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LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams - Sonoma County CALENDAR


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!


Jul 18 ~ Poetry at the Sitting Room ~ Celebrating the publication of Joy Willow's first book. 7PM At The Sitting Room: A Community Library, 2025 Curtis Dr (just south of SSU off Petaluma Hill Rd.) 3 local women will be reading. Books will be available for purchase & signing. Light refreshments. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. Visit for map & parking options or email for more info.

Jul 24 ~ Microcosmos: A Poetic Cosmology ~ Jim Wilson, Poet and Author of Microcosmos. What is our place in the cosmos?  Where does humanity fit in?  And what is the human relationship with the world?  These kinds of questions can be answered scientifically, religious, philosophically, or poetically.  7:30 pm. 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871,

Aug 1 & 2 ~ Gigantic Comic Book Sale ~ Thousands of comic books, collectos editions and sets~ Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 3p at the Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd. 707-869-9004.

Aug 2 ~ A Thousand Slippers book signing and reading ~ A ballerina phenom, her vigilante father and an enemy fighter pilot all meet up in 1942 at the Music Box, a burlesque theater in San Francisco's Tenderloin District.  For further detail regarding this quirky WW11 story and other books by John, you can visit  Come help us celebrate and share some laughs at history's expense during a book signing and reading.  The date is Saturday, August 2nd, at 12 noon at the Rio Nido Lodge (past the Rio Nido Roadhouse) in Rio Nido. Snacks and refreshments will be available.  No reservations or RSVPs are necessary.  If you have any questions, you can email the author at or phone Brett at the hotel (604-7641)

Aug 16 ~ Celebrating Poetry at Fort Ross This year’s theme of ”Love and Romance in Russian California” will feature contemporary and historic Ross-cultural poetry (read in Russian and English), tea & piroshki, and, following an intermission, the musical film based on the famous Russian rock opera “Yuno and Avos.” In 2013 we were fortunate to have Pulitzer prize winning poet Gary Synder and Kashaya poet Martina Morgan (pictured) join us for a standing-room only event. Email us with questions. This event brought to you by Fort Ross Conservancy.

Jack London Book Discussion GroupThe book discussion group will explore autobiographical novels and biographical books about Jack London’s spectacular life and adventures. The discussion group will be held in the Terrace Picnic area next to the Cottage, accessed via the Ranch parking lot. Cost, which does not include parking, is $10 for individual sessions or $45 for all 5 meetings. Registration is available online.
Jul 18 & Sep 19 ~ The Book of Jack London, Volumes 1 & 2 by Charmian London ~ Written shortly after his death Charmian London wrote The Book of Jack London Volumes 1 & 2 almost as a love letter to her lost “mate.”
Nov 14 ~ Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor ~ In this much-anticipated and newly released biography of Jack London, Earle Labor draws from his lifetime of scholarship to meticulously reconstruct Jack London’s stunning life. 

Sep 7 ~ Donner Party Survivor. A true story told by pioneer Virginia Reed Murphy who turned 13 on the prairie and was snow trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for three months.  Virginia was lively and bold, but saw her adventure as quite different from that of Sweet Betsy of Pike! Virginia’s story is told in Chautauqua style by story performer and researcher, Cathryn Fairlee.  Following the performance, there will be time for Virginia to answer questions, as well as time to question Cathryn.  Drinks will be provided.  Feel free to bring snacks to share. INFO: Cotati House Concert,, 707-433-2297, Directions provided with reservations. 4 - 6 pm      $10 Reservations Required



Off the Page Readers Theater ~ The theme for our next show is: ”KARMA”. The show will open mid November, venue[s] TBA. We are looking for works of various styles and lengths: poems, confessions, narratives, anecdotes, riddles, plays, novels [excerpts from longer works].  SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED FROM JUNE 1 - JULY 1. All writers will be notified by Aug 1, of acceptance [yes/no]. Your submission should be no longer than 15 minutes when read aloud. Email submission to

Tiny Lights on-line Writer's Exchange: Share your thoughts - experiences and tips on writing with other writers. Send in your insights and share your knowledge. Each month we address a different question. Sign up then send submission to:

Flash in the Pan ~ Online Quarterly @ Tiny Lights. Time to send more Flashes. What is a Flash in the Pan? It's life caught in the blaze of a match, a beam of moonlight, the glare of a home-made explosion. These pieces of first-person non-fiction prose (500 words or less) are like potato chips--you won't be able to stop with just one. Our gems are posted quarterly in January, April, July and October on the Tiny Lights website. A select few appear in the hard copy editions of the magazine. Send your jewels to

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. $75 fee to cover production costs. For more info, contact Gary Carnivele: 707.225.1302 Email:



Jul ~ 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.
7/20: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
7/20: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
7/20: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
7/20: Jenner  2:30 - 4 Pm
7/20: Monte Rio  4:30 - 5:30 Pm
7/29: Healdsburg Area Events TBA (check
7/29: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
7/31: Sonoma County WIC Farmers Market, Guerneville Rd x Range Ave, SR  10 Am - 1 Pm

8/2: Roseland (Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd)  9 - 10:30 Am
8/2: Larkfield Center  11 Am - 12:30 Pm
8/2: Kenwood Market  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
8/2: Glen Ellen  3 - 4 Pm
8/2: Boyes Hot Springs  4:30 - 6 Pm
8/5: REFB Summer Lunch, Logan Place, PET  12 - 1:30 Pm
8/5: Lucky Market, Petaluma Blvd North, PET  4:30 - 6:30 Pm
8/9: Southpark Summer Day & Night Festival, MLK Jr Park  3 - 5 Pm
8/17: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
8/17: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
8/17: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
8/17: Jenner  2:30 - 4 Pm
8/17: Monte Rio  4:30 - 6 Pm
8/20: Vintage Park Seniors, SR  9:30 - 11:30 Am
8/20: Vintage Zinfandel Seniors, SR  12 - 2 Pm
8/26: Healdsburg Area Events TBA (check
8/26: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
8/31: Bloomfield VFD Fundraiser BBQ  12 - 3 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)

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations.
Jul 22 ~ Ellen Gustafson ~We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World. 7p at Copperfield's Sebastopol.
Jul 23 ~ Jacqueline Winspear ~The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War. 7p at Copperfield's Montgomery Village.
Jul 25 ~ Lit Night with Joseph Boyden ~The Orenda. 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
Jul 30 ~ Deborah Harkness ~The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3). 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
Jul 30 ~ Stuart Horwitz ~Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method. 7p at Copperfield's Montgomery Village.
Jul 31 ~ Elizabeth Murray ~Living Life in Full Bloom: 120 Daily Practices to Deepen Your Passion, Creativity & Relationships. 7p at Copperfield's Sebastopol.
Jul 31 ~ Maximillian Potter & Libations ~Shadown in the Vineyards. 7p at Copperfield's Healdsburg
Aug 1  ~ Maximillian Potter & Libations ~ free in-store talk followed by a wine and appetizer reception at Bob Johnson Art Gallery across the Healdsburg Plaza - 6p at Copperfield's Healdsburg
Aug 1 ~ Maria Gitin ~ This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight - 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
Aug 2 ~ Where's Waldo Scavnger Hunt all month- 10a at Copperfield's Petaluma, Sebastopol, Montgomery Village, Healdsburg
Aug 5 ~ Henry Trione ~ Footprints of the Baker Boy 5p at Copperfield's Montgomery Village
Aug 6 ~ Rhys Bowen - Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness Mystery #8) 7p at Copperfield's Books Montgomery Village
Aug 7 ~ Matthew Fox - Meister Eckhart 7p at Copperfield's Sebastopol
Aug 7 ~ Ern Gleeson - The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods 7p at Copperfield's Healdsburg
Aug 11 ~ Linwood Barclay - No Safe House 7p  Copperfield's Montgomery Village
Aug 12 ~ Lit Night with Malcom Brooks 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma
Aug 25 ~  Brian Doyle - The Plover 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma

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 Sebastopol Regional (707) 823-7691, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
Every Tues ~ Wee Read ~ Storytime for babies 0-24 months. 11:30a
Every Tues ~ Wiggle Time ~ Storytime, songs, and fun! Ages 2-5. 10:30a
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog ~ Come read to one of our reading team dogs. 3- 4pm. For more information please contact 823-7691 ext. 6.
Every Wed ~ Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime ~ (ages/edades 1-5) 11:30a
Every Thu ~ Wiggle Time ~ Storytime for ages 2-5. 10:15a
Jul 22 ~ Traveling Lantern: Johnny Appleseed ~ In this dramatic interpretation, John Chapman, an early American naturalist, travels the newly-expanding nation learning from Native Americans and spreading his growing knowledge to the pioneers. 11a
Jul 23 ~ Tween Craft Program ~ This week we will be making felted soap. 3:30p
Jul 29 ~ Magical Moonshine Puppet Company! ~ This program is part of the Sonoma County Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program – Fizz, Boom, READ! 11a
Jul 29 ~ Lego Club ~ We will provide the Lego bricks, along with a different theme each month. 3p
Jul 30 ~ Foodie Book Club ~ Ask at the library for the current meeting menu. 6-7:30p
Jul 31 ~ Henna Art for Teens ~ Express yourself with body art! Apply your own henna creation, or have henna artist Beth Bowman design one for you. 4-5:30p 
Aug 1-29 ~ Books & Boxes ~ The Sebastopol Library Art Committee presents Books & Boxes: The Literacy of Fine Art featuring Michele Bottaro, Brooke Holve, Rebeca Trevino, and Alice Liff.
Aug 2 ~ Adult Readres' Theater ~ – no acting experience needed and no stage fright! 2-3:30p.
Aug 27 ~ Foodie Book Club ~  Ask at the library for the current meeting menu. 6p

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

Guerneville Regional LIbrary ~   14107 Armstrong Woods Rd. ~ 707-869-9004.  All Programs are Free
Jul 19 @ 2pm ~ “SwingStreet” a Jazz Quintet.
Jul 26 @ 10am-2pm ~ Coding Camp for Kids: Minecraft Mods. Learn basic Java coding to make your own Minecraft mods! Sign up between Jun 1-14 by email or 707-545-0821 x 1553
Summer Reading Schedule:
Jul 2 @ 11 am ~ “Why Mosquitos Buzz”  Randal Metz Puppet company brings us the Adaption of the popular children’s book.
Jul 9 @ 11 am ~ Xtreme Science Magic: Get hooked on science with Don O’Brien in this fast-moving and interactive show full of experiments, demonstrations, and oodles of audience participation!
Jul 16 @ 11 am ~ Traveling Lantern Theater Company presents “Johnny Appleseed”  a dramatic interpretation of John Chapman traveling the nation.
Jul 16 @ 5 pm ~ “Didgeridoo Down Under”  Learn about Australian culture, animals and more, all while moving & grooving to the pulsing rhythms of the didgeridoo!
Jul 23 @ 11 am ~ Summer Reading Finale!  Craft, and ice cream! 
Aug 1 & 2 ~ Gigantic Comic Book Sale ~ Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 3p
Aug 14 ~ Brown Bag Discussion Group ~ Quiet : The Power of Introverts In a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain No sign-ups required and feel free to bring your lunch. 12:30-1:30p
Aug 20-23 ~ Summer Book & Bake Sale ~ Wed 4-7p, Thu 10a - 5p, Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 3p (Bag Sale). 


1st Mon ~ UUCSR Writers ~ Open to all levels. Oct-Aug, 4-6 pm, ‘Green Room,’ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa, 547 Mendocino Ave ~ 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, 7-9 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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