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July 2021 Calendar of Literary Events

The monthly calendar reflects announcements that literary folk from the area have sent to us. To get a more complete list of author-events and workshop schedules, addresses and directions to the event locations, as well as bios of the presenters, you can use the links below.  

Please send your calendar announcements, text only (no attachments or PDFs please), no later than noon on the last day of each month. Calendar entries are easier to include if they follow the format you see here (Day, date, time: event, cost, location, contact).  Events should be within an hour’s drive of Sonoma County. Send your announcements to editor@socolitupdate.com. NOTE: Lengthy announcements will be edited. Where possible, please provide a link to a web page with complete details.

Book Passage www.bookpassage.com*
Copperfield’s Books www.copperfieldsbooks.com
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Petaluma Writers’ Forum and Jumpstart Writing Workshops: www.thewritespot.us

Readers’ Books www.readersbooks.com
Redwood Writers www.redwoodwriters.org
Sebastopol Center for the Arts www.sebarts.org
Sitting Room www.sittingroom.org

*NOTE: Book Passage and Copperfield’s Books have archived their virtual events for 2020. 
For Book Passages Conversations With Authors, go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com/archive/
Copperfield’s Books’ Virtual Event Library may be found on YouTube.

 

Thursday, July 1, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Monday, July 5, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Doreen Stock and Roy Mash, followed by open mic (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE.  Sign up at aqus.com/online. Choose “Aqus Poetry Open Mic” and fill in the form. Join directly at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 

Wednesday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum Summertime Writing Program: Brenda Bellinger and Kathy Guthormsen read excerpts from The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year, followed by writing exercise. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Thursday, July 8, 12:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Diane Johnson ONLINE. Featured Book: Lorna Mott comes Home. Johnson brings us into the dreamy, anxiety-filled American world of Lorna Mott Dumas, where she struggles to create a new life to support herself. In the midst of a large cast, the precarious balance of comedy and tragedy, happiness and anxiety, contentment and striving, generosity and greed, love and sex, Diane Johnson, our Edith Wharton of expat life, comes home to America to deftly, irresistibly portray, with the lightest of touch, the way we live now. Details and free registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/diane-johnson-online

Thursday, July 8, 5:00 p.m. Book Passage & ExtendedSession present Francine Prose ONLINE celebrating the release of her new book The Vixen. Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Francine Prose returns with a dazzling new novel set in the glamorous world of 1950s New York publishing, the story of a young man tasked with editing a steamy bodice-ripper based on the recent trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg—an assignment that will reveal the true cost of entering that seductive, dangerous new world. Details and registration: https://events.extendedsession.com/event/the-vixen/

Thursday, July 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. The Poetry Project: Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing a poem to a work of art. The SebArts 2018 art exhibit titled “Reverberations” featured works by famous artists curated from personal collections in Sonoma County. Poets were asked to write a poem about an assigned piece of art in the exhibit. Seven poets will be sharing those poems via Zoom. Guest Poets: JoAnn Smith, Alicia Hugg, Freeman Ng and Michael Franco. From $10. Register here: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/the-poetry-project-july

Friday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, July 9, 6:00 p.m. Emilie Lygren and Naomi Shihab Nye read for Blue Light at the Gallery. Join on Zoom. RSVP to bluelightpress@aol.com to get the link.

Sunday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. 40th Annual Northern California Book Award Ceremony. Free. Simultaneously broadcast on the San Francisco Public Library YouTube channel and Zoom (see Terry Ehret’s July 1 blog post for details).

Friday, July 16, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, July 17, 1:00-2:45 p.m. 1-Page Critique Fest with Chuck Sambuchino. Presented by Redwood Writers Club. Get your first page read (anonymously—no bylines given) with the speaker commenting on the submission. Get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and know if your writing has what it needs to keep readers’ attention. All attendees are welcome to submit pages for this session, and we will choose pages at random for the workshop for as long as time lasts. All submissions should be from novels or memoir. Member rate of $5 extends to all CWC members. Non-members pay $10. Registration link:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ei6awre3715c21a4&oseq=&c=&ch=

Saturday, July 17, 2:00 p.m. Writers Forum Summertime Writing Program: Deb Fenwick and Susie Moses read excerpts from The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year, followed by writing exercise. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Monday, July 19, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Mary Susan Gast and Hiram Larew, followed by open mic (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE.  Sign up at aqus.com/online. Choose “Aqus Poetry Open Mic” and fill in the form. Join directly at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 

Wednesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. Writers Forum Summertime Writing Program: Dave Seter and Karen Handyside Ely read excerpts from The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year, followed by writing exercise. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Friday, July 23, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Tuesday, July 27, 7:00-8:30 pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts Fourth Tuesday Zoom Poetry Series presents ‘Light in Poetry’—Readings from the 8 poets of Poetic License Sonoma joined by special guest poet and photographer, Jeffrey Bartfeld, and JoAnn Bell, a student at SRJC. Presenting poets: Kusum Jain, Susanne Arrhenius, Joe Cutler, Paul DeMarco, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski. Judith Vaughn will be the MC for this evening. Cost is free (donations are welcome). Registration is required to receive the zoom link which will be emailed to you prior to event: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetic-license-sonoma-light

Thursday, July 29, 6:00 p.m. Writers Forum Summertime Writing Program: Patricia Morris and Cheryl Moore read excerpts from The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year, followed by writing exercise. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Friday, July 30, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

 

Mark Your Calendar for August 2021

Monday, August 2, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Meg Hamill and Joe Arcangelini, followed by open mic (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE.  Sign up at aqus.com/online. Choose “Aqus Poetry Open Mic” and fill in the form. Join directly at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 

Thursday, August 5, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Online Women’s Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, August 6, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday, August 8, 2:00 p.m. Writers Forum Summertime Writing Program: Julie Wilder-Sherman and Diane Dupuis read excerpts from The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year, followed by writing exercise. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Friday, August 13, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Monday, August 16, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features William O’Daly and James Cagney, followed by open mic (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE.  Sign up at aqus.com/online. Choose “Aqus Poetry Open Mic” and fill in the form. Join directly at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 

Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Carole Stivers in Conversation with Elizabeth Stark. Featured Book: The Mother Code. ONLINE. What it means to be human—and a mother—is put to the test in Carole Stivers’s debut novel set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/carole-stivers-conversation-elizabeth-stark-online

Friday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, August 21, 10:00 a.m. Writers Forum Summertime Writing Program: Lynn Levy and Christine Renaudin read excerpts from The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year, followed by writing exercise. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum.”

Friday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly Online Literary Open Mic. Share a short story or poetry. Email poetrysher@gmail.com for Zoom link. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

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