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September 2022 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 Book Passages Conversations With Authors, go to: https://bookpassage.extendedsession.com/archive/
Copperfield’s Books’ Virtual Event Library may be found on YouTube.

 

Thursday, September 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, September 2, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, September 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free author talk and writing workshop with Reyna Grande, author of the memoirs The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home, and the novels Across a Hundred MountainsDancing With Butterflies and A Ballad of Love and Glory. Presented by the Sonoma County Library Adult Literacy Program with support from a California Humanities grant as part of a project to collect immigrant stories (see Calls for Submissions). The event is free and will be held in person, with limited space available; advanced registration is required. Central Santa Rosa Library Forum Room, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa. To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/ReynaTalk.

Monday, September 5, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets welcomes you back to our first IN-PERSON outdoor reading at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. Our features will be Brian Martens and Marvin R. Hiemstra, followed by open mic. Come early to have dinner and sign up for open mic. The kitchen will take orders until 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. Sonoma County author Dan Coshnear will be reading from his latest short story collection, Separation Anxiety. He’ll be sharing the stage with Donte Clark and Kim Magowan, at Bethany Methodist Church on 1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco.

Tuesday, September 6 (first of six Tuesdays), 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Not Contained Between My Hat and Boots: Creative Writing as Spiritual Practice, with Clara Rosemarda on Zoom. For information or to register: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Friday, September 9, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday, September 11, 2:00 p.m. 41st Annual Northern California Book Awards. Recognizes the best published works of 2021 by Northern California authors and California translators state-wide. Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, Civic Center, San Francisco. Nominees and more details at: www.poetryflash.org/programs/?p=ncba_2022

Thursday, September 15, 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Javier Zamora in conversation with Sheryl Cotleur about his highly anticipated memoir, Solito. A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as “the mythic journey of our era” (Sandra Cisneros). This is a free event. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Masks required for in-store events. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/javier-zamora-conversation-sheryl-cotleur

Friday, September 16, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Petaluma Poetry Walk. Locations: Hotel Petaluma, Artaluma, Life on Earth Art, Helen Putnam Plaza, Copperfields, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma Historical Museum, Aqus Café. For scheduled readers and updates, see: www.petalumapoetrywalk.org

Friday, September 23, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturdays, September 24, October 22, and November 19, 2:00-5:00 p.m. MovingWriting: Embodied Expressive Writing workshops with Loretta Mijares, combining movement/dance with expressive writing. At a private studio in Sebastopol. $75/Saturday, $135 for two afternoons, $185 for series. To register, go to www.MovingWriting.com or email: loretta@movingwriting.com.

Sunday, September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday Meditation Gathering on Zoom, with Clara Rosemarda. By Donation. Open to beginning and seasoned meditators. Bring your friends! For information or to register: 707-567-7117 or rosen@sonic.net

Sunday, September 25, 4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch for Patrick Fanning’s recently published manual, Three Layer Watercolor Landscapes. A lecture lavishly illustrated with slides showing three step layers in progress. A selection of completed paintings on display. Free admission, all donations gratefully invited. Refreshments for sale. Selected readings, Q&A, book sales & signing. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, CA. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

Tuesday, September 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Poetic License Sonoma presents “Equinox” with special guest poet Sandra Anfang, via Zoom. Presenting poets: Joseph Cutler, Susanne Arrhenius, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski, Kusum Irene Jain. Acting MC: Kusum Jain. Guest student poet from SRJC: Dirk Dunning. (Please note, there is a nominal charge of $5.00) More details and registration: www.sebarts.org/classeslectures/p/poetic-license-sonoma-sandra-anfang

Friday, September 30, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Mark Your Calendar for October 2022

Monday, October 3, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets reading will be on Zoom. East Bay partners in life and poetry, Judy Wells and Dale Jensen will feature, followed by open mic. Please sign up for open mic at Aqus.com/rivertownpoets. We keep the shares to three minutes per reader.

Thursday, October 6, 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. Copperfields Books presents Shawn Langwell. Featured Book: Ten Seconds of Boldness: The Essential Guide to Solving Problems and Building Self-Confidence. Inspired by decades of personal experience overcoming everything from life’s ups and downs and addiction, to battling his own inner critics that constantly threatened his self-confidence, Shawn Langwell delivers one of the most authentic, practical, and powerful, personal growth books in years. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. At Copperfields Books, Petaluma. Masks required. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/shawn-langwell

Friday, October 7, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Saturday, October 8, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sonoma County Writers Conference. Hosted by Redwood Writers Club, at Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa. Early bird registration till September 30: $95, members; $125, nonmembers. Regular registration: $110, members; $150, nonmembers. Details and registration: https://redwoodwriters.org/2022-conference

Friday, October 14, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Friday, October 14, Saturday, October 15, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 16, 3:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents their 2022 show, CHOICES. Featuring works from local authors. at Church of the Oaks, 160 W.Sierra, Cotati. Music by Patrick Michael McCarty. $15: tix at the door. Masks required. For more information: www.offthepagetheater.com

Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 16, 3:00 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents “Choices,” a collection of local literary gems. Stories, plays and poems by authors: Robin Beeman, Susan Bono, Sher Christian, Armando Garcia Davila, Gene Hottel, Chuck Kensler, Rita Losch, Linda Loveland Reid, Roger C. Lubeck, Hilary Susan Moore. Actors/directors: Kathleeen Haynie, RW Hessler, Beth Moise, Hilary Moore, Jeff Savage. Music: Patrick Michael McCarty. Tickets at the door: $15. Masks required.

Saturday, October 15, Noon to 4:30 p.m. Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Main Stage, free. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley. Poetry, nature writers and speakers, music. Details: https://poetryflash.org/programs/?p=watershed

Sunday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. Book launch for Linda Bello-Ruiz’s novel Betrayed. At The Country Mobile Park Clubhouse, 1180 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. The author will read from and describe her three-year writing experience to bring this “fiction, based on true events” novel to life. Refreshments provided.

Sunday, October 16, 4:00-5:30 pm. Occidental Center for the Arts Literary Series presents Glen Ellen author Elisa Stancil Levine and Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla at the five-year anniversary of the 2017 Fires. Reading from their recent works, This or Something Better, A Memoir of Resilience by Elisa Stancil Levine, and All the Fires of Wind and Light by Maya Khosla, these authors explore grief, desire, hope and strength in the wake of the firestorm. Free admission and all donations gratefully accepted. Book sales & signing to follow. Wine, beer, refreshments for sale. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, CA. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392.

Thursday, October 20, 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books welcomes Joan Frank to Montgomery Village in celebration of her two upcoming books, Late Work and Juniper Street. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. This is a free event. Masks required for in-store events. Copperfield’s Books-Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa.: Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/joan-frank-1

Friday, October 21, 11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. Book Passages presents Joan Frank reading from her two new books, Late Work and Juniper Street. Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Details: www.bookpassage.com/event/joan-frank-late-work-juniper-street-corte-madera-store

Friday, October 28,11:15 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. $7 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle through your bank. Round robin sharing. Hosted by Sher and John Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Sunday October 30, noon to 2:00 p.m. Open reading outdoors at Cafe Frida Gallery, 300 South A Street #4, Santa Rosa. Please place your orders for lunch or drinks quietly out of respect for the readers. You also will be able to order prior to Noon. Poet readers: Fran Claggett, Ed Coletti (hosting), Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Karl Frederick, Susan Lamont, Marty Lees (LeRenard), Pamela Singer, Viola Weinberg Spencer, Kathleen Winter, Steve Shain accompanying on bass.

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