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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.
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. 

Sonoma County Library - Coffee with the Director ~ Please join us for the new series of Coffee with the Director forums, beginning Wednesday, October 29, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Rincon Valley Library and Thursday, October 30, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Central Library. 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

Nov 3-24 ~ NaNoWriMo "Write Ins" ~ Monday Afternoons, November 3, 10, 17, 24, from 1-4 pm UUCSR Writers November “Write Ins” for NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Bring your computer, pencil and pad, parchment and quill, etc. we will write, write, write! You can buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or lunch at our new meeting place the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (Near Coddingtown) Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free. Email Georgette G. deBlois if you plan to attend: ggdeb@sonic.net

Nov 22 ~ Author Event ~ Windsor Regional Library is proud to present local childrens' author, Jennifer Alvarez, who will discuss her new book, The Guardian Herd: Starfire, the first book of the three-part fantasy series about the magical world of pegasi. 11a at Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway. 

Nov 22 ~ TELLABRATION ~ Everyone loves a story. Enjoy a full evening of storytelling for teens and adults with Willie Claflin, Kirk Waller, Sarah Noman and Elaine Stanley. FREE. 7-9 pm Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 707-887-7996.

Dec 14 ~ An Open Door for Readers & Writers ~ Addressing the many roles today’s bookstore plays, Sam Barry of Book Passages will talk about the shop’s Path to Publishing Program, a resource for individual writers on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 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.


Nov 3, 10 17 & 24 ~ NaNoWriMo - SnoopysWriters ~ This is for folks who do not like to drive at night and want to write with a small group, Snoopy's Writers, in the afternoons during daylight hours. The "Party Room"  is reserved for us. Hope some of you can make it on Nov 17 and 24. This is a very intense, exciting, and fun experience. Georgette (ggdeb@sonic.netDon't forget to bring: cushion if hard surface chairs are a problem, wear warm "peel off" sweaters or jackets. Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy's Home Ice, Monday afternoons 1 - 4pm.

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. 


Dec. 6 She Was An American Spy During WW II Historical fiction powerpoint presentation by Jeane Slone. Cloverdale Library, 401 N Cloverdale Blvd Call 894-5271 or

Dec. 8 Dining With Authors 5 authors read from their books. Q & A. Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa 6-8 PM. Call or email for reservations.
544-2491 or Local Author's Distributor:

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 November SCHEDULE:
11/30: Forestville / Tree Lighting Ceremony  4 - 6 Pm

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)

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations.
Dec 6 ~ Paddington Bear Holiday Tea Party ~ Muir's English Tea Room, 330 S Main St, Sebastopol. $30 for one adult and child, $20 per each additional child. 823-1031 for tickets. 3pm – 5pm
Dec 6 ~ Richard Ford ~ Let Me Be Frank With You. 7-9p at Copperfield’s Petaluma.
Dec 7 ~ Lulu and Pip Holiday Tea Party ~ 11am – 1pm at Copperfield’s Healdsburg
Dec 10 ~ Robbie Rogers ~ Coming Out to Play. 7-9p at Santa Rosa High School, 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

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
Nov 14 ~ Hooray for Picture Books! ~ Join us for stories, activities, and crafts for children based on 4 fun picture books.  For ages 4 and up. Free! 4p
Nov 15 ~ Safe Gardening: Avoiding Injury and Illness ~ Presented by Master Gardener Lois Temple. 10:30a
Nov 20 ~ Beeswax Candle Making ~ As winter approaches, come make some cheerful candles from beeswax.  Decorate for them for the holidays as well!  All supplies provided.  Free! 
For teens ages 12 to 18. 4p
Nov 25 ~ Lego Club ~ We will provide the Lego bricks, along with a different theme each month. Ages 6-12. 4p
Nov 26 ~ Foodie Book Club ~ Ask at the library for the current meeting menu. For adults and mature teens. 6p 
Dec 2 ~ Traveling Lantern: A Christmas Carol ~ Join us for this theatrical presentation of the classic tale of a miser's redemption. 4p, ages 5+
Dec 5 ~ Children’s Book Sale ~ Join us for this theatrical presentation of the classic tale of a miser's redemption. 10a
Dec 6 ~ Adult Readers’ Theater ~ Join us for this theatrical presentation of the classic tale of a miser's redemption. 2p
Dec 10 ~ Foodie Book Club ~ Join us for this theatrical presentation of the classic tale of a miser's redemption. 6p
Dec 13 ~ Master Gardeners:Holiday Style: Budget Floral Design ~ 10:30a-12:30p
Dec 13 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House (ages 4 & up) ~ Construct a gingerbread house out of graham crackers, frosting, and edible decorations. Then take it home! 1p
Dec 16 ~ Gingerbread Houses for Teens ~ Join in to build a gingerbread house to be entered into a contest for prizes!  All supplies provided. Free!
For teens ages 12 to 18. 4p

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~ 
Nov 19 ~ 2p. AAUW Holiday Book Talk with Jude Sales.
Nov 29 ~ Readers' Books celebrates our 23rd Birthday! 

Guerneville Regional Library ~   14107 Armstrong Woods Rd. ~ 707-869-9004.  All Programs are Free  
Nov 15 ~ Pruning 101 ~ Master Gardener Fall Series presented by John Bramfitt. 10:30a - 12:30p
Nov 22 ~ Young Writers Essay Contest Awards Ceremony ~ Awards presented to the 6th, 7th , 8th graders who submitted an essay to the Contest. Sponsored by the River Friends of the Library. 1p
Dec 13 ~ Gingerbread House program ~ Come make a Gingerbread House, all materials supplied. Ages 4 and up. Free! 10:30a
River Friends of the Library Holiday Book and Bake Sale
Wed Dec 3 @ 4-7 pm
Thur Dec 4 @ 10 am-5 pm
Fri Dec 5 @ 10 am-5 pm
Sat Dec 6 @ 10 am-3 pm Bag Sale. Special Deals on bags of books!
Dec 11 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion Group ~ God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet No sign-ups required and feel free to bring your lunch, if you like. 12:30p
Dec 13 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House ~ Construct a gingerbread house out of graham crackers, frosting, and edible decorations. Then take it home! For ages 4 & up. 10:30a


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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