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October 2017 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 sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.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

Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers meets at The Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA. Free WiFi. Our Meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Monday at the Warm Puppy Cafe is a way of life for the writer. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and/or lunch. Bring your computer, begin or continue writing your novel, short story, memoir, etc., work on research projects or, make a presentation…Hold Court, read aloud a few chapters, poems, etc. from your Works in Progress and, if you request, receive feedback. Info: Georgette, ggdeb@sonic.net; www.snoopyswriters.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com.

Monday, October 2, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets at the Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma, features two fine poets, Gregory Randall and Clyde Always, followed by our popular open mic. Please join us and bring up to three minutes of poetry to share. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays

Monday evenings, October 2, 16, 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jumpstart your writing with Marlene Cullen. We write for a variety of reasons: to tell a story, or what happened as we remember it . . . maybe fiction, or fiction based on truth. For Jumpstart writing it doesn’t matter why you’re writing. Join us for a fast-pace style of free-writing. Bring a notebook and pen. Beginner and experienced writers welcome. $15 per workshop, Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Tuesday mornings, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Jumpstart your writing with Marlene Cullen. We write for a variety of reasons: to tell a story, or what happened as we remember it . . . maybe fiction, or fiction based on truth. For Jumpstart writing it doesn’t matter why you’re writing. Join us for a fast-pace style of free-writing. Bring a notebook and pen. Beginner and experienced writers welcome. $15 per workshop, Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Elin Hilderbrand’s novel Winter Solstice. In the conclusion of Hilderbrand’s best-selling Winter quartet, she gives us a celebration of everything we love—and some of the things we endure—about the holidays. Winter Solstice is Hilderbrand at her festive best. Healdsburg Store, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/elin-hilderbrand-2

Wednesday, October 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Alameda Island Poets monthly free reading, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., honors Indigenous Peoples month with features John Curl and Nanette Deetz. Open mic follows features. Light refreshments.

Wednesday, October 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m. West Side Stories Petaluma, at Sonoma Portworks, 613 2nd St, Petaluma. True personal stories. You don’t have to, but if you want to tell a story, just toss your name in the hat. Ten tellers max. get chosen to tell a five-minute true story based on the evening’s theme: Random Acts of Kindness. Details: www.davepokornypresents.com/west-side-stories

Friday Mornings, October 6, 13, and 20, 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, October 6, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death. For 36 years, Ken Holmes worked as a coroner in Marin County. Complete with poignant anecdotes about everything from finding hidden clues at death scenes to notifying families with sensitivity and compassion, the book provides a fascinating firsthand glimpse into the daily life of a public servant whose work is dark and mysterious, yet necessary for society to function. Novato Store, 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/ken-holmes

Saturday Mornings, October 7 and 21, 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, October 7, noon-4:30 p.m. Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Civic Center Park, Berkeley. Free. More info at www.poetryflash.org.

Sunday, October 8, 2:00–4:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Club monthly meeting features Skye Blaine on Memoir: Honing Your Craft & the Value of Solid Critiquing Skills. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. For more information go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Public is welcome ($10).

Monday, October 9, 11:00 a.m. Phyllis Meshulam will discuss the journey to her new book, Land of My Father’s War with Elaine Holtz, host of the “Women’s Spaces” broadcast on KBBF, 89.1.

Monday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Amisted Maupin’s Logical Family: A Memoir. In this long-awaited memoir, the beloved author of the bestselling Tales of the City series chronicles his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to ground-breaking writer and gay rights pioneer. Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/armistead-maupin-0

Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Lynn Freed reads from her essay collection, Romance of Elsewhere, at Reader’s Books, 130 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Thursday, October 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Get Lit, a monthly reading series hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, will feature Amy Bess Cook, Alex Simand and Cameron Kelly. An open mic follows (five minute limit). Aqua Cafe: 189 H St., Petaluma. More details at facebook.com/GetLitReadings.

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Albert Flynn DeSilver’s Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life. Based on the wildly popular writing workshop series, Writing as a Path to Awakening shows readers how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in their own writing. Montgomery Village Store, Santa Rosa, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/albert-flynn-desilver

Friday, October 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. First session of free Readers Theatre course offered by SRJC Older Adults Program through December 8. Instructor: Bill Trzeciak. At 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa. See Workshops page for details.

Friday, October 13, 3:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 15, 3:15 p.m. Three-day Inaugural Wine Country Spoken Word Festival. The Wine Country Spoken Word Festival is hosting local storytellers as well as national and international spoken word artists and poets at various locations in Petaluma for a community-wide celebration all weekend long. Among those scheduled to perform: New York Times best-selling author Sarah Vowell, poet Steve Connell (performed for President Obama and the U.N.), Bil Lepp (5-time Champ West Virginia Liars Competition), and plenty of local talent including Cathryn Fairlee, Amanda McTigue, Hal McCown, Leslie Scatchard, and Brandon Spars, plus festival host Dave Pokorny. Featured artists, schedules and tickets at: www.davepokornypresents.com/wine-country-spoken-word

Saturday, October 14, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Writing With Passionate Presence: A One-Day Memoir Workshop with Clara Rosemarda. At Santa Rosa Jr. College. Fee: $68. Details on Workshops page.

Saturday, October 14, 2:00 p.m. Copperfields San Rafael’s featured book: William Shakespeare’s the Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh by Ian Doescher. Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you’ll be convinced it was written by the Bard. San Rafael Store, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/star-wars-shakespeare-party-ian-doescher

Saturday, October 14, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Author readings from The Write Spot Anthology: Discoveries at the Spoken Word Festival, Della Fattoria, 141 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. Tickets at: www.davepokornypresents.com/wine-country-spoken-word

Sunday, October 15, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 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.

Sunday, October 15, 1:30 p.m. Phyllis Meshulam reads from Land of My Father’s War. Healdsburg Literary Guild, The Bean Affair in Healdsburg, 1270 Healdsburg Ave.

Thursday, October 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum presents: An Evening with Cameron Kids, Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. Free. Children’s Book Publisher, Nina Gruener; Children’s Book Art Director, Melissa Greenberg, Children’s Book Editor, Amy Novesky, and illustrator Wednesday Kirwan will talk about children’s book publishing. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Friday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. Brave New Worlds: Copperfields Books hosts emerging and established sci-fi, speculative fiction, horror, and fantasy authors. Brian Allen Carr’s debut novel Sip is a lyrical, apocalyptic novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival. What’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome cities, who are protected from natural light and shadows, and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-brian-allen-carr

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Enneagram of Personality: A Study of Character for Writers & NonWriters with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Saturday, October 21, 2:00-4:00 pm. 3 Books, 3 Authors, 3 Genres, at the Sitting Room, 2015 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Dan Coshear, Patricia Nelson, and Jean Wong will be presenting an interactive reading and writing workshop. Details on Workshops page. Refreshments, no charge. Contact Jean Wong: marcjeanhw@comcast.net

Saturday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. Phyllis Meshulam reads from Land of My Father’s War at WordTemple reading series. Also reading are Sharon Doubiago and Rosa Lane. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. Writers from Marlene Cullen’s and Susan Bono’s Jumpstart Writing Workshops will read excerpts from The Write Spot Anthology: Discoveries, a unique interactive book revealing techniques to ignite imaginative writing. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. Jumpstart Writing details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Sunday October 22, 2:00 p.m. Riffs, spiels, poems & diatribes: A rare & endangered species of writing will come to life at the Iota Printshop, 925d Gravenstein Highway, in Sebastopol. For eight years now judi goldberg & Eric Johnson have been bouncing words off each other (& the wall) while setting type, making books, & general mischief. You can call it a poetry reading or a spoken word performance or a last hurrah, but do come calling at 2:00 that afternoon or you’ll be sorry.

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series presents Nevertheless, They Persisted: Stories from the Left Coast, by the West County Writers Circle. Four years ago, a group of Occidental women created a writers’ sanctuary of freedom, acceptance, and encouragement. Nine women from this Circle contribute to this book of memoir, fiction and poetry. Free admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Selected readings, book sales and signing. Refreshments for sale. OCA: 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. OCA’s facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org or 707-874-9392

Friday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. An Evening of Ghost Stories at Copperfield’s Books with Ross Lockhart and Friends. Edited by Copperfield’s own Ross E. Lockhart, Tales from a Talking Board examines auguries, divination, and fortune telling through devices like Ouija boards, tarot cards, and stranger things. Event attendees are encouraged to “come as you were”: dress as your favorite famous or literary ghost for a spirited costume contest! Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/evening-ghost-stories-ross-lockhart-friends

Saturday, October 28, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Patrick N. Hunt’s Hannibal. An archaeologist and historian, Hunt has led expeditions in the Alps and elsewhere to study the achievements of Hannibal, the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its knees. Calistoga Store, 1330 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/patrick-n-hunt

Mark Your Calendar for November 2017

Wednesday, November 1. Kick-off to NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Sign up at https://nanowrimo.org for pep talks and support.

Thursday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. Phyllis Meshulam reads from Land of My Father’s War. At Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Saturday, November 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Healdsburg, Meet and Greet Barbara Baer, presenting her novel The Ballet Lover.

Sunday, November 5, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sixteen Rivers Press 2017 Fall Fundraiser. An afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a reading by acclaimed poet Jane Hirshfield. Tickets: $40 (Brook), $75 (Stream), $100 (Tributary), $150 (River), or $250 (Watercourse) per person. For location and tickets, go to: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3077941

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Lee Slonimsky: Author Reception & Reading. Healdsburg Center for the Arts 130 Plaza Street. Lee Slonimsky, long-time favorite author and teacher in Sonoma County, returns to Healdsburg. Join us in an exclusive evening of Lee reading from his latest book Lion, Gnat and in conversation with the audience. Readers from around Sonoma County will be featured in the 5-minute Open Microphone program.

Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Lee Slonimsky Writing Workshop: The Poetry of Looking out the Window. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street. $15 at the door; please reserve your place: chb@healdsburgcenterforthearts.org. Details on Workshops page. Contact Cynthia Helen Beecher 707.696.1111.

Wednesday, November 8, 7:00–9:30 p.m. First of six Wednesday evenings. DEEP INQUIRY: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Thursday, November 9 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. First of six Thursday mornings. DEEP INQUIRY: Memoir Writing as Spiritual Practice with Clara Rosemarda. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Friday Mornings, November 10 and 17, 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, November 11 and 18, 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

Sunday, November 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Barbara Baer presents her novel The Ballet Lover at Reader’s Books in Sonoma with guest Patty O’ Reilly of Sonoma Conservatory of Dance.

Sunday, November 19, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series. The Ballet Lover by Barbara Baer exposes the beauty and cruelty in the professional world of ballet, the intense performances, the backstage intrigues, and the stars, Rudolf Nureyev and Natalia Makarova. Extended conversation about the novel with author Barbara L. Baer, ballerina/SSU dance instructor Jennifer Jaffe, and writer/moderator Susan Swartz. Q&A to follow, with book sales and signing. Free event, donations are always appreciated. 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.

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