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January 2019 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

Wednesday, January 2, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Story Time Open Mic at Hardcore Coffee in Sebastopol. Bring a 5-minute story to tell. $5, 81 Bloomfield Rd, on the corner of 116 and Bloomfield in Sebastopol. Scent free event. Dress warmly. I will arrive early to get space inside or in the outdoor kiva-like space with a fireplace. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Listeners welcome. May your new year be filled with wonderful stories and each day unfold as a joyous chapter in your life story! Hosted by Sher Christian.

Wednesday, January 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Poets of Paradise, CA, featured in book launch! Alameda Island Poets FREE reading is dedicated to and a fundraiser for poets of Paradise. The reading at Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St., Alameda launches The Art of Awe 2; The Power of Your Creative Spirit, compiled by Natica and Richard Angilly. Poets and authors from Alameda and around the world share poems, essays, and poetic dance techniques on the topic of awe. The reading is hosted by Nanette Deetz and Cathy Dana. Light refreshments and open mic follow features. We pass the hat.

Sunday, January 6, 3:00 p.m. Words Off Paper is a celebration of the voices of writers and artists. This month we will be listening to local authors Francine Falk-Allen, Patricia Dove Miller, Amanda McTigue, Laura Deutsch, and host of Words Off Paper, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder. Copperfield’s Books, 999 Grant Ave, Novato. www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/words-paper-0

Mondays, January 7, 14, 28 (no meeting on 21st), 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Meet with serious, good-natured writers weekly, (except holidays) Mondays, at Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café Party Room. Our meetings are free and have an “open library-like” creative atmosphere. Read your “work in progress” or chat about it. Buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or lunch at the Warm Puppy Café, Snoopy’s Home Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (Near Coddingtown); www.snoopyshomeice.com. Routes 6 and 10 Buses stop in front of the 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.netwww.snoopyswriters.com, www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Monday, January 7, 6:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets will be featuring two exceptional Northern California poets: William O’Daly and Kathleen McClung, followed by open mic. This will be a don’t-miss evening of fine poetry. What a great way to kick off another year of our now well-oiled series! Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays/. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. The reading begins at 6:15 sharp.

Monday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. Literacy Works and Copperfield’s presents Jackie Speier, reading from her new book Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, Undaunted reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/literacyworks-copperfields-books-presents-jackie-speier

Thursday, January 10, 7:00 p.m. Join Why There Are Words at Studio 333 in Sausalito for a special 9th anniversary celebration. A spectacular line up of authors will help ring in the new year and kick off another year of Why There Are Words: Nisha Batsha, Jack Boulware, Lydia Kiesling, Dickson Lam, Huda Al-Marashi, Caille Millner Nayomi Munaweera, and Jeremy Vasquez. For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see the website www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

Saturday, January 12, 5:00 p.m. Napa Knockout: an Evening of Heavyweight Poetry, presented by Tucker Farm Center in Calistoga. Join poets JodiAnn Stevenson of Michigan, Napa County Poet Laureate Jeremy Benson, Nick Triglia of Rutherford, Georgina Marie of Kelseyville, and Jim Mac Donald of Yountville as they read poems from their homemade chapbooks, copies of which will be for sale at the live event (cash only, please). Wine and refreshments will be served. Free entry. Contact jer.benson@gmail.com for info. 1201 Tucker Road – Summit Drive @ Highway 29, Calistoga.

Sunday, January 13, 3:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series. Local and beloved author, Barbara L. Baer, launches her latest novel, The Last Devadasi. Passionate and forbidden love clashes with tradition and caste in a changing India. Selected readings, Indian dance troupe performance, Q&A, book sales and signing. Exotic refreshments. Admission free, all donations gratefully accepted. Wine and beer for sale, refreshments by donation. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is wheelchair accessible. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com.

Sunday, January 13, 3:00 p.m. Literacy Works and Copperfield’s presents Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali in conversation. From bestselling author, Dave Eggers comes Monk of Mokha, the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali. This true story weaves together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man—a Muslim and a U.S. citizen. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/eggers

Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents their new show, “What Goes Around…” Off the Page is a Sebastopol based Readers Theater group dedicated to supporting the works of local writers and actors. Musical opening by Patrick Michael McCarty and the stories, plays and poems of these writers: David Beckman, Malena Eljumaily, Jeremy Mitchell, Peter Moller, Margo Perin, Laurie Reaume, Jo-Anne Rosen, Linda Saldaña, Lisa Shulman, and Bright Winn. Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Tickets at the door: $15 general, $10 students. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show.

Saturday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Leslie Patten. Featured Book: Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul Through Science and Story. When Leslie Patten encounters mountain lion tracks near her home outside Yellowstone National Park, she begins a journey to learn about these elusive, unseen animals. Personal tracking stories provide a framework as the author delves deeper into the heart of lions. Travel along with the author as she discovers the secret lives of America’s largest wild feline. Copperfield’s, 999 Grant Ave., Novato. Details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/leslie-patten

Saturday, January 19, 7:30 p.m. Off the Page Readers Theater presents: “What Goes Around…” Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. See January 18 listing for details.

Sunday, January 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Literary Open Mic: Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. 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, patio, or hallway, depending on weather. Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else. Listeners welcome. $5. Scent free event. Plan to arrive by 12:20 to get settled. Hosted by Sher Christian.

Sunday January 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Fiction and Poetry Mixer at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High Street, Sebastopol. Ron Thomas will be featured reading from his recently published novel, I Want To Walk You Home. Devika Brandt, Donna Emerson, and Helen Heal will read poetry.

Sunday January 20, 3:00 p.m. matinee. Off the Page Readers Theater presents: “What Goes Around…” Abacus, 101 S. Main St., Sebastopol. See January 18 listing for details.

Sunday, January 21, 1:30 p.m. Third Sunday Salon presents Waights Taylor Jr. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, now living in Santa Rosa, California, Waights has written five books, starting with two non-fiction books: Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic: An Artist’s History of the Slavic People (2008), and the award-winning Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham—The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth Century (2011). Three murder mysteries followed, a trilogy featuring private detectives Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker: the award-winning Kiss of Salvation (2014), Touch of Redemption (2016), and concluding the trilogy, Heed the Apocalypse (2017). At The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave Suite 101, Healdsburg. http://hbglitguild.org

Mark Your Calendar for February 2019

Friday February 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jonah Raskin gives a two-hour talk titled, “Writing Murder Mysteries,” as part of the OLLI A La Carte series, Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. To register go online to www.sonoma.edu/exed/olli or call 707.664. 2691. Raskin is the author of 16 books, including the murder mystery Dark Land, Dark Murder.

Saturday, February 2, 8:00 p.m. Night of Ideas. San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and the French Consulate in SF unite to present a seven-hour marathon of debate, performance, readings, screenings, and music that envisions the “city of the future.” The inspired crew of local artists and writers includes: Julien Poirier, Ash Tré Philips, Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Robert Andrew Perez, Ava Koohbor, Lisa Gray-Garcia, Josiah Luís Alderete, Thea Matthews, Jack Hirschman, and Flavia Mora. At SF Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. More details: www.pw.org/literary_events/night_of_ideas

Monday, February 4, 6:00 p.m. Rivertown Poets will be featuring Judy Bebelaar and Clare Morris, both fine poets and wonderful women of brilliance and charisma, followed by open mic. Please prepare up to three minutes of poetry—your own or another’s—to share. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays/. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. The reading begins at 6:15 sharp.

Wednesday, February 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Story Time Open Mic at Hardcore Coffee in Sebastopol. Bring a 5-minute story to tell. $5, 81 Bloomfield Rd, on the corner of 116 and Bloomfield in Sebastopol. Scent free event. Dress warmly if it’s cool. I will arrive early to get space inside or in the outdoor kiva-like space (covered) with a fireplace. Listeners welcome. Hot or cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase. “Those who tell the stories rule the world.” —Hopi American Indian proverb. Hosted by Sher Christian.

Sunday, February 10, 2:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents John Boessenecker, author of Shotguns and Stagecoaches, the true stories of these Wild West heroes who guarded the iconic Wells Fargo stagecoaches and trains, battling colorful thieves, vicious highwaymen, and robbers armed with explosives. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/john-boessenecker

Thursday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. Why There Are Words presents Somewhere Else. Ever feel like being somewhere else? There’s no better place to be than with Why There Are Words on February 14 at Studio 333 in Sausalito. Six acclaimed authors will take us to places both familiar and distant, as they read from their works on the theme of “Somewhere Else:” Anita Felicelli, Ksenia Lakovic, Julayne Lee, Micah Perks, Robert Rorke, and Christy Stillwell.. For more information, including the authors’ full bios, see the website www.whytherearewords.com or email whytherearewords@gmail.com. Phone: Studio 333 at (415) 331-8272. Doors open at 7; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

Friday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. In honor of Black History Month: OCA Book Launch Series presents local historian Michael Morey’s Fagen: An African American Renegade in the Philippine-American War. In 1899, David Fagen, a Buffalo Soldier, gains fame as a Filipino revolutionary. Free event, all donations happily accepted. Talk and selected readings, Q&A, books sales and signing. Refreshments by donation, wine & beer for sale. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is accessible to people with disabilities. For more info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com.

Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Alan Brennert, author of Daughter of Moloka’i, the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Brennert’s bestseller Moloka’i have been waiting for fifteen years. Copperfield’s, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/alan-brennert

Saturday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books Lit Night Series presents Terry Gamble, author of Eulogist. The Lit Night series brings outstanding literary authors to a dedicated group of fans. From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, Eulogist is an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. More details: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/lit-night-series-terry-gamble

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