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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!


Apr 22 ~ Wine & Dine With Local Author ~ Come hear 5 authors present their books! 6-8p at Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. $5 minimum food purchase. Reservations:

May 2 ~ Ben Ross at Sonoma County Conservation Action ~ Ben Ross will speak for free about his new book "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism". 6pm at the SCCA office, 540 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa. Email to reserve your space

May 12 ~ REDWOOD POETRY LAUNCH ~ 6-8:30 PM. Please come and support our poets! Reservations: Gaia's: 544-2491 or

May 20 ~ Project Censored Presentation ~ Join Project Censored faculty and students at Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa,  6-8p for an empowering evening of truth-telling, based on Project Censored latest book, Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times. For reservations please call Gaia's at 544-2491 or

May 25 ~ Book Signing by Rosella Rhine ~ Author Rosella Rhine offers up a creative, humorous twist on the classic murder mystery in “Murder by Wheelchair.” 1-3 p.m. at Sonoma Enoteca Tasting Room, 35 E. Napa St on the Plaza, Sonoma

May 25 ~ POETRY SOCO AT COFFEE CATZ ~ Featuring Sean (T.S.) Casey, Marvin R. Hiemstra Kirk Lumpkin, James Miller, Gwynn O'Gara,  Jonah Raskin, Rusty Rebar, Bill Vartnaw, and Gor Yaswen. Series Host: Andrew Mayer. FREE and open to the public. COFFEE CATZ, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 2:30 to 5:30P.

May 30 ~ Steamy Sonoma Literary Soiree ~ Join us for an evening of erotic poems and stories read by local authors, including Jennie Orvino, Bill Noble, Raspberry Tart and Michael Larrain. $25 Ticket price includes appetizers and desserts by Savory Truffle Catering, an open bar, a raffle ticket for the chance to win steamy prizes and a sexy chair dance lesson by Daingerous Dollie. Doors open at 7pm, readings begin at 8pm. Tickets on sale at

July 6 ~ REDWOOD CAFE FIRST SUNDAY SERIES ~ Featuring David Beckman, Ed Coletti, Carl Macki, Andrew Mayer, Phyllis Meshulam, Elizabeth Herron, Margo van Even, Bill Vartnaw, and Gor Yaswen. Series Host: Geri DiGiorno. FREE and open to the public. REDWOOD CAFE, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, CA. 5:00 to 7:00 PM.


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.
May 16 ~ John Barleycorn (1913) by Jack London ~ The is the closest London came to writing an autobiography and he not only reveals his stories from his lifelong struggle with alcohol but also the details of his spectacular life.
Jul 18 & 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.



Tiny Lights on-line Writer's Exchange: Share your thoughts - experiences and tips on writing with other writers. Send in your insights and share your knowledge. Each month we address a different question. Sign up then send submission to:

Flash in the Pan ~ Online Quarterly @ Tiny Lights. Time to send more Flashes. What is a Flash in the Pan? It's life caught in the blaze of a match, a beam of moonlight, the glare of a home-made explosion. These pieces of first-person non-fiction prose (500 words or less) are like potato chips--you won't be able to stop with just one. Our gems are posted quarterly in January, April, July and October on the Tiny Lights website. A select few appear in the hard copy editions of the magazine. Send your jewels to

UUCSR Writers • A Stimulating Environment Writers, Poets, Screenwriters, Film enthusiasts...  Our Focus: provide an atmosphere where serious writers improve and hone their writing skills. Meetings: open to the novice, the more experienced, and the published author. UUCSR Membership not required. Meet 1-4 pm, first Monday of the month (except September-second Monday). 1-2 pm, Instructional about Writing “Great Courses” on DVD and/or 2-4 pm, Regular monthly meeting, Writers Presentations of their Work in Progress. at Glaser Center • Unitarian Universalist Congregation • 547 Mendocino Ave. • Santa Rosa Visit Subscribe: Georgette G. deBlois - or call Glaser Center at 707-568-5381

UUCSR Writers Open Invitation: Meet Georgette for coffee and lighthearted conversation about your literary endeavors Thursday mornings from 11 am - 12:30 noon at Warm Puppy Cafe, Charles Schulz Ice Arena on West Steel Lane and Hardies Lane, near Coddingtown. Santa Rosa. Buy the beverage/food of your choice.  Table is not reserved. Parking is free. Join Our UUCSR Writers email Community. Send your email request to: Write “Add me to the UUCSR Writers email list” in the Subject line. N.B. Please send an email to you plan to attend a monthly meeting 1-2 pm and/or 2-4 pm or come for Thursday morning coffee. 

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:



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 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)

4/22: Petaluma Area Events TBA  (check
4/22: Cotati (Oliver's Market)  5 - 6:30 Pm
4/25: Episcopal Senior Communities Wellness Fair, Jennings Court, SR  12 - 2 Pm
4/26: Kenwood Market  9 - 10:30 Am
4/26: Earth Day Celebration, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen  11 Am - 3 Pm
4/26: Boyes Hot Springs (Fiesta Center)  4 - 5:30 Pm
4/27: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
4/29: Healdsburg Area Events TBA  (check
4/29: Geyserville Middle School  11 Am
4/29: Geyserville High School  12 Pm
4/29: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
5/3: Great Russian River Race, Veteran's Memorial Park, Healdsburg  11 Am - 4 Pm
5/10: Roseland (Dollar Tree, Sebatopol Rd)  9 - 10:30 Am
5/10: Larkfield Center  11 Am - 12:30 Pm
5/10: Kenwood Market  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
5/10: Glen Ellen  3 - 4 Pm
5/10: Boyes Hot Springs  4:30 - 6 Pm
5/14: Vintage Park Seniors  9:30 - 11:30 Am
5/14: Vintage Zinfandel Seniors  12 - 2 Pm
5/18: Graton VFD Fundraiser Breakfast  8 Am - 12 Pm
5/20: Petaluma Senior Center 12 - 2 Pm
5/20: Cotati (Oliver's Market)  5 - 6:30 Pm
5/24: Freestone  9:30 - 11 Am
5/24: Monte Rio  11:30 Am - 1:30 Pm
5/24: Jenner  2 - 4 Pm
5/25: Camp Meeker VFD Fundraiser Breakfast  8 - 11 Am
5/25: Bodega Bay Farmers' Market  12 - 2 Pm
5/27: Healsdburg Area Events TBA (check
5/27: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations.
Apr 22 ~ Bill Oetinger ~75 Classic Rides: Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes. 6pm at Copperfield's Montgomery Village.
Apr 23 ~ Lori Eanes ~ Backyard Roots. 7pm at Copperfield's Sebastopol.
Apr 24 ~ Jed Diamond ~ Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well. 6pm at Copperfield's Montgomery Village.
Apr 29 ~ Michael Hall ~It's An Orange Aardvark. 10am at Copperfield's Petaluma.
May 1 ~ Stephan Pastis ~Timmy Failure #2. 4pm at Copperfield's Petaluma.
May 2 ~ Daryl Gregory ~ Afterparty. 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
May 3 ~ CA Bookstore Day ~ All Copperfield's locations, all day. See website for schedule of events and more info.
May 7 ~ Jillian & Mariko Tamaki ~ This One Summer. 3p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
May 8 ~ Special Event with Susan Wiggs ~ The Apple Orchard. 6p at Copperfield's Montgomery Village.
May 8 ~ Author Spotlight with Jed Diamond ~ Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well. 7p at Copperfield's Healdsburg.
May 14 ~ Steven Pressman ~ 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany. 6p at Copperfield's Montgomery Village.
May 16 ~ Lit Night with Elizabeth McCracken ~ Thunderstruck and Other Stories. 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
May 17 ~ Write On Mamas ~ Mamas Write comprises 29 essays about parenting in modern families formed through birth,adoption, marriage, surrogacy, and partnership. 7p at Copperfield's Montgomery Village
May 20 ~ Ken Oppel ~ Boundless. 4p at Copperfield's Petaluma. 
May 21 ~ Christopher Moore ~  The Serpent of Venice. 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma. 
May 23 ~ Philippe Petit ~ Creativity: The Perfect Crime. 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
May 27 ~ Lit Night with Joseph Boyden ~ The Orenda. 7p at Copperfield's Petaluma.
May 27 ~ John Lescroart ~ The Keeper. 7p at Copperfield's Healsdburg.
May 31 ~ Dinner to Die For with Joseph Finder ~ Suspicion. Dinner 5:15p, free author talk 7p at Copperfield's 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
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.
Apr 17 ~ Coincidence? Looking for the Physics of Unexpected Opportunities ~ Sky Nelson, Physicist and Songwriter. 7:30p
Apr 24 ~ Poetry Reading: Village Earth and other work ~ Jan Corbett, Author of Village Earth and This Bird Loves Figs. 7:30p 
May 1 ~ Beyond the Fence: New Poems by John Miatech, Award-winning Poet and author of three books of poetry 7:30p

Events at Sebastopol Regional (707) 823-7691, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
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 Thu ~ Wiggle Time ~ Storytime for ages 2-5. 10:15a
Apr 22 ~ Guadalupe of Colors of Bilingual Storytime ~ Bilingual Storytime for 1 -4 year olds. We will explore books, songs, and rhymes in both languages. 11:30a
Apr 22 ~ Sing along with Scott ~ Join Scott Gifford, Children's Music Specialist, and his ukulele for fun and songs. Free! 4p
Apr 26 ~ The Keith Show! ~ Comedy, Juggling and exciting! Free! Ages 4 and up. 2:30p
Apr 29 ~ Lego Club! ~ We will provide the Lego bricks, along with a different theme each month. Ages 6-12, 4-5p. 
Apr 30 ~ Foodie Book Club ~ Ask at the library for the current meeting menu. 6-7:30p 
May 3 ~ Adult Readers' Theater ~ Join us in hearing and reading great plays – no acting experience needed and no stage fright! 2-3:30p
May 6 ~ Teen Game Lounge ~ An afternoon of board games and snacks for teens. 4p
May 8 ~ Masks and Mime ~ Join us for a fun bilingual program. Improvisation games, stage clowning, pantomime illusions co-created with the audience. 4p
May 14-17 ~ Spring Book Sale ~ Wed 5-8p, Thu & Fri 10a - 6p, Sat 10a - 2p.
May 16 ~ Mother-Daughter Bookclub ~ ages 10-13. This month we will be discussing "A Tangled of Knots" by May Lisa Graff. 4-5p
May 20 ~ Guadalupe of Colors of Bilingual Storytime ~ We will explore books, songs, and rhymes in both languages. 11:30a
May 21 ~ Chess Club ~ Learn, play, enjoy, master. For all ages. 4-5:30p
May 27 ~ Lego Club ~ We will provide the Lego bricks, along with a different theme each month. Ages 6-12. 4-5p
May 28 ~ Foodie Book Club ~ Ask at the library for the current meeting menu. 6-7:30p

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
River Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
Wed April 30 @ 4-7 pm 
Thur & Fri May 1 & 2 @ 10 am-5 pm 
Sat May 3 @ 10am-3pm Bag Sale
May 8 @ 12:30 pm ~ Book discussion group 100 Year–Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
May 10 @ 10:30am-12:30pm ~ Master Gardener Spring Series: Garden Design & Year-Round Color with Linda King
May 14 @ 7 pm ~ Library Advisory Board Meeting


1st Mon ~ UUCSR Writers ~ Open to all levels. Oct-Aug, 4-6 pm, ‘Green Room,’ Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa, 547 Mendocino Ave ~ 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, 7-9 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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