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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!


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

Hot Summer Nights ~ Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present Hot Summer Nights, four Tuesday evenings of free author readings in July. The readings will be held at Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. All readings are from 7-8 p.m. For more information, go to
July 28 ~ Non-fiction and Memoir ~ Featured authors are Ann Hutchinson, Wendell Williams, Lee Gant and Auriela McCarthy. 

Jul 22 ~ Copperfield’s Books hosts reading/discussion of nationally-recognized domestic violence anthology Cry of the Nightbird ~ Poet Dianna Grayer (accompanied by Sheridan Gold on drum) and author Spirette Dotter will read, and editors Michelle Wing and Kate Farrell will use their stories and poems to guide the audience through conversations about domestic violence, using both straightforward questions and more creative approaches such as prompted group poetry. 7-9 p.m. at its Montgomery Village branch.

Jul 22 ~ Some Ekphrastic Evening ~ with poets William Greenwood (who has written four poems inspired by the art of Richard Diebenkorn), Nils Peterson, and Sonoma County’s Poet Laureate, Katherine Hastings. In conjunction with The Intimate Diebenkorn at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.  6:00pm to 7:30pm, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Admission: $5 (Seating is limited: please RSVP at

Jul 25 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mike ~ at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa from 2-4 p with featured readers Teresa Henry and Charles Markee. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half.

Jul 27 ~ Sons of Noir ~ Ed Coletti and David Madgalene, co-editors of the fiction anthology Sons of Noir: Murder and Mayhem by San Francisco North Bay Writers (Round Barn Press, June 2015) will host a Sonoma County book launch reading at SoCo Coffee **1015 4th St, Santa Rosa** from 5-7. Readers will include Pat Nolan, David Beckman, Gary Brandt, Ed Coletti, and David Madgalene. Waights Taylor, Jr. and Jonah Raskin have also contributed stories. Admission is free.

Aug 1 ~ The Diebenkorn Pages ~  a discussion with artist Chester Arnold and Bart Schneider of Kelly’s Cove Press about their collaboration on the books about the art of Richard DiebenkornIn conjunction with The Intimate Diebenkorn at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. $15, $10 SVMA Members (Seating is limited: please register at

Aug 8 ~  “Redwood Writers Library Open Mic” ~ hosted by Jean Wong.The theme in August is “Family.” 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, (707) 545-0831. For details, go to

Aug 9 ~ Linda Lee on The Author Website ~ How to build one that works. Essential compnents of a writer's website that will generate interest. 3-5pm - arrive at 2:30 to regoster and network. Hosted by redwood Writers. Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St. Santa Rosa $5 member, $8 non-members INFO:

Aug 10 ~ Dine With Local Authors ~ five authors read from their books, Q &A following. Gaia's Garden 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa. 6-8 PM. Call 544-2491 or

Aug 14, 21, 28 ~ ArtFlare Gallery Embraces Poetry: Words & Images ~ In the spirit of their upcoming show, Words & Images, four of the artists of ArtFlare, the new art gallery in the old SR Naval Base sat down together with their work. Poetry Readings 7-9pm, Each Friday event begins with a Poet and Artist Reception 5:30 to 6:30 pm. ArtFlare Studio/Gallery, #106, Building 33Arts,  3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa

Aug 16 ~ Poets Nancy Cavers Dougherty and Amy Trussell  ~ The readings are held 1:30-3:30 p.m. at The Bean Affair at 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. Following the featured readers, there will be an open mic. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon also includes a raffle and book sales. INFO: Healdsburg Literary Guild at

Aug 20 ~ Writers Forum Presenter Daniel Ari will talk about using sensory awareness in writing, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, $15, Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma,

Aug 28—Come to Know the Poets: West County poets Mike Tuggle, Molly Bishop, Bob Jones, Gail King, Lawrence Maykel and Sashana Kane Proctor read their poetry at beautiful CazSonoma Inn. Evening begins with live harp music by Susan Weinstein, a glass of wine in the cozy library and a four-course dinner. Then sit back and be read to. Come to know these writers by their works. 6:00 p.m. at CazSonoma Inn, 1000 Kidd Creek Rd., Cazadero. $25 per person (tax, tip included, wine with dinner extra).  Questions: Sashana Proctor 707-632-5761. Directions: Rich Mitchell 707-632-5255.

Aug 29 ~ Digging Our Poetic Roots - Poems from Sonoma County ~ This is when the WordTemple Poetry Series will host the kick-off reading for the culmination of my poet laureate project. Many poets included in the anthology will be on hand to read their poems.


Aug 8 ~ Redwood Writers Library Open Mic ~ Redwood Writers hosts the next Library Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa, on Saturday, Aug. 8th from 10 a.m.-noon. The theme in August is “Family.” The general public is invited to sign up to read. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to

Aug 9 ~ Building an Author Website that works for you ~ Join members of the Redwood Writers Club as Linda Lee describes the essential components of a writer’s website and reveals how an accessible website can generate interest—and readers.  3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.  Admission is $5 for members, $8 for non-members.  For more info, go to

Sep 22 ~ Fiction Writers Workshop ~ Recognizing that everyone has a story to tell this workshop is geared to lay a foundation for aspiring writers.  The class will cover the elements of fiction writing including character, plot, dialogue and point of view with in-class exercises and discussion. 12 CLASSES ON TUESDAY EVENINGS AT THE OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 6:30 – 8:30 STARTING SEPTEMBER 22ND. Tuition is a $100 tax deductible donation to the OCA.  For more information contact Sonia Benson at 707-861-9006 or Patrick Donahue at 707-874-8530

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. 

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.
August 12 - the Bookmobile will be at the Gazette's Celebrate Community party in Forestville's Downtown park - come visit - bring books - have fun with us!

Bookmobile Schedule:
8/1: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  2 - 3:30 Pm
8/12: Forestville / Sonoma County Gazette Downtown Community Social  4 - 8 Pm
8/15: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  11:30 Am - 1 Pm
8/15: Glen Ellen / Post Office  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
8/15: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  3 - 4 Pm
8/16: Larkfield / Larkfield Center  10 - 11:30 Am
8/16: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  12 - 1:30 Pm
8/16: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm
8/20: Santa Rosa / WIC Farmer's Market, Range Ave  9 Am - 1 Pm
8/23: Bloomfield / Bloomfield VFD Fundraiser BBQ, Emma Herbert Park  12 - 3 Pm (this will be August access point for Valley Ford patrons)
8/25: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
8/30: Freestone  9 - 10:30 Am
8/30: Bodega Bay / Farmers Market (Community Center)  11 Am - 1 Pm
8/30: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
8/30: 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)

Sonoma County Libraries ~ Visit for event details

Jul 21-24 ~ Donate Books for SAY Nerdfighters events ~ Let's support the teens at SAY (Social Advocates for Youth) by donating a book in excellent condition for the new SAY Dream Center.

thru Aug 14 ~ Lunch at the Library ~ The Sonoma County Library is partnering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer free nutritious meals to kids 18 and younger at 6 library locations during the summer of 2015. For a location near you click here or call 707.523.7903.

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
Every Thu thru Aug 27 ~ Youth Chess Club 10:30a

Every 2nd Thur ~ Great Books 1p
Jul 22 ~Magician Mike Della Penna (ages 3 & up) 2p
Jul 25 ~ Matsuri! 1p
Jul 28 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion 12 & 1p Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E.Thomas
Jul 29 ~ Summer Reading FINALE -- with Superhero Training Camp (ages 3 & up) 2p
Aug 1 ~ Comedian Darryl Littleton 2p
Aug 8 ~ Wild Sonoma, Wild America: A Talk by Jonah Raskin 2p
Aug 11 ~ Mystery Book DiscussionPhantom by Jo Nesbø 12p
Aug 13 ~ Great BooksKim by Rudyard Kipling 1p
Aug 15 ~ Publishing 101 - Find Your Path to Publishing 2p
Aug 22 ~ Ancient Future: Indian Guitar and Tabla Duet 11:30a
Aug 25 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion  The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker 12 & 1p

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
Jul 21 ~ Magician Mike Della Penna (ages 3 & up) 2:30p
Jul 23 ~ PerlerPalooza! (grades 7-12) 3p
Jul 25 ~ Los Gu'achis 2p
Jul 28 ~ Summer Reading FINALE! 2:30p

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
July 22 @ 11 am Magician Mike
July 25 @ 2 pm  Jim Adams Duo
July 29 @ 11 am  Superhero Training Camp.
July 29 @ 3-4:30 pm Comic Making 101
Aug 8 @ 2 pm  Hawaiian Music: Hula Mai
Aug 13 @ 12:30 pm Book Discussion “The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Massud
River Friends Book and Bake Sale!
Aug 19 @ 4pm-7pm
Aug 20 @ 10am-5 pm
Aug 21 @ 10am-5 pm
Aug 22 @ 10am-3pm  Bag Sale

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 Sat ~ Read to a Dog 11a
Every Wed thru Jul 29 ~ Book Chats (grades 3-6) 11a
Every Wed, Jul 8-29 ~ Summer Cinema 3p

Jul 21 ~ Page to Screen Teen Movie Series (grades 7-12) 2p
Jul 23 ~ Traveling Lantern: Peter Pan (ages 4 & up) 11a
Jul 30 ~ Summer Reading FINALE - with Mad Science Spectacular: Movie Special Effects (ages 5 & up) 11a
Jul 30 ~ Teen Games Lounge (grades 7-12) 2p
Jul 31 ~ Family Reading Forts "After Hours" (all ages) 6:30p
Aug 5-8 ~ Friends of the Healdsburg Library August Book Sale, check hours online

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
Jul 23 ~ Traveling Lantern: Peter Pan (ages 4 & up) 2p
Jul 29 ~ Coffee with the Director 8:30a
Jul 30 ~ Summer Reading FINALE - with Mad Science Spectacular: Movie Special Effects (ages 5 & up) 2p
Aug 1 ~ Summer Reading FINALE - with Tony Borders: Magic, Ventriloquism & Puppets (ages 3 & up) 11a
Aug 1 ~ Hula Mai 2p
Aug 8 ~ Meet the Author: Nancy Hayssen & Henry Castro (all ages) 11a
Aug 15 ~ Meet the Author: Cindy K (all ages) 11a
Aug 19 ~ Book Discussion of 'One Summer' by Bill Bryson 2:30p
Aug 22 ~ Meet the Author: Kerstin Fletcher (all ages) 11a
Aug 29 ~ Meet the Author: Zak Zaikine (all ages) 11a

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
Jul 21 ~ Magician Mike Della Penna (ages 3 & up) 11a
Jul 25 ~ Summer Reading FINALE -- CARNIVAL! 11a
Aug 12 ~ Book Discussion Group  Dear Life : Stories by Alice Munro 1:30p & 6:30p

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
Last Tues ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a. Sign up in person at the reference desk or call 584-9121, ext. 3.
Every Fri thru Jul 24 ~ Nursery Rhyme Time (ages 0-5) 11a
Jul 21 ~ Book Discussion - The Fault in Our Stars 11:30a
Jul 22 ~ Duct Tape Mania! (grades 7-12) 2p
Jul 23 ~ Mad Science Spectacular: Movie Special Effects (ages 5 & up) 11a 
Jul 25 ~ Hula Mai 2p
Jul 30 ~ Summer Reading FINALE - with Magical Moonshine Theatre: The 3 Little Pigs (ages 5 & up) 4p
Aug 18 ~ Book Discussion - The End of Your Life Book Club 11:30a
Aug 29 ~ Jonah Raskin Author Talk - A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature 2p

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
Jul 22 ~ Traveling Lantern: Peter Pan (ages 4 & up) 2p
Jul 22 ~ Jim Adams Duo 6p
Jul 28 ~ Teen Games Lounge (grades 7-12) 3p
Jul 29 ~ Summer Reading FINALE! 2p
Jul 29 ~ Los Gu'achis 6p 
Aug 5 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop 6p
Aug 6, 13, 20 ~ Museum Storytime 11a
Aug 11 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 12p
Aug 15 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop 1p
Aug 22 ~ Ancient Future Duet 2:30p
Aug 26 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop 6p

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
Jul 21 ~ Traveling Lantern: Peter Pan (ages 4 & up) 11a
Jul 28 ~ Summer Reading FINALE -- with Superhero Training Camp (ages 3 & up) 11a
Jul 28 ~ Lego Club (Ages 6-12) 4p
Aug 1 ~ Adult Readers' Theater 2p
Aug 12 ~ Picture a Story Artist Talk 6p
Aug 13 ~ Knit Wits Club 4p
Aug 15 ~ Storytelling - Picture a Story 2p
Aug 22 ~ Whatevs Book Club 12p The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Aug 22 ~ Storytelling - Picture a Story 2p
Aug 26 ~ Foodie Book Club 6p

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
Jul 22 ~ Traveling Lantern: Peter Pan (ages 4 & up) 11a
Jul 22 ~ Teen Games Lounge (grades 7-12) 3p
Jul 23 ~ Sonoma Reads! Book Discussion Group 2p The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Jul 25 ~ Tone Bent 2p
Jul 29  ~ Summer Reading FINALE -- CARNIVAL! 11a
Aug 1 ~ Minecraft Coding Camp (grades 6-9) 10a
Aug 15 ~ Jonah Raskin Author Talk - A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature 2p
Aug 19-22 ~ Book Sale check hours online
Aug 27 ~ Sonoma Reads! Book Discussion: Flamethrowers 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
Jul 21 ~ Traveling Lantern: Peter Pan (ages 4 & up) 3p
Jul 28 ~ Summer Reading FINALE -- with Superhero Training Camp (ages 3 & up) 3p
Aug 1 ~ Adult Summer Reading Finale and Bingo Prize Drawing 11a
Aug 11 ~ Book Discussion "the Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker 2:30p


Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations
Jul 22 ~ CHANGING HURT TO HOPE: Writers Speak Out Against Domestic Violence 7p Montgomery Village
Jul 23 ~ MELISSA CISTARO 7p Sebastopol
Jul 29 ~ Copperfield's Pairing: JANIS COOKE NEWMAN in Converstation with JANE CIABATTARI 7p Healdsburg
Jul 31 ~ RYAN GATTIS 7p Montgomery Village
Aug 1 ~ Story Time with ABRAHAM SCHROEDER 2p San Rafael
Aug 8 ~ Story Time with DASHKA SLATER 2p San Rafael
Aug 8 ~ RHYS BOWEN 7p Petaluma
Aug 12 ~ WOODY WEINGARTEN 7p San Rafael
Aug 14 ~ ANKER FRANKONI 7p Sebastopol
Aug 15 ~ SONOMA COUNTY VEGFEST 10a Finley Community Center
Aug 17 ~ MIYOKO SCHINNER Book Signing and Tapas 6:30p at Jamison's Roaring Donkey
Aug 22 ~ Story Time with SUZI ESZTERHAS 2p San Rafael
Aug 22 ~ DAVID SHIELDS 7p San Rafael
Aug 25 ~ TIM PRATT Book Launch with ROSS LOCKHART Moderating 7p Petaluma
Aug 28 ~ LAURA NICOLE DIAMOND 7p Montgomery Village
Aug 28 ~ DAEDALUS HOWELL 7p 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.
Jul 9 ~ Align-It: A Novel by Eric Giegerich 7:30p
Jul 16 ~ John Jason-Inman, Author and Illustrator of One, A Children's Book 7:30p
Jul 23 ~ A Common Root for Science and Spirituality  ~ Sky Nelson-Isaacs, Singer/Songwriter/Physicist/Father 7:30p
Jul 30 ~ Within the Sacred Circle: An Interfaith Neo-Shaman's Guide to Tools and Rituals of Transformation Rev. Pamela Dawn-deForest Hancock 7:30p

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

July 25th and August 1st 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tamara Unger will teach a clay class for adults. Pre-register at or call Mara at 707-935-7555.  
July 26th, noon-3p. Serafina reads  tarot in the Reading Garden.  
July 26th - 29th Join us at the Napa ValleyWriter's Conference for nightly readings with celebrated poets and novelists.
August 8th, 5p.m. Random Acts 
August 8th, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Tamara Unger teaches a clay class for kids ages 5 to 14. "Create Your Amazing Day at the Beach". Pre-register at or call Mara at 707-935-7555.


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 7 or 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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