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April 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, April 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sebastapol Center for the Arts presents Elizabeth Herron (via Zoom) reading poems from her latest book Insistent Grace, followed by time for audience Q&A and meaningful conversation. Details and registration: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/insistent-grace-poems-by-elizabeth-c-herron

Thursday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. LOBA Poetry Series at Ukiah Library. Live, virtual open mic readings on Zoom. Join in to read or just listen to great poetry ! This free event is open to both teens & adults – all are invited to share poems in any form or style. Registration is required. Please contact Melissa at the Ukiah Library for the Zoom link: carrm@mendocinocounty.org

Friday, April 30, 11:30 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. Hosted by Sher and John Christian: http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com

Friday, April 30, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Spring Poetry Mixer. Sign up: https://wnba-sfchapter.org/rsvp-form-mixer/

 

Mark Your Calendar for May 2021

Saturday May 1 through Sunday, May 9, Bay Area Book Festival (Virtual). Dozens of renowned speakers, including Orville Schell, Joyce Carol Oates, Kazuo Ishiguro, Vendala Vida, many more. Ticketed and free events. Youth programs and “after parties.” Details and registration: www.baybookfest.org

Saturday, May 1, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet the Author at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Rosa. Nancy J. Martin, From the Summer of Love to the Valley of the Moon, Memoir. In Hardistys/Rite Aid parking lot. (masks required)

Monday, May 3, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features Meryl Natchez and Eileen Malone. Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE. Sign up in advance for open mic at aqus.com/online. Fill out the Jotform. If you’ve read with us before, you can skip the “about me” section. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed.

Wednesday, May 5, 12:00 noon. Book Passage presents Jan-Philipp Sendker, novelist and former correspondent for Stern, discussing his new novel, The Heart Remembers, the final book in the bestselling The Art of Hearing Heartbeats trilogy, free, online. Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-jan-philipp-sendker-heart-remembers-online-event

Thursday, May 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. $5 donation. PayPal.Me/poetrysher, friends and family option or Zelle. Hosted by Sher Christian, http://flyingchairproductions.weebly.com.

Thursday, May 6, 5:00 p.m. Book Passage presents novelist Adam Mansbach (Rage is Back, The End of the Jews) discussing his new book, I Had a Brother Once, part poem, part memoir, in conversation with novelist Daniel Alarcón (Lost City Radio), free, online. Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-adam-mansbach-i-had-brother-once-online-event

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. Copperfield’s Books presents Joy Lanzendorfer online. Featured Book: Right Back Where We Started From, a sweeping, multigenerational work of fiction that explores the lust for ambition that entered into the American consciousness during the Gold Rush and how it affected our nation’s ideas of success, failure, and the pursuit of happiness. Details and registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/joy-lanzendorfer-online

Friday, May 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents Poetry Power in May with Fran Claggett-Holland and Linda Loveland Reid (via Zoom). Details and registration: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/powerofpoetry-may2021

Friday, May 7, 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, May 8, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet the Author at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Rosa. Zia Wesley, The French Sultana, Historical fiction. In Hardistys/Rite Aid parking lot. (masks required)

Saturday, May 8, 3:00 p.m. City Lights Books celebrates the release of Mule Kick Blues, the last collection of poetry by acclaimed Beat poet Michael McClure (1932-2020), featuring a discussion with poet Eileen Myles (Not Me, Chelsea Girls), Anne Waldman, poet and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and poet and editor for City Lights Garrett Caples, free, online via Zoom. Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3774

Wednesday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. Book Passage/Extended Session presents Pulitzer-Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri live online. Join her to celebrate the release of Whereabouts, her first novel in a decade, which stretches her themes of exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement to the limit. $40 includes complementary copy of book.
More details and registration at: https://events.extendedsession.com/jhumpa-lahiri/

Wednesdays, May 12, 19, 26, 7:00-8:15 p.m. Write into Spring: Virtual May workshops. Writers of all levels will be introduced to spring-related poetry, prose and folklore designed to prompt their own in-class writing. Facilitated by Karen Pierce Gonzalez. Details: www.facebook.com/FolkHeartPress

Thursday, May 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents a virtual Workshop with Sonoma County Poet Laureate Phyllis Meshulam. Phyllis will clarify themes for the county-wide poetry anthology. Free or by donation. Details and registration: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/workshop-with-sonoma-county-poet-laureate-phyllis-meshulam

Friday, May 14, 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, May 14, 6:00 p.m. Point Reyes Books presents poet, essayist, and artist Rikki Ducornet, discussing her new novel, Trafik, a story of an astronaut living in a post-Earth future and her adventures in search of the planet Trafik, in conversation with novelist Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation), free, online. Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/rikki-ducornet-and-jeff-vandermeer

Saturday, May 15, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet the Author at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Rosa. Sally Vedros, Fixer, Suspense. In Hardistys/Rite Aid parking lot. (masks required)

Saturday, May 15, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Redwood Writers Club presents Memoir: Writing the Call to Action with Heidi Huhn via Zoom. Kuhn is the Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian-nonprofit organization founded in September 1997, with a vision to transform MINES TO VINES—replacing the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural farmland. Learn about her memoir writing process and the value of her book writing journey. The monthly meeting will be recorded and made available to registrants. All CWC members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Details and registration: https://redwoodwriters.org

Saturday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. Book Passage and ExtendedSession present Anne Lamott, live and online. Join New York Times best-selling author Anne Lamott for Writing 101: COVID College Edition, and learn everything Anne knows about writing, and some of what she’s learned about life during COVID College. Details and tickets: https://events.extendedsession.com/anne-lamott-writing101

Sunday, May 16, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Book Passage presents How to Get Your Book Published, an online class with John J. Geoghegan, designed to help writers improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or non-fiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent or publisher. Tickets: $75. More details and registration: www.bookpassage.com/event/online-class-john-j-geoghegan-how-get-your-book-published

Sunday, May 16, 4:00 p.m. Occidental Center for the Arts presents Shakespeare Everywhere! Join Sonoma County author Jean Hegland (whose most recent book, Still Time, has been called “a novel Shakespeare would be proud of”) in conversation with a panel of four fabulous artists (a rapper, a cartoonist, a zine editor, and a Young Adult novelist ) who are incorporating Shakespeare into their own work in fresh, exciting, and powerful ways. This virtual event is free. OCA members can register for the Zoom option; non-members can enjoy via YouTube. For more info, go to occidentalcenterforthearts.org and click on upcoming events.

Monday, May 17, 5:00 p.m. Book Passage presents best-selling novelist Maggie Shipstead (Seating Arangements) discussing her new novel, Great Circle, a story of a daring female aviator in the early twentieth century and the woman playing her in a film a century later, free, online. Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-maggie-shipstead-great-circle-online-event

Wednesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. Book Passage & ExtendedSession present Rabith Alameddine: Five Things I’ve Learned About Being Grumpy. Join internationally-acclaimed writer Rabih Alameddine ONLINE and discover the few things he’s learned about the elasticity of identity and imagination. Tickets: $40. More details and registration: https://myfivethings.com/class/rabih-alameddine

Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Point Reyes Books presents Noah Warren, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, reading from and discussing his collection of poems, The Complete Stories, joined by poets Armen Davoudian (Swan Song), Randall Mann (Propriety), and Katie Peterson (A Piece of Good News), free, online. Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/noah-warren-complete-stories

Friday, May 21, 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, May 22, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet the Author at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Rosa. Thonie Hevron, Felony Murder Rule, Thriller/Suspense. In Hardistys/Rite Aid parking lot. (masks required)

Monday, May 24, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Rivertown Poets features poet and biographer Iris Jamahl Dunkle. Iris has two new books: a poetry collection and a biography of Charmian London. She will read from both of them. (Please note that this reading will be on the 4th Monday instead of our usual 3rd Monday.). Open Mic Reading (3 minutes per reader, 20 readers max). ONLINE. Sign up in advance for open mic at aqus.com/online. Fill out the Jotform. If you’ve read with us before, you can skip the “about me” section. Join the meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/6508887879 or just show up at aqus.com/online. Click on “Weekly Poetry Reading.” No password needed.

Tuesday, May 25, 7-8:30 pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts Fourth Tuesday Zoom Poetry Series presents ‘Elements of Nature’—Readings from the 8 poets of Poetic License Sonoma and special guest Abayomi Animashaun. Presenting poets: Abayomi Animashaun, Paul DeMarco, Susanne Arrhenius, Joe Cutler, Kusum Jain, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski. Paul DeMarco will be the MC for this evening. 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-elements-of-natureThe reading is free, although additional donations to The Sebastopol Center for the Arts are welcome.

Friday, May 28, 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, May 29, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet the Author at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Rosa. Kooch Daniels, Mystic Spirit, Tarot Playbook, Mystical/Tarot. In Hardistys/Rite Aid parking lot. (masks required)

 

Mark Your Calendar for June 2021

Thursday, June 3, 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.

Thursday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum Online. Presenter, Stacey Dennick will explore point of view in a lively discussion. Free. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum”

Friday, June 4, 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, June 5, 1:00 p.m. Book Passage & ExtendedSession present Russell Shorto: Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing Family History. Join New York Times bestselling writer Russell Shorto ONLINE and discover the five things he’s learned about diving into your past and bringing the story you find there to life. Tickets: $60. More details and registration: https://myfivethings.com/class/writing-family-history/

Friday, June 11, 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, June 12, 1:00 p.m. Book Passage & ExtendedSession present Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner: Five Things I’ve Learned About What It Takes to Finish a Book. Join Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press ONLINE, and discover the five things they’ve learned about the essential mindsets that will help you get your book finished. Tickets: $40. More details and registration: https://myfivethings.com/class/grant-faulkner-and-brooke-warner

Friday, June 18, 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, June 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Book Passage & ExtendedSession present Billy Collins, The Driver’s Seat of Poetry: A Live Poetry Session. Join Billy Collins ONLINE for this live, three-hour poetry session, in which he’ll pull from decades as a literature and poetry professor and tackle many of the enduring questions around how to create and write poetry. Tickets: $75. More details and registration: https://events.extendedsession.com/billy-collins

Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. Writers Forum Online. Susan Bono and M.A. Dooley read excerpts from The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year. Then we’ll write, using prompts from the anthology. Free. Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Click on “Writers Forum”

Friday, June 18, 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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