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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!


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.

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 20 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series ~ Gillian Conoley, Danusha Lameris and William Greenwood will read from their published works. 7p at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St. 

Sep 20 ~ IS YELLOW BLACK OR WHITE? ~ Sheila Bare will give an introduction to this Fall's exhibit featuring Asian American literature and culture. 3pm at The Sitting Room,

Sep 27 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic ~ Redwood Writers will host its monthly Open Mic Reading at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 2-4 p.m. with featured readers Arletta Dawdy and Claire Drucker. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more info, go to

Oct 6 ~ A Write In ~ Preparing for the November NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month, Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Bring your computer, pencil and pad, parchment and quill, etc. After a brief introductory Q&A, we will write, write, write! 2-4p In the Party Room at the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Ln, Santa Rosa.

Oct 13 ~  Dining With Authors, come hear five authors read from their books/ Q & A from the audience.  Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa 6-9pm. Call or email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or Local Author’s Distributor:

Oct 17 ~ Hello, Goodbye: A Book Launch for Susan Bono ~  All good things come to an end, and after 19 years, editor and publisher Susan Bono is retiring Tiny Lights. Susan will read from her latest publishing project: What Have We Here: Essays about Keeping House and Finding Home. 7-p at Occidental Center for the Arts

Oct 18 ~  Jennifer Pharr Davis ~ author and hiking adventurer, will read from her latest book, Called Again. The book describes her 46-day hike on the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail. Pharr Davis was featured as one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year in 2012. In 2008, she set the record for the fastest Appalachian Trail hike by a woman, hiking an average of 38 miles per day. 2p,  Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way. INFO: 707-584-9121 ext 0910 

Oct 17 ~ Hello, Goodbye, Susan Bono, Occidental Center for the Arts. Tribute to editor/publisher Susan Bono’s Tiny Lights and book launch of her own essay collection What Have We Here. Readings, Q/A, book sales/signing. Free Admission. 7pm Refreshments sold. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. For more info: 707-874-9392 or

Oct 18 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series ~ Robin Becker, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University, is the author of seven poetry collections, including Tiger Heron, her latest. Brian Komei Dempster celebrates the 2014 - 2015 Bytes Book Award winner Topaz (Four Way Books). 7p at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St, Sebastopol

 Nov 6 ~ Books on Stage ~ poet Ruth Thompson reading from her books “Woman with Crows,” and “Here Along Cazenovia Creek.” Prose writer Don Mitchell will read from his novel “A Red Woman Was Crying.” Each author will read for approximately 30 minutes followed by a Q & A with a short intermission between readers.  Afterwards there will be refreshments available in the lobby and audience members will have a chance to talk with the authors and purchase a book.  7 PM Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale info -, 707-894-2214 


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. $75 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. 
Oct 16 ~ Stefanie Freele: Short Fiction author 
Nov 20 ~ Nina Amir: Editor and Book Coach 


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.

9/23: Santa Rosa / Vineyard Commons Seniors  12:30 - 2 Pm
9/23: Santa Rosa / Vigil Light Seniors  2:30 - 4 Pm
9/24: Forestville / River to Coast Children's Services Kindergym, Covey Rd Baptist Church  11 Am - 12:15 Pm
9/24: Forestville / El Molino High School  12:30 - 1:30 Pm
9/27: Larkfield / Larkfield Center  9 - 11 Am
9/27: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  12 - 2 Pm
9/27: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2:30 - 4:30 Pm
9/28: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
9/28: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
9/28: Bodega Bay / Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
9/28: Jenner  2:30 - 4 Pm
9/28: Monte Rio  4:30 - 6 Pm
9/30: Healdsburg / Junior High School  TBA
9/30: Healdsburg / Fitch Mountain Seniors  12:30 - 2 Pm
9/30: Healdsburg / Boys & Girls Club  2:30 - 4:30 Pm
9/30: 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)

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 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

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
Sep 5 ~ 20 - the 5th Annual Guerneville Library Art Show ~ Opening Day:  Friday September 5 @ 3-8 pm 1st Friday Art Walk Reception 6-8 pm Art Show Hours: Tues - Frid @ 11 am-5 pm, Sat 11 am-3 pm
Sep 27 ~ Master Gardener Fall Series ~ Planning and Designing a Low Water Use Garden by Linda King. 10:30am-12:30 pm
Oct 4 ~ Master Gardener Gayle Bergmann presents “Optimizing Your Time in the Garden” at 10:30a
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ Preschool Storytime  ages 3-5 at 11a
Oct 9 ~ Book Discussion group “Sisters Brothers” by Patrick de Witt at 12:30p
Oct 18 ~ Peter van Gelder Group at 2p. His lucid sitar style has won praise from audiences around the world. Peter and his group will present the music of India.
Oct 29 ~ Teen Pumpkin Carving at 5p.


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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