedaris’s live shows tackle everything from his eccentric family to American politics. On stage at Uptown Theater Napa, 1350 3rd Street, Napa. For tickets and information go to: www.uptowntheatrenapa.com/event/david-sedaris-3

Saturday Mornings, May 12 and 19, 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. May 12 is the “virtual” session of the afternoon “Who is your Mother?” writing circle in Sebastopol. 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, May 12, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. “Writing from the Body” a workshop for women with author, writing teacher and editor Margo Perin. This one day workshop will introduce you to a range of writing techniques through hands-on writing assignments to guide you to write from your most authentic self with a greater awareness of craft and your own individual creative process. All levels of writers are welcome, from those first testing the waters to experienced. Sebastopol Center for the Arts 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. $175 members; $180 non-members. Register at http://sebarts.org/index.php/classes/adults. For more information, please contact Margo at margo@margoperin.com or call 415-722-5226. www.margoperin.com

Saturday, May 12, 1:00–4:30 p.m. “Who is your Mother?” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Mother stories are a deep and integral part of our lives. Some involve pain and regret; others are full of sweetness and care. Whether you’re estranged from your mother, sharing her life today, or missing her presence on this earth, write to explore the complex — and always illuminating — stories of Mother. $67 for this women’s writing circle in Occidental. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, May 12, 1:30 p.m. Meet and Greet author Sky Blaine, presenting her novel Unleashed at Copperfields Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street.

Saturday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. In Conversation: Clemantine Wamariya and Peter Coyote. Featured book is The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After. Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when more than 800,000 people were murdered in her home country of Rwanda. Raw, urgent, yet disarmingly beautiful, The Girl Who Smiled Beads captures the true costs and aftershocks of war. At Copperfield’s, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/conversation-clemantine-wamariya-peter-coyote

Saturday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple Poetry Series featuring Paul Hoover, Melissa Stein and Rebecca Patrascu. At Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. For more information: www.wordtemple.com

Saturday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. Book launch with John Branch at Copperfield’s. In The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West, a powerful follow-up to his best-selling first book, New York Times reporter John Branch delivers an epic and intimate family story deep in the American grain. Copperfield’s, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/book-launch-john-branch

Sunday, May 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third 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, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Maya Khalsa, biologist, poet/film maker and Sonoma County’s newest poet laureate: a film and talk, “Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild after Wildfire.” Maya will present post-fire photographs of the gorgeous recovering areas, reading poetry and presenting the Gold Spot film. This is a great venue if someone is interested in writing about the recovery for one of the Pepperwood Poetry readings scheduled for September 16th and October 14. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center at 2050 Yulupa Street, Santa Rosa. https://milobaker.cnps.org/index.php/events/general-meetings

Thursday, May 17. 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents Rebecca Rosenberg: The Devil is in The Details! Author Rebecca Rosenberg will discuss how to use props and surroundings to make characters “real” for the reader. Bring a scene from your work in process that you want to make stronger or Rebecca will provide a scene. Free. At Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma. Details on Workshops page or www.thewritespot.us.

Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. Marin Poetry Center’s Third Thursdays presents Dorianne Laux, whose new and selected poems, Only As the Day is Long, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton, and Joshua Mensch, founding editor of the online literary journal B O D Y whose first book of poetry, BECAUSE, a lyric memoir, will also be published by W.W. Norton. He lives in Prague. Falkirk Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. Free. www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php

Friday May 18, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book Series: Occidental native, Daniel Ziblatt, currently Harvard Professor of Government and co-author of national and int’l best-selling How Democracies Die. Daniel returns to his hometown for a talk about this historical perspective on democracy and what is occurring today in the US and the world. Q&A, book sales by Copperfields Pop-Up & author signing. Admission $5.00 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Reception: wine/beer for sale; refreshments by donation. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities.

Friday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Christopher Moore. Featured Book: Noir. The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author returns with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco. At Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/christopher-moore

Friday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. Sandra Anfang is featured at Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave., Berkeley (1/4 mile from Ashby BART station). Co-feature: Gail Newman.

Friday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. Herbert Gold reads poems from his new chapbook, Nearing the Exit from Omerta Publications. At The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco. More info: http://lesgottesman.com

Saturday, May 19, 1:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Nancy Tingley reading from A Death in Bali: A Jenna Murphy Mystery. Tingley draws on her extensive experience as a scholar of Asian art to bring the armchair traveler an immersive, inside view of the art world. Copperfield’s, 1330 Lincoln Street, Calistoga. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/nancy-tingley

Saturday, May 19, 1:30 p.m. Meet and Greet  author Terri Lynn Segal, presenting her newly published book Never Parted: A Brother’s Loving Teachings from the Afterlife at Copperfields Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street.

Saturday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Dorje Dolma reading from Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal. This unusual memoir vividly portrays life in Dolma’s remote mountain village, her struggles in bewildering Kathmand and her journey to America to receive life-saving surgery. Copperfield’s, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/dorje-dolma

Saturday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Janelle Hanchett reading from I’m Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering. Hanchett’s is a story we rarely hear, one of the outsider mother who longs for normalcy but cannot maintain it. Ticketed event at Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/janelle-hanchett

Sunday, May 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic: Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Musical accompaniment day. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers creates warm camaraderie. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else. The theme is the richness of poetry with music. Listeners welcome. Donation: $5. Scent free event. If you like, bring an instrument to accompany those who want accompaniment to their poetry (guitar, drum, sticks, bass, flute, etc.) We will bring a mic. John will have a keyboard or we will be in the main room with the piano. Hosted by Sher Lianne Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne

Sunday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. Shakespeare Costume Party with Crispin Clarke. Dress in your finest Shakespearean garb and head down to Copperfield’s Books to meet Crispin Clarke, founder of Shakesprints. This Petaluma-based company celebrates Shakespeare by printing beautiful Shakespearean illustrations on all types of materials. At Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/shakespeare-costume-party-crispin-clarke

Sunday, May 20,  3:30-5:30 p.m. Donna Emerson reads from The Place of Our Meeting at Britt Marie Cafe, 1369 Solano Ave. Albany, with Cathy Shea, and Susan Suntree.

Sunday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Robert B. Reich and Michael Krasny in Conversation. Featured books: The Common Good and Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means. The Annual Author Dinner Talk hosted by Krasny is a benefit for the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. At Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol. For tickets and information go to: www.seb.org/event/3756910-robert-reich-and-michael-krasny

Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Dave Itzkoff reading from Robin. New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff shows in this biography that Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends and colleagues, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives. At Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/david-itzkoff

Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Aja Gabel reading from her debut novel The Ensemble, a riveting look into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of musicians and of lives made in concert. The Ensemble is a portrait of ambition, friendship and the tenderness of youth. At Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/aja-gabel

Thursday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. Join Pat Nolan for a book launch and reading celebrating the publication of two new poetry books, Exile In Paradise and So Much, Selected Poems, 1969-1989 at Many Rivers Books and Tea, Sebastopol. Pat will read and talk about his Chinese themed poems from Exile In Paradise as well as from So Much, his recently published selected poems designated as Handwritten Typewriter spanning twenty years of work. Many Rivers Books & Tea, 130 S. Main St. Sebastopol, (707) 829-8871

Saturday, May 26, 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

Saturday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. Meet and Greet author Jody Gehrman, presenting her debut suspense novel Watch Me at Copperfields Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street.

Saturday, May 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Sitting Room’s annual “take” on Memorial Day, sharing obits and excerpts from authors/artists/activists of the female persuasion who have died in the past year. Always a surprisingly cheerful occasion. For example, our special Sitting room friend and writing inspiration, Dorothy Bryant, or Ursula Le Guin, Paula Fox, Jean Stein, Lillian Ross, Bharati Mukherjee and Buchi Emecheta among others. No fee, no rsvp, any questions, call or email JJ Wilson 795-9028, or email boxcar@sonic.net. The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove; www.SittingRoom.org

Thursday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. Thumbprint Pairing, free event featuring an author talk and book signing at Thumbprint Cellars. Featured book: The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable is based on the real life of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy but also a baby they may have had together.  Thumbprint Cellars, 102 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Author presentations are followed by a book signing and wine tasting; Copperfield’s will buy a glass of featured wine for anybody who buys a copy of the book. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/thumbprint-pairing-michelle-gable

Mark Your Calendar for June 2018

Friday Mornings, June 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

Saturday Mornings, June 2 and 16, 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. June 16 is the “virtual” session of the afternoon “Who is your Father?” writing circle in Sebastopol. 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, June 3, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sitting Room Birthday (with cake!). Featuring the launch of the Sitting Room’s 2018 publication Everyone Likes a Good Fairy Tale, and the readings therefrom. It is bound to be a subversive and even revolutionary reading! Please come. The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove; www.SittingRoom.org

Sunday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. Words Off Paper, a celebration of the voices of writers and artists at Copperfield’s Novato, featuring to local authors Christine Nelson, J. Macon King, Jeb Stewart Harrison, Bonnie Monte and Sands Hall. Hosted by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder. Copperfield’s, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/words-paper-betsy-graziani-fasbinder-moderates-participating-authors-christie-nelson-j-macon

Mondays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good natured writers weekly 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/discuss your “Work in Progress,” receive honest, unfiltered feedback from writers. 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, CA (Near Coddingtown). Routes 6 and 10 Buses stop in front of 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.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com.

Monday, June 4, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Rivertown Poets at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. Featuring two fabulous Bay Area poets—Alison Luterman and David Beckman—and celebrating five years as a monthly series. Followed by open mic: three minutes or under.

Mondays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 6:30 p.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshop meets at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, for a workshop facilitated by Susan Bono or Marlene Cullen. Bring a notebook and pen. $15. Info: thewritespot.us/jumpstart.html

Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:00 a.m. Jumpstart Writing Workshop meets at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, for a workshop facilitated by Susan Bono or Marlene Cullen. Bring a notebook and pen. $15. Info: thewritespot.us/jumpstart.html

Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets (AIP) features Natica Angilly and “Poets Who Dance” at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Angilly celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Dancing Poetry Festival. Features of AIP reading include long time Alameda resident, poet, poetic dancer and Artists Embassy International Arts Ambassador, Wanda Ingmire. Also featuring are poet and publisher Diane Frank, Takako Miyashita, Loywanner Haddadou, Ronda Hollie, Tanya Joyce, Nancy Merritt, Alyza Lee Salomon, Nanette Bradley Deetz, and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana. Special guest appearance by St. Joseph’s High School Poet Laureate, Beatrice Levy. Refreshments and open reading will follow. We pass the hat.

Sunday, June 10, 4:00 p.m. Literacy Works and Copperfield’s Books present Daniel Ellsburg and Peter Coyote in Conversation. Featured book is The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. When former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a cache of documents related to America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. The Doomsday Machine reveals for the first time the contents of those documents and makes clear their shocking relevance for today. Framed as a memoir, this exposé reads like a cloak-and-dagger thriller. Ellsberg will be joined in conversation by American actor, author, director and screenwriter Peter Coyote. This series is a fundraiser for Literacyworks Center. At Petaluma Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1094 Petaluma Boulevard South, Petaluma. Details and ticketing info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/literacyworks-copperfields-books-present-daniel-ellsberg-peter-coyote-conversation

Thursday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. Thumbprint Pairing, free event featuring an author talk and book signing at Thumbprint Cellars. Featured book: Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey. Thumbprint Cellars, 102 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Author presentations are followed by a book signing and wine tasting; Copperfield’s buys a glass of featured wine for anyone who buys a copy of the book. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/thumbprint-pairing-gail-honeyman

Thursday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents readings readings on the theme of “Body Language” with the following acclaimed authors: Kelly Alsup, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, Jan Reid, Jenn Scott, and Townsend Walker. At Studio 333 in Sausalito, 333 Caledonia Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar. More details: www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272.

Friday, June 15, 6:00 p.m. Mystery Cafe: Kent Harrington in conversation with Paul McHugh. Featured Book: Last Ferry Home is a riveting novel of grief, obsession, recovery and passion from acclaimed author Kent Harrington. Copperfield’s, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/mystery-cafe-kent-harrington-and-paul-mchugh-conversation

Friday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series. Double launch for two new titles by local writer and painter. Patrick Fanning: his recent novel, Geoffrey Doover, and art instruction text, Travel Sketches. Selected readings from novel, slideshow of sketches. Q&A, book sales and signing. Admission free, all donations gratefully accepted. Wine and beer for sale, refreshments by donation. OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is wheelchair accessible. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com.

Friday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Featured Book: The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War. Josiah Henson overcame incredible odds to escape from slavery, and improved the lives of hundreds of freedmen throughout his long life. Brock’s sweeping biography immortalizes Henson in an epic tale of courage and bravery in the face of unimaginable trials. Copperfield’s Books, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/jared-brock

Friday, June 15, 8:00 p.m. “CROSSROADS” presented by Off the Page Readers Theater. It’s a happy/sad/quirky show: there are birds, there’s magic, some grammar, and a wedding. Bringing to life the works of 10 local writers: Sandra Anfang, David Beckman, Armando García Dávila, Kathleen Haynie, Jodi Hottel, Hilary Susan Moore, Margo Perin, Susanna Solomon, Jacquelyn Wells, Jean Wong. Music by Hank Levine. At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. $15 general, $10 students at the door.

Saturday, June 16, 1:00–4:30 p.m. “Who is your Father?” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Mother stories are a deep and integral part of our lives. Some involve pain and regret; others are full of sweetness and care. Whether you’re estranged from your father, sharing his life today, or missing his presence on this earth, write to explore the complex — and always illuminating — stories of Father. $67 for this women’s writing circle in Occidental. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, June 16, 2:30–5:30 p.m. Redwood Writers 2018 Poetry Anthology launch party.Hear authors read their poems published in Phoenix: Out of Silence…And Then and celebrate the launch of the book. Bring your friends and family. Books will be available for $12. Cash, check, or credit cards will be accepted at the party. For address and RSVP form go to: http://redwoodwriters.org/poetry-anthology-launch-party

Saturday, June 16, 8:00 p.m. “CROSSROADS” presented by Off the Page Readers Theater. At Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. $15 general, $10 students at the door. See June 15 listing for details.

Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Genny Lim and William Crossman read from their new chapbooks, KRA! and War in America, from Omerta Publications. The Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco. More info: http://lesgottesman.com

Thursday, June 21, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s presents Paddy Hirsch. Featured Book: The Devil’s Half Mile, a historical mystery novel. Thanks to Alexander Hamilton, America has recovered from the panic on the Devil’s Half Mile (aka Wall Street), but the young country is still finding its way. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to solve his father’s murder, he exposes a massive fraud the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost. Copperfield’s Books, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/paddy-hirsch

Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents Georgia James and Deborah Parrish: The Language of Love in Today’s Changing Times: How to write empowering love connections that embrace passion and intimacy. Home Sweet Sonoma is their debut novel. Free. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Details on Workshops page or www.thewritespot.us.

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s presents Martin Walker. Featured Book: A Taste for Vengeance: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel. When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno, Chief of Police. Bruno’s search for the truth leads him to places he hadn’t intended to go — but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne. Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/martin-walker-0

Friday, June 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Opening reception for Bibliophoria V at Sebastapol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.northbayletterpressarts.org/news/2018/3/9/bibliophoria-v

Friday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s presents Meredith Jaeger, author of Boardwalk Summer. Aspiring Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940 and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover what happened on that long ago summer. Copperfield’s Books, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/meredith-jaeger

Friday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s presents Joel Selvin, author of Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip. Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times best-selling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Jerry Garcia’s death, and offers a behind-the-scenes account of events during the ensuing two decades. This final chapter of the band’s history has never before been explored in detail. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/joel-selvin-0

Saturday, June 23, 5:00 p.m. Copperfield’s presents the inaugural event of Write in Your Own Backyard, a series celebrating the work of local book publishers. New World Now podcast host Kim Corbin will moderate a panel discussion featuring Novato-based New World Library’s co-founder Marc Allen, bestselling author Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (known as SARK), and Facebook sensation Scott Stabile. Light refreshments will be served. Copperfield’s Books, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/write-your-own-backyard-new-world-library-new-world-now-uplifting-wisdom-changing-times-marc

Saturday, June 23, 8:00 p.m. “CROSSROADS” presented by Off the Page Readers Theater. At Abacus, 101 S Main Street, Sebastopol. $15 general, $10 students at the door. See June 15 listing for details.

Monday, June 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sandra Anfang is featured at Poetry Express, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue at California Street, Berkeley. Plus open mic. Free parking in the adjacent lot.

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s presents David Sedaris, author of Calypso, his most deeply personal and hilarious book yet. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet—and it just might be his very best.
This is not a ticketed event. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis and all are welcome. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-books-presents-david-sedaris

Friday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. Brave New Worlds at Copperfield’s, featuring Daniel H. Wilson, author of Guardian Angels and Other Monsters. From the New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and The Clockwork Dynasty comes a fantastic collection that explores complex emotional and intellectual landscapes at the intersection of artificial intelligence and human life. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-daniel-h-wilson

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