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LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams and Library Events
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!


Please note ~ All Sonoma County Libraries will close at 2 pm December 24, reopen on December 26 at 10 am. All Sonoma County Libraries will close at 2 pm on December 31, and reopen on January 2  at 10 am.

Book of Art Available ~ The Artists of Becoming Independent: A Photographic Portrait Series by Christian Peacock. This new, beautiful 53 page catalog, highlighting the 29 artists in our Santa Rosa Professional Arts program, is now available to purchase. Includes artist biographies! Purchase through Becoming Independent Professional Arts website

Sonoma County Reads Into the Beautiful North ~  The Sonoma County Library urges all residents to join in this year’s selection for “Sonoma County Reads”—Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North, or Rumbo al Hermoso Norte. The 2015 community read will begin in November and continue into December, with multiple copies of the book available for checkout at your local library branch. This year’s selection is available in both Spanish and English, and the Library will have many copies in each language. 

The Egrets on 9th St.- Writer: Carol Ciavonne recently published “The Birds: An Assemblage of Egrets” in the online literary magazine, Entropy. Carol Ciavonne’s essays and reviews have appeared in Poetry Flash, Xantippe, and Pleiades. Poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Boston Review, Colorado Review, New American Writing and How2, among other journals. Her collection of poetry, Azimuth (2014) is available from Jaded Ibis Press. A selection from the poems in Birdhouse Dialogues (LaFi Publishers 2013) with artist Susana Amundaraín, has been performed by The Imaginists theater group in Northern Californi

Nov 28 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic ~ at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, 2-4 p.m. with featured readers Nina Tepedino and  Skye Blaine. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more information, go to Join in for camaraderie and good literature. Support Gaia’s Garden with a purchase of healthy, delicious food and/or a premium beverage ($5 minimum). Gaia’s Garden is located at 1899 Mendocino Avenue, near Santa Rosa Junior College. Free parking is available behind the restaurant in the shared lot with Community Market. 

Dec 9 - 12 ~ River Friends of the Library Book Sale ~ Wed 4 - 7pm, Thu 10am-5pm, Sat 101m-5pm (Sat $ per bag day. Guerneville regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville INFO: 707-869-9004

Jan 16 ~ Redwood Writers Library Open Mic ~ Redwood Writers hosts the next Library Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa from 10a-noon. The theme is “In the Nick of Time.” The general public is invited to sign up to read. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to


Memoirs Class & Group ~ Don't just have a past - share it! Learn to write and tell tales of personal & family history a new, easy way. Free to all ages at Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N High St, Sebastopol Tuesdays 1:30-4:00p. 707-829-1549

The Wild Book Show 2015 ~ Exhibition dates: Dec 11-Jan 17, 2016. Opening reception: Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 to 5 pm; closing Salon, Sunday, Jan. 17, 4 pm
Delivery dates: Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 am– 5 m or Monday, Dec. 7 from 10 to noon. Artists are invited to make a book celebrating our “wild” environment, from the microscopic to the cosmic. Wild Books will be sold through a silent auction to benefit GRO’s Artists in the Schools program. Wild Book artists receive 50% of the auction price of their book if it is $50 or more, or may choose to donate the entire sale to GRO’s Artists in the Schools program. The Wild Book Show is not a juried exhibition; books for the auction are accepted on a first-come basis but GRO reserves the right not to accept or exhibit books that do not meet exhibition guidelines. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Ste. 101, Point Reyes Station

Redwood Writers ~ 2015 contest for non-fiction writing. ~ December 15th Deadline. Winners will be announced at the February 14th 2016 general membership meeting. For details, go to

UUCSR Writers ~  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. We meet 10 months a year, Jan-Oct on the first Monday of the month (except Sept-the second Monday) from 2 to 4 pm at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-568-5381

Directory of Sonoma County Writers ~ The Literary Update is creating a directory of Sonoma County Writers. If you are interested in being listed, send the material you would like included: e.g., photo (jpg), 100-word bio, web and/or blog links, and contact information. E-mail to sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.com

Sitting Room anthology 2015 ~ The theme for 2015 is "An overlooked female author." Share a body of work or a single book by an author neglected, ignored, or underestimated by the academy and by the general reading public. Persuade us, cajole us, why would would "just love" to read this author generally or a specific book of hers. Anyone may participate. The editor this year is Lucille Friesen, who graciously volunteered this major assignment. How to send? Go to the Style Guide!

WRITER/SPEAK ~ Would you like to be interviewed for a half-hour cable TV show? A You/Tube of the show and DVDs to promote yourself as an author is included in the fee.  Filmed at the Cmedia lab in Santa Rosa. Contact: or 707-696-4847. 

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, $15 at the door.  
Oct 10 ~ Rayne Wolfe: The Art of the Interview: Mining for Gold; Behind most great stories is a challenging interview. Newspaper reporter and columnist, Rayne Wolfe will share some of her methods for identifying sources, mining for quotable gold and turning interviews into stories. 

Snoopy's Writers ~ CURRENTLY our "Think Tank" is talking about "What is Plot?" Snoopy’s Writers meet EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM 1-4 pm at THE WARM PUPPY CAFE. Some of us write and some of us talk about writing while we write. We do not hold to traditional rules of order about "meeting". Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Info: Georgette G. deBlois


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 Schedule:
11/29: Forestville / Tree Lighting Ceremony  4 - 6 Pm
12/5: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center 9:30 - 11 Am
12/5: Glen Ellen / Post Office 11:30 Am - 12:30 Pm
12/5: Kenwood / Kenwood Market 1 - 2 Pm
12/15: Geyserville 5 - 6:30 Pm

12/19: Larkfield / Wells Fargo Center Farmers Market  8:30 - 10:30 Am
12/19: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd 11 Am - 12:30 Pm
12/19: Cotati / Oliver's Market 1 - 2:30 Pm
12/19: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd 3 - 4:30 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 

We would love to know where you think we should distribute books.  We especially appreciate advance notice of fairs, festivals, and other rural and low-income area events that don't charge an entrance fee.  Don't be shy, drop us a line... 

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; RSVP here and save 10% on event books on the night of the event.
Nov 24 ~ Sarah Johnson Hadler, 7p Sebastopol 
Dec 5 ~ Carrie Brown, 11a, Whole Foods Culinary Center
Dec 5 ~ Matt Gaser, 2p, Petaluma
Dec 5 ~ Jeff & Brittini Vega, 2p, Sebastopol
Dec 5 ~ Annalies Zijderveld, 7p Healdsburg
Dec 5 ~ Lucia Capacchione, 7p Montgomery Village

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

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~
Nov 28 ~ It's Our Birthday, 10:30a-7p 


Sonoma County Libraries ~ Visit for event details

Free Workshops for College-Bound Students ~ College-bound students and their families can find help navigating the sometimes daunting process of applying to four-year colleges. Continuing our free “Path to College” workshop series begun in May, the Sonoma County Library will present a total of eight programs at five different library branches throughout the County beginning in September. For more information about each program please check the detailed listings in our online calendar

Homework Help ~ Free homework assistance for grades K-12. Don’t settle for a low grade because of homework! Get free homework coaching in the Homework Help program at your local library. Interested in volunteering to be a Homework Helper? Click here for information on how to apply!

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 Tue ~Homework Help 3:30p
Every Wed ~ After-Nap Wiggle Time (age 3-36 months) 3:30p
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Thu thru Aug 27 ~ Youth Chess Club 10:30a
Every 2nd Thur ~ Great Books 1p
Dec 3 ~ Sonoma County Reads: Into the Beautiful North, 2p
Dec 8 ~ Mystery Book Discussion, 12p
Dec 12 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House, 1p
Dec 19 ~ Winter Magic with Magician Mike Della Penna, 2p 

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
1st and 3rd Thurs ~ Preschool Storetime, 10:30a 
Dec 5 ~ Master Gardeners - Pruning Fruit Trees, 10:30a
Dec 10 ~ Book Discussion: "Dear Life: Stories", 2p
Dec 12 ~ Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, 2p 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Dec 1 ~ Preschool Storytime 11a
Dec 3 ~ Book Discussion Group “Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories” 12:30p
Dec 9-12 Holiday Book and Bake Sale 
Dec 19 ~ Gingergread House program 10:30a. All materials supplied. 

Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg
Every Fri ~ Wee Read Bilingüe (0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Thurs ~ Mindful Minis (Ages 6-12), 4p
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog 11a
Dec 5 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop, 1p
Dec 12 ~ Winter Craftapalooza (all ages), 11a
Dec 29 ~ Winter Magic with Magician Mike Della Penna, 11a

Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa
Every Thu ~ Read to a PALS Dog 3:30p
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Sat ~ Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime (ages/edades 0-5) 10:30a
Dec 9 ~ Randal Metz presents "The Nutcracker" puppet Show, 3:30p 

Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Wed ~ Castles & Crowns Chess Club 3:15p
Every Thu ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Fri ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 11a
2nd Wed ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p or 6:30p
Dec 5 ~ Master Gardeners: Holiday Decorating, 10:30a. 
Dec 10 ~ Holiday Book Exchange Party (ages 12-19), 3:30p
Dec 12 ~ Once Upon a Time Gingerbread House, 10a
Dec 16 ~ Gingerbread Houses for Little Ones, 10a-noon
Dec 17 ~ Gingerbread Houses for Teens and Tweens, 3p
Dec 29 ~ Puppet Art: The Tale of the Dragon's Tail, 11a. 

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
Last Tues ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a. Sign up in person at the reference desk or call 584-9121, ext. 3.
Dec 9 ~ Family Evening Storytime, 6p
Dec 10 ~ Gift Crafting for Teens and Tweens, 4p
Dec 19 ~ Once Upon a Time Gingerbread House, 10:30a
Dec 29 ~ Puppet Art: The Tale of the Dragon's Tail, 2p 

Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebatopol Rd, Santa Rosa

Petaluma Regional Library100 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
Nov 18-21 ~ Petaluma Friends Children's Book Sale
Nov 28 ~ Your Favorite Space Opera Movie Marathon, 10:30a, 1:30p 
Dec 3 ~ Volunteer Orientation for Teens, 4p
Dec 8 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion, 12p
Dec 15-19, 22-24 ~ Drop-in Snowflake Crafts, 10a 
Dec 16 ~ 50 Years of the Grateful Dead, 6:30p
Dec 19 ~ Winter Magic with Magician Mike Della Penna, 11a
Dec 22 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House, 2:30p 

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
Dec 4-5 ~ Children and Young Adult Booksale, 10a
Dec 10 ~ Knit Wits Club, 4p
Dec 12 ~ El Nino and Protecting Your Home, 2p
Dec 18 ~ Book Swap Party with Cocoa and Cookies, 4p
Dec 19 ~ Winter Craftapalooza, 11a
Dec 31 ~ Happy Noon Year's Eve (all ages), 11a - noon 

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 (Cancelled in Dec)
Every Fri ~ Drop-in Computer Orientation 11a
Dec 3 ~ Sonoma Reads! Book Discussion, 2p
Dec 5 ~ The Pine Needles, 2p
Dec 5 ~ Teen Leadership Council, 3p
Dec 12 ~ The Haute Flash Quartet, 2p
Dec 19 ~ The Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, 2p 

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
Dec 2 ~ Bibilobop Dance Party, 11a
Dec 9 ~ Holiday Storytime (ages 205), 11a
Dec 19 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House, 11a
Dec 30 ~ Winter Magic with Magician Mike Della Penna, 2p 



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.

2nd & 4th Thu ~ OCA Readers' Theater ~ Meets 7 - 9 pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Come check out the diverse, creative selections this talented group chooses to read--short plays, essays, poems, short stories, original works, even T-shirts! For more information, call Judith Reimuller at 707-829-2176 or email Joan Ambrosini   FREE

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

Fri  ~ Writing as a Healing Practice with author Susan Hagen. Drop-in, 10:30 – 12:30. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. Suggested donation $20-$40. No class August 28, 2015. Bring your notebook and pen; No writing experience necessary. Questions? Contact Susan Hagen at 707-888-0849 or More info:

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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