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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!


The Sonoma County Libraries will be closed May 28 and May 29.

The Sonoma County Library announces the launch of the Sonoma County Library Mobile App for use on mobile devices. The Sonoma County Library Mobile App will be available for download on smartphones and tablets on February 9, 2016.
Library services such as, managing your library account, placing items on hold, and checking for the next library event will be available on mobile devices through the Sonoma County Library Mobile App. (2/15)

The Sonoma County Library works hard for the arts community by collecting, cataloging, and making accessible a wide range of locally-produced books, music, and videos. If you are a local author or musician or filmmaker, the Library wants to know about you. Local authors website:  If you are a local musician, take a look at our Sonoma County Musicians and Musical Groups page on Facebook, or send an email to David Dodd, Collections Manager, at We want to hear from you! 

Apr 27 & 30 ~ River Friends of the Library HUGE Book Sale ~ books for ALL ages on sale - divided by age group. Starts 4pm Wednesday - runs through 3 pm Saturday, Guerneville Library,  14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville. INFO:

May 9 ~ Dine With Local Authors ~ 6-8 PM, Five authors will read and answer Q & A from the Dining audience.Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 544-2491 or for reservations. 

May 21 ~  WordTemple Poetry Series ~ 7p. Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things. Sonoma County poet Gregory Mahrer is celebrating his first collection, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastpol. Free Event.


May 7 ~ Redwood Writers Library Open Mic ~ The theme in May is "Stolen Light", from Redwood Writer's 2016 Poetry Anthology. The general public is invited to sign up to read. Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa.Open to the Public.

May 19 ~ Writers Forum Presenter Mary C. Moore, Literary Agent ~ How to query a literary agent and what a literary agent can do for an author’s career.Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron since 2012. Mary specializes in science fiction and fantasy, although she does appreciate a wide breadth of the literary canon. She started reading at an early age, and her love of reading continued, as she earned her B.S. in biology from the University of California San Diego. She was a veterinarian's assistant, then a field biologist, and then a zookeeper. But her passion for writing and books caused her to veer off her original path and drew her to publishing. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland with an MFA in Creative Writing and English and after freelancing for two years as an editor and writer in non-literary sectors, she began an internship with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and found she loved working as a literary agent as much as she loved writing. Visit her at Petaluma Community Center, 320 No McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. $15 at the door. Hosted by Marlene Cullen,

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

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:

4/26: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
4/30: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts  10 Am - 1 Pm
4/30: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  2 - 3:30 Pm
4/30: Cotati / Oliver's Market  4 - 5:30 Pm
5/1: Forestville Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser Breakfast  9 Am - 12 Pm

5/7: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd 10 - 11:30 Am
5/7: Kenwood / Kenwood Market 12 - 1 Pm
5/7: Glen Ellen / Post Office 1:30 - 2:30 Pm

5/7: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center 3 - 5 Pm
5/14: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, Wells Fargo Center 10 Am - 1 Pm 5/14: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd 2 - 3:30 Pm
5/14: Cotati / Oliver's Market 4 - 5:30 Pm
5/21: Freestone 9 - 10 Am
5/21: Valley Ford 10:30 - 11:30 Am
5/21: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital 12 - 1 Pm
5/21: Jenner 1:30 - 3 Pm
5/21: Monte Rio 3:30 - 5 Pm
5/24: Geyserville 5 - 6:30 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. All events 7p unless otherwise noted.
Apr 26 ~ Benedettiville, Petaluma 10:30a
Apr 26 ~ Redwood Writer's Spotlight on Fiction with Gill Mansergh 6P
Apr 27 ~ Daniel Shapiro, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce 8a
Apr 30 ~ Todd Parr on Independent Bookstore Day, Petaluma 11a
Apr 30 ~ Tim Hicks on Independent Bookstore Day, Sebastopol 7p
Apr 30 ~ Marian Palaia Petaluma 7p
Apr 30 ~ Jean Hegland, Montgomery Village
Apr 30 ~ Dan Dunn, Healdsburg 
May 1 ~ Fractured Fairytales Party, Petaluma 3p
May 4 ~ In Conversation: Jane Hamilton & Joyce Maynard, Santa Rosa 7a
May 4 ~ Lauren Myracle, Petaluma 4p
May 5 ~ David Sedaris, Uptown Theatre, 7:30p
May 6 ~ Leopoldo Gout, Petaluma 4p
May 6 ~ Brave New Worlds: Megan E. O'Keefe, Petaluma
May 6 ~ Camille Perri, Healdsburg
May 6 ~ Carol E. Miller, Sebastopol
May 6 ~ Shane Stay, Santa Rosa
May 7 ~ Star Wars Trivia with Pablo Hidalgo, Petaluma 3p
May 7 ~ Adam Taggart, Sebastopol
May 12 ~ Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 6:30p
May 13 ~ Jazz in the Neighborhood: Friedman/Hart Quartet, Healdsburg 6p
May 13 ~ Connie Guttersen, Santa Rosa
May 13 ~ Lit Night with Martin Seay, Petaluma
May 13 ~ David Bienenstock, Sebastopol
May 14 ~ William Carlsen, Sebastopol
May 19 ~ Pop-Up Bookstore: Dana Gioia, SHED Grange 7p
May 20 ~ Pop-Up Bookstore: Nick Buettner, Finley Community Center 1-3p
May 20 ~ Sam Miller & Ben Lindbergh, Petaluma
May 20 ~ Jazz in the Neighborhood: Guarneri Jazz Quartet, Santa Rosa
May 22 ~ Guy Gavriel Kay, Petaluma 2p
May 24 ~ Eric Dinerstein, Petaluma 4p
May 27 ~ Joe Hill, Petaluma
May 31 ~ Redwood Writers Spotlight on Fiction: Thonie Hevron, Santa Rosa 6p
May 31 ~ Stephanie Danler, Hopmonk Tavern, 6p 

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 ~ ~

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
Apr 30 ~ Celebrate El Dia de los Ninos with Marlela Herrera, 2p 
May 7 ~ Fairies! A Craft Program, 1p
May 14 ~ Argentine Tango, 1p

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Family Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
May 12 ~ Book Discussion: "The Accidental Universe", 2p
May 21 ~ Shakuhaci - Traditional Japanese Flute, 1p 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Apr 27-30 ~ River Friends of the Library Spring Book and Bake Sale, 10a-5p. 
May 12 ~ Book Discussion: "Empty Mansions", 12:30p
May 14 ~ Master Gardeners, 10:30a
May 21 ~ Lego Club, 11a 

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
Apr 30 ~ Dia de los Ninos with Marlela Herrera, 11a 
May 7 ~ Xtreme Science, 10:30a
May 14 ~ Master Gardeners, 10:30a 

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
Apr 30 ~ Celebrate Dia de los Ninos with the Puttet Show "Perez & Mondinga", 11a 
May 4 ~ Making a Lovely Mother's Day Card, 3p
May 7 ~ Duo Giullani, guitar and violin, 1p
May 14 ~ Come Sing and Play with Elizabeth Boaz, 11a
May 18 ~ Adult Book Discussion Group, "White Teeth", 2:30p 

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
Apr 28 ~  Volunteer Orientation for Teens, 4p
Apr 30 ~ Master Gardeners Workshop, 10:30a 
May 3,4 6,7 ~ Mother's Day Craft Table, 10a 
May 7 ~ Master Gardener Series, 10:30a
May 7 ~ Gaining STEAM: Chomatography Butterflies, 2p:
May 13-14 ~ Friends of the Petaluma Library Children's Book Sale
May 18-21 ~ Friends of the Library Book Sale 

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
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog, 1p
2nd Wed ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p or 6:30p
Apr 30 ~ Randall Metz Puppets Presents "Rabbit and Coyote are Friends", 11a
Apr 30 ~ What Employers Want But Won't Tell You: Personal Skills Workshop, 1:30-3:30p 
May 4 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop, 6p
May 7 ~ Xtreme Science, 2p
May 10 ~ Cribbage Challenge for Adults, 10:30a
May 11 ~ Book Discussion Group, 6:30p
May 14 ~ Intro to 3D Printing Workshop, 11a 

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 2p (cancelled Jan 2)
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.
May 14 ~ Medicare 101 Presentation, 2p
May 21 ~ Master Gardeners: 10:30a
May 21 ~ Duo Gluliani, Guitar and Violin Concert, 2p 

Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebatopol Rd, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Bilingual Storytime, 10a
Every Sat ~ Read to a PALS Dog, 11a
Apr 23 ~ Storyteller Laura Casillas, 1p 
May 7 ~ Mindful Minis: yoga & meditation workshop, 2p 

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
Apr 23 ~ What Employers Want But Won't Tell You: Personal Skills Workshop, 1:00-3:00p 
Apr 28 ~ This Moment Meditation Hour, 5p
Apr 30 ~ Celebrate Dia de los Ninos with Ballet Folklorico, 11a 
May 7, 14 ~ Gardening for Kids, 11a
May 11-14 ~ Spring Booksale 
May 21 ~ Sun Dye Art, 11a
May 21 ~ Drawing the Peanuts Way: with Schulz Stuidio Artists, 2p
May 25 ~ Foodie Book Club, 6p 

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St, Sonoma
Every Tues ~ Homework Help, 3:30p
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
Apr 28 ~ Book Discussion, 2p 
May 5 ~ Mystery Book Club, 4p
May 7 ~ Rua Samba: Brazillian Music, 2p
May 11 ~ Live Virtual Event with Author Patrick Rothfuss
May 14 ~ Master Gardeners, 10:30a
May 14 ~ Teen Leadership Council, 3p
May 18-21 ~ Library Book Sale
May 21 ~ Trio Nuevo Amanecer - Traditional Mexican Music, 2p
May 26 ~ Sonoma Reads! Book Discussion, "Inherent Vice" 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 ~ Family Reading Book Club (grades 2-5) 4p
Apr 30 ~ Celebrate El Dia de los Ninos with Randel Metz Puppet Company, 2:30p
May 14 ~ Duo Gluliani ~ Guitar and Violin, 1p
May 21 ~ Master Gardeners, 10:30a



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,

2nd Tue ~ Do Tell Story Swap ~ for grownup and teen storytellers and listeners. Join us to tell your tale of up to seven minutes in length, or come listen. The Swap maintains an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement to all storytellers. Stories are to be told and not read. They can be true stories, tall tales, legends, myths, or even songs with a narrative. 7-9p at First Congregational Church, 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa. Donation of $3-5 welcome.

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:

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 ~

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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