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LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams
Sonoma County CALENDAR

by Vesta Copestakes

Join like minds who love to read, write and recite. Plenty of people to share your passion for the written and spoken word...Enjoy!


Sonoma County Library - Coffee with the Director ~ Please join us for the new series of Coffee with the Director forums. These FREE events will provide an opportunity for residents to converse with Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear, ask questions, discuss issues, or simply meet the Director. For more information, call 707-545-0831 x 1553. These events will be held monthly at each of the Sonoma County Library branches so that residents across the county can participate. Dates, times, and locations are posted on the library website at
November at Healdsburg Library
December at Petaluma Library
January at Cloverdale Library
February at Windsor Library
March at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library
April at Guerneville Library
May at Sebastopol Library
June at Sonoma Valley Library
July at Northwest Library

Jan 10 ~ Author Talk with Jean Slone ~ Local Author Jeane Slone, will talk about ther latest book, “She was an American Spy”, and share thoughts about her previous two books,”She Flew Bombers” and “She Built Ships” in a free program at the Windsor Library at 2 PM. at 838-1020 

Jan 12 ~ Dining With Local Authors ~ A special event: book launch for Sisters Born, Sisters found A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood reveals the core of female hearts, divulges secrets, and captures poignant, compelling, complex relationships. Ten authors will read from the anthology. Call/email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or  $5 minimum food purchase 

Jan 17 ~ LumaCON 2015: Famed Local Illustrators Support Petaluma’s First Annual Comic Convention for Youth. ~ North Bay comics illustrators and authors are signing on to appear at Petaluma’s first comic and popular culture convention, LumaCon, on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Tom Yeates (“Prince Valiant”), Brent Anderson (“Astro City”), J.W. Rinzler (“The Making of Star Wars”), and Paige Braddock (“Jane’s World”) and many others will be displaying their work, and sharing their passion about comics, graphic novels, and pop culture publications with teens and children. The “shadow an artist” program allows students to sit side by side with a professional artist or writer for half an hour. Registration for “shadow an artist” and for the Youth Artist Alley are open now at the LumaCon website: Adults $15, Youth $5, Family $10, Under 10 FREE Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Herzog Hall, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma

Jan 23 ~ Book launch for Michael David Fels’ The Queen of Kansas ~ 7pm at Occidental Center for the Arts. Free admission but donations happily accepted! Refreshments. Selected readings by the author, Q&A, book sales and signing. 3850 Doris Murphy Court (corner of Bohemian Hwy and Graton Rd.) Further info: 707-874-9392 or

Jan 24 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series ~ The WordTemple Poetry Series kicks off the 2015 season with Ellery Akers, author of Practicing the Truth, winner of the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize and Joe Zaccardieditor of Changing Harm to Harmony — Bullies & Bystanders Project. Sonoma County poet Phyllis Meshulam will open with poems from Doll, Moon. 7p at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. FREE. For more information go to

Jan 27 ~ Journey Through the Genres: Fiction Book Club ~ Redwood Writers monthly book club featuring works written by members who will be available for questions. Books are for sale at Copperfield's. Meet the last Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Montgomery Village store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Schedule of authors/books  at

Jan 31 ~ Redwood Writers Library Open Mic ~  The theme in January is “One Last Chance.” The general public is invited to sign up to read.  10 a.m.-noon at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa.


Jan 11 ~ Stand Out on Your Own: Why You Don’t Need an Agent ~ Dynamic speaker and successful agent Laurie McLean will share insights from the trenches on the revolution going on in publishing and why it is no longer impossible to get published without an agent. 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Redwood Writers.

Jan 15 ~ Call for Love Poems ~ The Healdsburg Literary Guild is issuing an open call for LOVE poems for its annual Poetry Valentine reading to be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The selected poems will be published in a chapbook to be readied for the event. For further information, see

The Big Brick Review 1st Annual Essay Contest ~ the contest theme is loosely based on the concept of "building," which authors can interpret as creatively as they choose. Essays must be narrative non-fiction. 2,000 word limit, due Feb 16, 2015.

UUCSR Writers • Writers of all Genres. We meet 10 months a year, Jan-Oct, no meetings in November and December, on the first Monday of the month (except Sept-the second Monday) at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-568-5381. Time: 2-4 pm Writers regular monthly meeting. Writer presentations of a work in progress. Novelists, Poets, Memoirs, Screenwriters, whatever your chosen work, come and share your written words with us. Information: Georgette G. deBlois,,

WriterSpeak ~ GEM Productions is looking for North Bay writers who are interested in appearing as a guest on WriterSpeak, a half hour talk show that will allow you to promote your work. Looking for Local writers who have a book, e-book, anthology, play or screenplay to talk about. $125 fee to cover production costs. For more info, contact Gary Carnivele: 707.225.1302 Email:

Writers Forum ~ features a variety of presenters exploring the craft and business of writing on the third Thursday of each month. Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park, 320 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. NEW TIME: 6:30 to 8:30p, $10 at the door. 
Nov 20 ~ Nina Amir: Editor and Book Coach 

Redwood Writers Academy 2015: 3 Workshops to Take Your Work From Inspiration to Publication ~ Start off 2015 with three Sunday morning workshops focusing on crafting your best work and launching it into the world: Jan. 11 with Joshua Mohr on plot and character, Feb. 8 with Stuart Horwitz on the Book Architecture Method, and March 8 with Joel Friedlander on Pathways to Publication. The workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per workshop or $75 for the series for members, or $40 per workshop or $100 for the series for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. 


Early Literacy ~ Events for children at Sonoma County libraries. READ-TALK-PLAY-SING programs at all library branches. Schedule:

Free Bookmobile Info  707.520.4536  Check us out on Facebook: 
Volunteer Opportunities! Looking for motivated persons and families to help with book drives, book pickup/delivery, event promotion, sorting, and on-site assistance at our big events.

Bookmobile December SCHEDULE:
 12/6: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  10 - 11:30 Am
12/6: Glen Ellen / Post Office  12 - 1 Pm
12/6: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
12/6: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  3 - 4:30 Pm
12/13: Roseland / California Children's Services MTU Holiday Celebration, Meadow View Elementary School  3 - 6 Pm
12/16: Petaluma Area Events TBA
12/16: Petaluma / COTS Mary Isaak Center  5:30 - 7 Pm
12/20: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
12/20: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
12/20: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital  12 - 1 Pm
12/20: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
12/20: Monte Rio  3:30 - 5 Pm
12/21: Larkfield / Larkfield Center  9:30 - 11 Am
12/21: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  11:30 Am - 1 Pm
12/21: Cotati / Oliver's Market  1:30 - 3 Pm
12/30: Healdsburg Area Events TBA
12/30: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm

Bookmobile Donation Locations Your books aren't having much fun getting dusty on the shelf! Please take a moment to box up the best of your collection and drop them off at any of the locations below:
Paul's Empire Head Shop & Engine Supply ~ 112 Roberts Ave, Santa Rosa (546-4324)

Exchange Bank ~ 136 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa (539-1505)
Exchange Bank ~ 6290 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park (584-7300)
Argent Bank ~ 201 North Main St, Sebastopol (827-2265)

Argent Bank ~ Inside G&G Market, 701-B Sonoma Mtn Pkwy, Petaluma (781-2265)
The Windsor UPS Store ~ 9048 Brooks Rd South, Windsor (838-3853)
Sonoma 76 Station ~ 195 West Napa St, Sonoma (996-3555)

Sonoma County Libraries ~ Visit for event details
Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10am
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 10:45a
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Jan 3 ~ Sing and Play with Elizabeth Boaz ~ 2p
Jan 22 ~ Lego Club (ages 6-12) 3:30p
Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 2p
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p
Every Thur ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Thur ~ Toddler Wiggletime (18 to 35 month) 11a
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5) 10:30a
Jan 2 ~ Build Club (6 to 12 years old) ~ 4p
Jan 10 ~ Chaskinakuy - Andean Village Music 2p
Jan 14 ~ Family Movie Night (all ages) 6p
Jan 20 ~ Book Discussion 11:30a
Jan 20 ~ Teen Book Bag Construction Project 4p
Jan 22 ~ Mid-East Tapestry: A Musical Magic Carpet Ride 6:30p
Jan 24 ~ Pam Brown Storytime (Ages 2-6) 11a
Jan 27 ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a
Jan 31 ~ Teen Valentines Guessing Game all day
Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Thu ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Fri ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 11a
Jan 3 ~ Minecraft Coding Camp (grades 6-9) 10a
Jan 10 ~ Lego Club (ages 5 & up) 11a
Jan 10, 24 ~ Read to a Dog 1p
Jan 10 ~ The Peter van Gelder Group : Sitar Music of India 2p
Jan 14 ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p, 6:30p
Jan 14 ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p
Jan 23 ~ “Rose Pruning” presented by Sonoma County Master Gardener Jim Lang. 10:30a
Jan 24 ~ Michael Castle: American Roots Music 2p
Jan 30, 31 ~ Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries Book Sale 10a
Feb 3 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance 1p
Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E St, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 11a
Every Tue ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Babytime (3-17 months) 11:15a
Every Tue ~ Plaisir de Lire (ages 5 & up) 3:15p
Every Wed ~ After-Nap Wiggle Time (age 3-36 months) 3:30p
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Jan 8 ~ Great Books 1p
Jan 13 ~ Mystery Book Discussion: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith 12p
Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa
Every Thu ~ Read to a PALS Dog 3:30p
Jan 10 ~ Honey B and the Pollinators 2p
Jan 10 ~ The Mosey Boys: Bluegrass, Blues, and Folk music 2p
Jan 23 ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Jan 27 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 12p
Jan 31 ~ Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 2:30p
Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Building 100, Windsor
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Beginning Internet 6p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (ages 0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 11:30a
Every Wed ~ Read-Along Book Club (grades 2-5) 4p
Jan 3 ~ Lego Club (ages 6-12) ~ 2p
Jan 10 ~ Author Jeane Slone ~ 2p
Jan 13 ~ Windsor Library Book Discussion 2p
Jan 24 ~ The Mosey Boys 2p
Jan 27 ~ Tweens Create: Fun with Felt (ages 9-12) 4p
Jan 31 ~ African American Folktales with Kirk Waller (ages 5 & up) 2p
Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg
Every Sat ~ Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10:30a
Jan 6 ~ BiblioBop Dance Party (ages 0-5) 10:30a
Jan 7 ~ Science Fair Library Night (grades K-8) 6p
Jan 9 ~ Fitness Fun with MyGym (ages 0-3) 10:30a
Jan 10, 24 ~ Read to a Dog 11a
Jan 10 ~ "Build it" Lego Club (ages 5-12) 2p
Jan 16, 23 ~ Wee Read Bilingüe 10:30a
Jan 21 ~ Tween Book Club (grades 4-6) 4p
Jan 21 ~ Science Fair Mentoring Clinic (grades K-8) 5:30p
Jan 28 ~ Honey B and the Pollinators 7p
Jan 31 ~ Super Science: Fun with Slime (ages 5 & up) 10a
Jan 31 ~ Science Fair Mentoring Clinic (grades K-8) 1p
Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
Jan 8 ~ Book Discussion: "The Men Who United the States," by Simon Winchester 2p
Jan 21 ~ Coffee with the Director 9a
Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
Every Tue ~ Wiggle Time for Preschoolers (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Wee Read for Babies (0 to 24 months) 11:30
Every Wed ~ Cuentos y Cantos – Bilingual Storytime 11a
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p
Jan 7 ~ Winter Booksale 5p
Jan 8 ~ Winter Booksale 10a
Jan 9 ~ Winter Booksale 10a
Jan 10 ~ Winter Booksale 10a
Jan 24 ~ Getting Started with E-books 11a
Jan 24 ~ Publishing 101 with Rebecca Lawton 2p
Jan 27 ~ Lego Club (ages 6-12) 4p
Jan 31 ~ Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 11a
Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St, Sonoma
Every Thu ~ Toddler Time (ages 0-3) 10:30a
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11:30a
Every Fri ~ Drop-in Computer Orientation 11a
Jan 8 ~ Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library 3p
Jan 8 ~ Sonoma Library Advisory Board Meeting 4p
Jan 10 ~ Author talk, Sylvie Simmons, author of I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen 2p
Jan 31 ~ Saturday Story and Craft Time! (all ages) 10:30a
Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Jan 8 ~ Book Discussion: "Dear Life: Stories," by Alice Munro 12:30p
Jan 10 ~ Getting Started with E-books 11a
Jan 22 ~ Sonoma Reads! Book Discussion Group 2p
Jan 23 ~ Master Gardener Jennifer Roberts presents “Wonderful World of Worms” 10:30a
Jan 24 ~ Chaskinakuy: Andean Village Music 2p
11th annual Reader’s Theatre ~ Jan 28 @ 7 pm
Jan 31 @ 2 pm 


Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations.

Events at Many Rivers Books, 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871, Check out - and add comments to - our new Many Rivers blog available from the Many Rivers homepage, or at
Every Tues ~ Renewal of Presence Practice Group ~ With the Tayu Meditation Center staff. Join us for an ongoing discussion of these issues, and for engagement with exercises that explore the practical metaphysics of renewing and intensifying Presence in every moment of existence. 7:30pm
Every Other Wed ~ Opening to Insight: Meditation and Discussion ~ Join us here at Many Rivers every other Wednesday for a guided meditation practice and discussion. The meditations that we will be practicing are perfect for beginners and for those who want to deepen their practice. Everyone is welcome! 7:30pm.

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~ 



1st Mon ~ UUCSR Writers ~ Open to all levels. Jan-Oct, 2-4pm, In the Party Room at the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Ln, Santa Rosa ~ 707-568-5381 ~

1st & 3rd Sat ~ Finding your Voice ~ A women’s writing workshop. Writing exercises, sharing works, & feedback. $15 each; 11-1. Contact Lee Meryl Senior, 707-869-2407,

2nd Tue ~ Center Literary Café ~ Featured speaker, followed by open mic. Donation. 7 pm (6:30 doors), Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ Cynthia Helen, 707-696-1111,

Wed ~ Life Stories Class ~ Try our kind & encouraging class. No age requirement. Free. 1-3pm, Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ 707-431-3324 ~

3rd Wed ~ WordTemple ~ Katherine Hastings hosts poetry interviews, readings, & reconstructions. 7:00-8:00 pm, KRCB 91.1 FM ~

3rd Wed ~ Sitting Room Book Group ~ 2 -4pm.

Thurs ~ UUCSR Writers Morning Coffee ~11 am - 12:30 noon • in the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy's Home Ice Arena. We meet once a week for lighthearted conversation about who’s doing what in our literary community.

3rd Thu ~ Writer’s Forum ~ Explore the craft & business of writing. $15 at the door. Feb-Nov, 6:30-8:30p pm, Petaluma Community Center at Luchessi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd ~

Alternate Fri ~ Writing Group for Adults ~ with Chester Aaron. Fees $10-$20; donated to Occidental Center for the Arts. Alternate Fridays, 1-3 pm, Occidental. RSVP: 707-874-9392 or

3rd Sat ~ Open Mic Poetry Circle ~ Hosted by Mike Tuggle. All welcome. 11 am, River Reader Bookstore, 16355 Main St, Guerneville ~ 869-2240,

2nd Sun ~
Northbay Poetry Slam ~ hosted by BeSage. Lyrical verbalists of all ages welcome. $5 cover. 8 pm (7 doors), Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol ~ Brianna Sage, 483-7231

3rd Sun ~ Healdsburg Literary Guild ~ Thirs Sunday Salon. Featured reader followed by open mic. Free & open to the public. 1:30-3:30p. The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave. ~ 

Redwood Writers Club ~ Monthly meeting. $5/$8. Light refreshments. 2:30-5 pm, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa ~ 707-578-8938 ~

Westword ~ Salon with facilitator Gor Yaswen. Smoke- & fragrance-free meeting. $1.00 donation. 4:00 pm, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St ~ 707-829-1549 ~

 Poetry Reading & Workshop ~ Hosted by poet Sher Christian. By donation. 12:30-2:30 pm, Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol ~ 707 829-6600 ~

Book Discussion Groups ~ Bring a brown bag lunch, book, & banter. ~ 

Classics Book Club ~ Erin, 481-3488 or

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