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June 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

Friday Mornings, June 2, 9, 16, 23  and 30, 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, June 2, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Matt Callahan, author of The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975, in conversation with author and music critic Joel Selvin. As the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media, Callahan, an author, musician, and native San Franciscan, offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings of ‘60s San Francisco. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/conversation-mat-callahan-and-joel-selvin

Friday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Cafe Society series, featuring contemporary women writers in a cafe-style setting, presents award-winning local poet Alexandra Teague’s imaginative debut novel, The Principles Behind Flotation. This lighthearted coming-of-age story tells the tale of a teenage girl determined to become the first oceanographer of the Sea of Santiago, an apparently miraculous body of water that unexpectedly appears in a cow pasture in Arkansas. Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/cafe-society-alexandra-teague

Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, June 4, 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Third Annual Bay Area Book Festival in downtown Berkeley offers a literary extravaganza to anyone who has ever loved a book, focusing this year on literary activism. Highlights include over 200 authors, 100 literary events and 200 exhibitors, including children’s activities. Outdoor events are free; indoor events are ticketed ($15 general admission to all events, first come/first served or $8 priority seating per event). Schedule, list of exhibitors and more information at: https://m.baybookfest.org

Saturday, June 3, 10:00-11:15 a.m. Sonoma County author Joan Frank moderates a panel at the Bay Area Book Festival, First Books: What It Took to Get There. She will be talking with four successful authors from Ireland, Switzerland, Finland, and Mexico (Colin Barrett, Jonas Lüscher, Pajtim Statovci and Aura Xilonen) whose first books received rave reviews and awards in their own countries as well as internationally. At the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Boiler Room. More info at: https://m.baybookfest.org/session/first-books-what-it-took-to-get-there

Saturday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The David Randolph New Way Media Festival 2017 presents Call Down the Angel. Susan T. Mashiyama, Kirk Lumpkin, Ed Coletti, Justin Coletti, Kirk Charles Heydt, Steve Shain, Nico Morris and David Madgalene offer original songs and poems in this heartfelt love letter to “the black and unknown bards” who created the roots gospel blues music of the Southeastern United States. Free and open to the public. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. Info: 707-328-3325.

Sunday, June 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Sitting Room’s Birthday Party. Let them eat Cake! Not reason enough? Come then to hear the always poignant and telling readings from the Sitting Room’s annual publication (see www.sittingroom.org/publish.html) which will stimulate conversations among us all on the curiously real relationships we have established with literary characters. If you want to come dressed as your favorite literary character, all the better! Details on this event as well as book club meetings at: www.sittingroom.org/events.html

Mondays June 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. Snoopy’s Writers meets on Mondays 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. Whether we have 2 or 20 people, Monday afternoon at the Warm Puppy Cafe is a way of life for the writer…without the distractions of what needs to be done at home. 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. Email: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net or Dawn undertheredfedora@gmail.com. Web: www.snoopyswriters.com. Blog: www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com.

Monday, June 5, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features two wonderful Bay Area poets, Prartho Sereno and Nancy Cherry. After the features we’ll continue the evening with our usual open mic. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. Please prepare up to three minutes of poetry—your own or another poet’s—to share. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma and is open throughout the evening for food and beverages. This reading marks our fourth anniversary as a series. We invite you to celebrate with us. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays 

Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jumpstart writers meet at Copperfield’s Petaluma on the first four Mondays of each month, excluding August and December. Workshops are facilitated by Susan Bono and Marlene Cullen, alternating months. Creative prompts are used to inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. All writers are encouraged to come. ($15 per workshop). Find more information at: www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.html

Wednesday, June 7, 7:00-9:00 p. m. Alameda Island Poets monthly free reading, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., features prizewinning poets Claire J. Baker and Robert Eastwood. Open mic follows features. Light refreshments. Pass the hat.

Thursday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. Join Why There Are Words (WTAW) at Studio 333 in Sausalito as seven acclaimed authors explore the theme Arrivals. Doors open at 7:00; readings begin at 7:15. The entry fee is $10.00 at the door, though donations to WTAW, a 501(c)3 nonprofit are always welcome! Featuring Elaine Fletcher Chapman, Barbara Edelman, Rachel Hall, Toni Mirosevich, Lisa Rizzo, Andrew Roe and Renate Stendhal. Curated and hosted by Peg Alford Pursell. More details at:  www.whytherearewords.com

Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. “Bold Moves.” Seven lively actors from Off the Page Readers Theater bring to life scenes from the work of 11 local authors. Whether it’s due to young infatuation, family expectations, kindness to strangers, disagreeable shopping, the loss of a friend, or dealing with a robot and a couple of cats, there are times in everyone’s life where bold moves are required. Ranging from poignant to quirky to hilarious, the scenes—pulled from plays, stories, and poems—speak to the theme. “Bold Moves” authors are Shayna Billings, Susan Bono, Sher Lianne Christian, Armando García Dávila, Dana Gioia, Jodi Hottel, Chuck Kensler, Jo-Anne Rosen, Sarah Saulsbury, Michelle Wing, Jean Wong. At Copperfield’s Bookstore, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Tix @ the door: $10 student, $15 general. Doors @ 7:30, Music @ 7:45, Show @ 8:00 p.m. More details at: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/bold-moves-1; email: sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com

Saturday Mornings, June 10 and 24, 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, June 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Memorial poetry reading dedicated to poet/artist/novelist Vince Storti, at Alameda Free Library (Meeting Room), 1550 Oak St., Alameda. Read one of Vince’s poems, a tribute poem to Vince, or share a memory/story. Potluck Reception and sign up for Open-Reading, 1:30 p.m. Open-Reading, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, June, 10, 7:30 p.m. “Bold Moves.” Off the Page Readers Theater performs the works of 11 local writers, at Copperfield’s Bookstore, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Tix @ the door: $10 student, $15 general. Doors @ 7:30, Music @ 7:45, Show @ 8:00 p.m. See June 9 listing for details.

Saturday, June 10, 8:00 p.m. Sonoma County Public Library Foundation Fundraiser Event with Fredrik Backman. His novel Beartown is about a forgotten town on its last legs, a broken community fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. This fundraiser event coordinated in partnership with the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation is ticketed, with proceeds benefiting Sonoma County’s public libraries. Tickets are $50 for 1 person (includes 1 copy of the book) and $70 for 2 people (includes 1 copy of the book). Tickets and additional details available at: www.eventbrite.com/e/sonoma-county-public-library-fundraiser-with-author-fredrik-backman-tickets-33706704661. Location: Sonoma County Library, Central Branch, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa.

Sunday, June 11, 11:30 a.m. Book launch for Kay Mehl Miller’s Ring Around Reality, A Novel. Hummon Hall, Faith Lutheran Church, 4930 Newanga Avenue, Santa Rosa. Miller will read from her book and lead a discussion on alcoholism. For this event, book price is $15.

Sunday, June 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday Literary Open Mic (normally third Sunday, second Sunday in June only), 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, June 11, 2:30 p.m. Redwood Writers invites you to a talk with Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), to discuss flash fiction — how a different type of creativity emerges within a hard compositional limit. Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. For more information go to www.redwoodwriters.org. Public is welcome. $10.

Sunday, June 11, 3:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Delia Ephron, whose electrifying novel Siracusa is a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel, delivered with the bestselling author’s inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart. Copperfield’s Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/paperback-release-party-delia-ephron

Sunday, June 11, 4:00 p.m. Celebration for winners of the History of Sonoma County Poetry Contest, who will read their poems about the history of our county. Dining room of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol.

Wednesday, June 14, 12:00 p.m. Meet and Greet at Copperfield’s Books. Featured Book: Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense by Laurie R. King. Come by to chat with the author as she signs books. Using a premise pulled from the headlines—the very real vulnerability of students and teachers and the power of a community to come together and prevail—the New York Times-bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries delivers a contemporary novel of psychological suspense. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/meet-greet-laurie-r-king

Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Brave New Worlds series presents Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, co-authors of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Stephenson (Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash) teams up with Galland for a near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, intrigue, and adventure. At Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/brave-new-worlds-neal-stephenson-nicole-galland

Thursday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Writers Forum presenter, Skye Blaine, will talk about: Excavating Memories, Revealing Yourself to Yourself. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma. Free. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us

Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. “Bold Moves.” Off the Page Readers Theater performs the works of 11 local writers, at Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Ave., Sebastopol. Tix @ the door: $10 student, $15 general. Doors @ 7:30, Music @ 7:45, Show @ 8:00 p.m. See June 9 listing for details.

Saturday June 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. A movement and writing workshop with Sharon Bard. Engage in gentle creative movements and literary expressions. All levels welcome. Sharon is a local writer and a certified yoga instructor. Contact her at srbard@comcast.net to register or for more information. Suggested donation: $20 -$40, proceeds to benefit the Sitting Room. See Workshops page for details.

Saturday, June 17, 1:00 p.m. First Annual Lit-Art Crawl of Sebastopol. Lovers of literature and art are invited to hit the streets of downtown Sebastopol to enjoy readings and art exhibits offered by the pubs, cafes, coffee houses, tasting rooms, and bookstores. Copperfield’s will host West County writers from 1-2 p.m. and poets from The History of Sonoma County poetry contest from 3-4 p.m. Copperfield’s readings at 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. More information on venues at: https://lit-art-crawl-sebastopol.com

Saturday, June 17, 1:00–4:30 p.m., “Women’s Writing and Intention Circle” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. This is a great place to check in with yourself, connect with others, and continue the process of illuminating, exploring, and deepening your intentions for this lifetime. The more you come back, the more you’ll recognize the power of your intentions as you write, share, and celebrate your life. For workshop details, see Workshops page. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. Sebastopol. $67. www.susanhagen.com

Saturday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Gabriel Thompson presenting Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture. Thompson returns to Copperfield’s to discuss his new anthology of oral stories about the hardships, bravery, solidarity, and creativity experienced by migrant farmworkers. Copperfield’s, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/gabriel-thompson-0

Saturday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Cafe Society series presents Karma Brown’s In This Moment. The bestselling author of Come Away With Me and The Choices You Make returns with a morally infused, emotionally riveting exploration of one woman’s grief and guilt. Copperfield’s Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/cafe-society-karma-brown

Sunday, June 18, 4:30 p.m. Michael Krasny in Conversation with Jane Smiley. At Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol. KQED radio talk show host Michael Krasny will be joined by author Jane Smiley, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning A Thousand Acres and the much-acclaimed The Greenlanders, as well as many other novels, short stories, nonfiction books, and young adult novels. Her most recent book is Golden Age, the third in a trilogy that spans 100 years of a Midwestern family’s history. For tickets and information, go to: www.seb.org/event/3554021-author-dinner-talk-jane-smiley

Monday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Cafe Society series presents Jane Green’s The Sunshine Sisters. Warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid, the newest novel by the New York Times-bestselling author of Jemimah J and Falling is the story of a mother who calls her estranged daughters home to help her end her life. Copperfield’s Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/cafe-society-jane-green

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. Books on Stage featuring Janelle Hanchett, author of the blog “Renegade Mothering,” at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Janelle has hundreds of thousands of new visitors and loyal readers each month and has 55,000 fans and subscribers. Her writing has been published in Brain Child, Mamalode, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Parenting magazines, among others. In 2014 she was a BlogHer “Voice of the Year.” Janelle will give a talk and an interview, followed at 8:30 by a literary salon featuring conversation with the author, wine, and cheese. Hosted by Janet Vail. Suggested donation is $10. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. For more information, go to cloverdaleperformingarts.com/books-on-stage.

Thursday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Thumbprint Cellars series features Dave Boling. This free event starts with an author talk at Copperfield’s Healdsburg and end up two doors down at Thumbprint Cellars with a signed book and a glass of featured wine. Boling’s novel The Lost History of Stars is set in  turn-of-the-century South Africa, where Dutch Afrikaner settlers are being held in a concentration camp during the early Boer War.  Copperfield’s, 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/thumbprint-cellars-series-david-boling

Friday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books features Barry Lancet discussing The Spy Across the Table. The latest installment of New York Times-bestselling author Lancet’s edge-of-your-seat international thriller series features Japanese antiques art dealer-cum-P.I. Jim Brodie. Copperfield’s, 1330 Lincoln Street, Calistoga. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/barry-lancet

Friday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Renate Stendhal’s memoir Kiss Me Again, Paris. After escaping from her family in Germany, Stendhal eked out a living as a cultural journalist in Paris. From Paris’ famous opera house to its gossip-rich salons, this memoir follows her walking the City of Lights’ nighttime streets dressed as a boy, befriending artists and writers, and celebrating youth at the end of the ‘70s. Copperfield’s, 138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/renate-stendhal

Saturday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. A group of enthusiastic young writers will share their own recently completed novels at Star Academy’s Annual Author Event hosted by Copperfield’s Books in downtown San Rafael. Fifty-nine students in grades 1-12 wrote and collaborated on 49 novels during the school year as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Copperfield’s, 750 4th Street, San Rafael. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/community-event-star-academy-annual-author-event

Saturday, June 24, 7:00 p.m. WordTemple book launch for Gregory W. Randall, a Sonoma County poet celebrating his first full-length collection, A Cartography of Selves. Mark your calendars now for a party and reading at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. A Midsummer’s Write: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Clara Rosemarda, in Santa Rosa. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Sunday, June 25, 2:00 p.m. The Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show brings together poets from all over the Bay Area to read their own work and others’ aloud. Come hear local poets share their verse, be it humorous or poignant, dramatic or sublime, short, punchy, pithy, or informal. Event host Jennifer Nichols welcomes readers Susan Browne, Susan Cohen, Rebecca Foust, Roy Mash, Jeanne Wagner, and Dawn McGuire. Copperfield’s, 850 4th Street, San Rafael. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/marin-poetry-center-summer-travelling-show

Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books and Redwood Writers Spotlight on Fiction. John Grayson Heide’s novel The Flight of the Pickerings is a poignant love story that touches on the right for self-determination while infusing the subject with deep humanity and humor. Facing his wife’s mounting pain and inevitable death, Guy Pickering wants to take control—but his noble intentions fall comically apart with unpredictable twists of fate. At Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/redwood-writers-spotlight-fiction-john-grayson-heide

Thursday, June 29, 10:00 a.m–12:30 p.m. First of six morning workshops. 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, June 29, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Sonoma County’s #nastywoman Series: Roxanne Gay. From the bestselling author of Bad Feminist comes Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.  Tickets: lutherburbankcenter.org or 707-546-3600; $25 ticket includes entry ticket; $55 includes ticket + 1 copy of Hunger. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Spring Road, Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/copperfields-books-presents-sonoma-countys-nastywoman-series-roxane-gay

Friday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Mystery Cafe presents Jennifer Kitses discussing her novel Small Hours. In the vein of Richard Russo’s suburbian classics, this gripping, gorgeous debut novel is told hour-by-hour over the course of a single day in which a husband and wife try to outrun the long-buried secrets that suddenly begin to surface. Copperfield’s Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Court,Santa Rosa. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/mystery-cafe-jennifer-kitses

Mark Your Calendar for July 2017

Saturday, July 1, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Nina George discussing her novel The Little French Bistro. From the New York Times (and internationally) bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop comes an extraordinary new novel about self-discovery, second chances, and finding true love. Copperfield’s, 104 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/nina-george

Monday, July 3, 6:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features two wonderful East Bay poets: Gary Turchin and Jeanne Lupton. After the features we’ll continue the evening with our usual open mic. Signups start at 5:45 p.m. Please prepare up to three minutes of poetry—your own or another poet’s—to share. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma and is open throughout the evening for food and beverages. This reading marks our fourth anniversary as a series. We invite you to celebrate with us. Contact: Sande Anfang, wrdpntr51@gmail.com. Details: www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays

Friday Mornings, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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 8, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “Women Writing around the Medicine Wheel” with author & writing guide Susan Hagen. Write to explore playfulness, spontaneity, and being present in the body. In this series, we explore and write from the Medicine Wheel, an ancient teaching about the cycles of nature and the way they mirror human life. This session takes us into the south, the place of summer, child, playfulness, and being in the body. Here you’ll explore life through the body; how your senses inform you about your world, and how to access those details that are stored as body memories. The day includes instruction and sharing in circle, time on the land, and writing exercises. Beginning, experienced, and exploring writers of all genres are welcome. At a beautiful, private, outdoor location in Guerneville. $137 in advance, plus $15 land-use fee. www.susanhagen.com

Tuesday, July 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights at Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Four Redwood Writers Club authors read each week from their newly published books. Fiction: William Haigwood, Davenport; Marian Lindner, The Witch Lineage; S.C. Alban, A Life Without Living; Roger DeBeers, Murder is Forever. Updates at: http://redwoodwriters.org/hot-summer-nights-2017

Thursday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. Get Lit reading series at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor. Get Lit features three guest readers (TBA) with a short open mic immediately following. For updates: https://www.facebook.com/getlitreadings

Thursday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents Books on Stage with Carolyn Cooke and Randall Babtkis. Carolyn Cooke and her husband Randall Babtkis will both read from recent work and talk about integrating the creative life with married life. Carolyn’s most recent book, Amor and Psycho, was named one of the best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly and the San Francisco Chronicle. Randall blends poetry with prose and art with artifact, and his work has appeared in The Quarterly, Slash Magazine, The Columbia Review, and Five Fingers Review. Both serve on the faculty in the interdisciplinary MFA Program at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale. For more information, go to cloverdaleperformingarts.com/books-on-stage.

Tuesday, July 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights at Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Four Redwood Writers Club authors read each week from their newly published books. Non-Fiction/Fiction: Jan Ogren, Choose Life: Poetry, Prose and Photography; Dorothy Rice, The Reluctant Artist: Joe Rice 1918-2011; Kay Mehl Miller, Ring Around Reality; John Freedom, Heal Yourself With Emotional Freedom Technique. Updates at: http://redwoodwriters.org/hot-summer-nights-2017

Saturday Mornings, July 22 and 29, 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 22, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. What a Character!: A Study of Character Through the Enneagram of Personality for Writers & NonWriters, with Clara Rosemarda, Santa Rosa. Details on Workshops page. Contact Clara at 707-579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net.

Tuesday, July 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Hot Summer Nights at Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Four Redwood Writers Club authors read each week from their newly published books. Fiction/Non-Fiction: Alex Moores, Living in Water; Susanna Solomon, More Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls; Cathy Wild, Wild Ideas—Creativity from the Inside Out; Jean Wong, Hurtling Jade And Other Tales of Personal Folly. Updates at: http://redwoodwriters.org/hot-summer-nights-2017

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