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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!

Off the Page Readers Theater is dedicated to showcasing the works of local writers. Our Winter show will be based on the theme, "Family Matters." This theme deals with many aspects of our lives, in or out of relationship with our many families - those by blood and those by choice. We are seeking pieces for this show: narratives, short stories, poems, song lyrics, short plays or scenes from a play; in moods from light to dark. Please send your submission[s] to me by email.  THE DEADLINE IS AUGUST 25, 2016. You will receive OUR response by SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 Details: Hilary Moore  Off the Page   707 824 8467

Petaluma Readers Theatre ~ seeks submissions for tow shows. October: ghostly stories up to 3500 words -= DEADLING Sep 6 and November on Food up to 3500 words, DEADLINE Oct 3. Please send to info@etalumareaderstheatre.comPerformances will be October 15 and November 19 at Prince Gallery, Petaluma, CA. For Information about PRT


The Sonoma County Library will be CLOSED on Nov 11 and Nov 24-26.

Healthy Living at Your Library ~ Cardio Kickboxing, Gentle Strength & Stretch, Healing Foods Basics, Meditation for Everyone, Winter Vegetables Beyond Broccoli, Ayurveda: Body Type System, Senior Health Literacy, Family Boot Camp, Yoga for Neck and Shoulders, Cooking in Season, Core and HIIT Express, Fresh from the Garden and more! Some classes require pre-registration. Please call or visit your local Sonoma County Library branch to learn more about our Healthy Living at Your Library program and sign up for events! 

In addition, sign-up for the Library’s Healthy Living Club and you may win a prize! If you join the club and attend three Healthy Living classes, checkout any health book or fitness DVD, and complete a personal fitness challenge of your choice, you will be entered in a prize drawing. Prizes include an Instant Pot, blender, Sonoma County Parks pass, fitbit, yoga kit, assortment of spices and $50 gift cards. Prizes to be awarded June 1, 2017. Stop by the Information Desk at your local library to sign get a Club Card.

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! 

Oct 22 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series - Tsering Wangmo Dhompa reads from her new memoir, Coming Home to Tibet — A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging; Dan Bellm celebrates his new translation The Song of the Dead by Pierre Revardy. 7p Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Sebastopol 

Oct 22 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic at Gaia's GardenMC: Dmitri Morningstar.  Christina Molcillo and Patty Somlo will be reading. The general public is invited. First come, first served. Open Mic is limited to 5 minutes per person. The event is open both to Redwood Writers members and the general public. $5 per person minimum food purchase. Open Mic signup starts at 1:30. Gaia's Garden, 1899 Menocino Ave Santa Rosa  Questions: Robin Moore -

Oct 22 ~ Healdsburg Literary Guild will hold its Literary Laureate read-off between four candidates vying to become the next Healdsburg Literary Laureate. This event will also be held at The Bean Affair, and the public is encouraged to attend this event as well.  FREE - 7:30p - The Bean Affair; 1270 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg 

Oct 24 ~ Between the World and Me ~ Dr. Michael Hale will discuss renowned author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ acclaimed bestseller, Between the World and Me, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., in Newman Auditorium.  The discussion is part of the SRJC Arts & Lectures Series in collaboration with the English Department’s 2016 Soklov Work of Literary Merit (WOLM).
Oct 26 ~ The Distance Between us ~ celebrated author Reyna Grande will visit SRJC for an interactive lecture regarding her compelling work, including memoir, The Distance Between Us.  English Instructor Roam Romagnoli will facilitate discussion in the Girvin Student Activities Center, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The presentation is supported by the Office of Student Equity and caps off this year’s HSI Herencia Event Series. Santa Rosa Junior College

Oct 24 ~ Between the World and Me - MIchael Hale ~ noon - 1p - At the SRJC - Santa Rosa Campus - Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall - Michael Hale will examine Between the World and Me as a poignant expression of both the hope and despair of the post-Civil Rights generation. Unlike many books published on race in America today from an older generation of Civil Rights activists that celebrate “how far we have come,” Between the World and Me eloquently captures the trauma of a younger generation of people of color that do not see cause to celebrate. Hale’s talk will explore how Ta-Nehisis maintains hope in a world where many of the landmark victories of the Civil Rights movement have been reversed, seriously weakened, or never fundamentally changed the lives of poor people of color. Like James Baldwin did a generation ago, Ta-Nehisis uses the Black Radical Tradition to analyze the systemic nature of racialized oppression in America, but also seeks to uncover how not only black people are victims of this oppression, “the people who think they are white” are victims as well. He shows how we can draw strength through building a ruthless critique of all of our mythologies—both white and black—that serve to support systems of racialized social control in America and that continually undermine our opportunities to be truly free.

Oct 26 2016 thru May 2017 ~ FREE Nutrition Classes at the Library - Ceres is partnering with Sonoma County Library Sonoma County Healthy Living at your Library and other local organizations to host a series of free classes with health as the focus.  The Healthy Living at Your Library series will offer free educational classes and events to the public with a focus on nutrition, healthy cooking and physical fitness.  
Classes will be offered county wide at each library branch from October 2016-May 2017.

"The library's project is in alignment with the mission of Ceres Community Project to energize communities by linking what we eat and how we care for each other with the health of people and planet," said Thais Harris, NCNutrition Education Manager."It is our pleasure to support this project to help educate the public about the importance of a diet based on nutrient-rich, organic and local foods."   October 2016- May 2017 Sonoma County Library   More Info and Schedule of Classes:   Questions?   Contact Jaime Anderson at 707.545.0831, ext. 1545 or  

Oct 27 ~ Former foreign service officer Ethan Chorin will speak to the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County - will talk about his experiences representing the U.S. in Libya.“U.S., Libya, and the Rise of the Islamic State”  An Arabic speaker and author of articles and books about Libya, Ehtan Chorin will explain how dictator Quaddafi’s fall led eventually to the rise of Isis, in Libya, and how Isis presents a challenge to the United States.  Members free, visitors $5. 7:30p  Free parking. Spring Lake Village Auditorium 5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa For information or 573-6014.

Oct 28 - Thumbprint Cellars - Healdsburg Copperfields - Featured Book: The Mothers, by Brit Bennett - Playful pairings of authors, books & bottles! These free events start with an authorThe Mothers by Brit Bennettalk at in our store and end up two doors down with a signed book and a glass of featured wine.
In entrancing, lyrical prose, this dazzling debut from an exciting new literary voice considers what haunts us most, asking whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself, and if, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our past. FREE - 6p -Copperfield’s Books Healdsburg, 106 Matheson Street, followed by Thumbprint Cellars 102 Matheson Street Healdsburg, CA 95448

Oct 28 ~ Petaluma Copperfields Brave New World Series; Eternal Frankestein by Ross Lockhart - Local favorite and award-winning editor/publisher Lockhart launches his latest anthology, a tribute to Mary Shelley’s cornerstone of popular culture. A modern myth without rival, Frankenstein is a tale of galvanism, philosophy, and the re-animated dead that’s influenced countless works of fiction, music, and film over the years. FREE- 7p - 140 Kentucky St. Petaluma

Oct 29 ~ Book Launch - Witch Dancer by Lisa Miranda - Montgomery Village - Join us for a supernatural Halloween event in Montgomery Village! Ever­-popular local author and Wiccan Miranda returns to regale her many fans. Follow the adventures of witch dancer Larimar Lowell with the first book of her fantasy companion series to the Witch Cop trilogy. FREE - 7p - Montgomery Village Copperfields;  775 Village Court Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Nov 1 ~ Tellabration ~ Storytelling performance for adults and teens, TELLABRATION!™ is a free community event that brings some of the best storytellers in the Bay Area to Santa Rosa for an evening of telling tales in the oral tradition. Diane Ferlatte, Jacquelyn Lynaugh, Kenneth Foster, and Cal Johnson present a dynamic mix of personal, traditional, and innovative stories meant to make you think, laugh and remember.  TELLABRATION!™ is a worldwide event presented in communities across the globe on the same evening each year.  Free/donation. 7-9p. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Nov 4 ~ The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro - From the author of NY Times bestseller The Art Forger comes a thrilling new novel of art, history, love, and politics. Seventy years after a brilliant emerging Abstract Expressionist artist vanishes on the eve of WWII, her great-niece attempts to answer the questions surrounding her disappearance.  FREE - 6p - 102 Matheson St. Healdsburg Copperfields 

Nov 6 ~ "Confessions of an Economic Hitman.” by John Perkins -Lecture & Book Signing After spending 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Perkins followed up his blockbuster book with even more shocking revelations in at updated version, "New Confessions of an Economic Hitman,” which includes 15 new chapters that bring the disclosures up to date and to U.S. soil. $20.00
3p-4:30p - Sonoma Valley Women’s Club, 574 First St., East, Sonoma
Georgia Kelly, DirectorPraxis Peace Institute P.O. Box 523, Sonoma, CA 95476  707-939-2973

Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28. -Jumpstart Your Writing - Copperfields Petaluma - Do you want to write but don't know how to get started? Creative prompts inspire writing. There will be no critiquing or judging of your writing.  Jumpstart Writing Workshops are for your enjoyment and can lead to writing short stories, novels, memoir, personal essay and poetry. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. $15 per workshop -6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -  Copperfield's Books in Petaluma.    .

Nov 8, 15, 22  -  Jumpstart Your Writing - Petaluma Community Center - Do you want to write but don't know how to get started? Creative prompts inspire writing. There will be no critiquing or judging of your writing.  Jumpstart Writing Workshops are for your enjoyment and can lead to writing short stories, novels, memoir, personal essay and poetry. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. $15 per workshop -9:30 am to 11:30 am - Petaluma Community Center.

Nov 9 ~ The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach The Fault In Our Stars meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in this hilarious but heart-wrenching novel about a frighteningly smart disabled boy who finds love and hope in a Russian hospital. FREE - 6p - 230 Petaluma Ave. Sebastopol, Hopmonk Tavern 

Nov 11 ~ Book Launch: Katherine Hastings,Sonoma County Poet Laureate Emerita"Shakespeare and Stein Walk Into a Bar" - This is a collection of ‘imperfect’ sonnets as well as other poetic forms responding to their subjects accordingly, including Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare conversing at a bar, spiders who eat their mothers, Lorca’s last lover, climate change, and more. It “is animated by the two most rewarding and replenishing of poetic forces: dexterous formal diversity and a fierce, unflinching searching,” writes Malachi Black.There will be selected readings, followed by a Q&A, book sales and signing. Refreshments will be available for sale.FREE  All donations are gratefully invited. 7p Occidental Center for Arts 3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, 

Nov 13 ~ Redwood Writers Present Amanda McTigue: The Writer's Voice - Bringing Life to Words. $10. 2:30p-4:30p - Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa,  For details, go to

Why do agents, editors--and, most importantly, readers--reach for our writing? The answer we always hear is “voice,” a hard-to- define and sometimes harder-to-develop authorial sound that distinguishes our work from all others’. But what do we mean by voice? How do we find it, hone it? Amanda McTigue offers specific shifts of focus for all phases of our work (from drafting to editing) to help us develop an authentic, compelling and memorable voice on the page across all genres. 

Nov 17 ~ Whose Heritage is This? - Dr. Purser will explore how global heritage policies and the lucrative, politically-salient global “heritage industry” play a role in stoking certain conflicts and mediating between other conflicting parties. Dr. Margaret Purser, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Sonoma State University Online RSVP necessary. $5 parking fees will apply - 1:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall, Sonoma State University -1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park  Joint presentation with Sonoma State University/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) No admission charge.  The website contact and phone contact willbe posted when it is available.

Nov 19 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic at the Library Take the Mic -“I Never Thought This Would Happen" Date: November 19, 2016 10:00 AM -12:00 Place: Santa Rosa Central Library 211 E Street, Santa Rosa707.545.0831 Open to the Public Free
Calendar listingRedwood Writers Open Mic at the Library Take the Mic - “I Never Thought This Would Happen"Redwood Writers member Jean Wong emcees this every-other-month literary delight of Sonoma County authors. Each Open Mic has a theme, but readers are welcome to share any five minute work they like. The event is open both to Redwood Writers members and the general public. Refreshments are served. Sign up and include a 50 word bio at 
About Redwood Writers: Redwood Writers is the largest of 21 branches of the California Writers Club, founded in 1909. Early members included Jack London, George Sterling, John Muir, Joaquin Miller and the first California poet laureate, Ina Coolbrith.  Its motto is “writers helping writers.”  The general public is invited. Free. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to
Calendar Listing: Short FormDate: November 19, 2016 10:00 AM -12:00  Redwood Writers "Take the Mic" Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library. The general public is invited. Free. Sign up and include a 50 word bio at

Nov 19 ~ Premier Book Release ~   LITE Initiatives Presents, Author, James Ross Godbe,2016 Premier Book Release:  Still Point, The Geometry of Consciousness. This event is one of a series of inspiring and educational presentations sponsored by LITE Initiatives, a local non profit focused for more than a decade on reducing the local use of fossil fuels and their negative impact on the environment and human habitat. ( e.g. Community Bikes, Zero Waste Sonoma, Car Light...) 7-9p, Youth Annex, 425 Morris St, Sebastopol. $15 admission. 

Nov 20 ~ Third Sunday Salon - Terry Ehret is a poet and teacher, one of the founders of the innovative Sixteen Rivers Press, a hands-on publishing collective run by and for San Francisco Bay Area Poets. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently Night Sky Journey from Kelly’s Cove Press. Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nomination for the Northern California Book Reviewer’s Award, and five Pushcart Prize nominations. From 2004-2006, she served as the poet laureate of Sonoma County where she lives and teaches. Terry will be reading with fellow translators John Johnson and Nancy Morales. FREE - 1:30p - The Bean Affair; 1270 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg -

Dec 1 ~ Schools for Salone - Ms. Nofziger and Dr. Heavner will describe the challenges of creating indigenous partnerships, anticipating crises, and addressing fundamental needs in education and health through international initiatives. Schools for Salone (SfS) partners with vulnerable villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to rebuild the schools devastated in the ten-year civil war that ended in 2002. Cindy Nofziger, Founder and Executive Director, Schools for Salone & Dr. Robert Heavner, former Board Member for Schools for Salone; clinical psychologist  Santa Rosa Members & SLV free: Visitors $5 - 7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium 5555 Montgomery Drive SR.


Sep 18 ~ Redwood Writers Workshop ~ All Things Amazon with David Kudler.  The world’s largest online retailer offers a plethora of opportunities for the author and indie publisher. Are you taking advantage of the ones that are right for you? From Kindle Direct Publishing to Amazon Advantage to Goodreads, we’ll touch on a wide variety of the different programs you should be availing yourself to. Hurry - workshop is limited to 30 participants. $35. 8:30a-12:30p. $35. Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa.

Nov 12 ~ Sensory Literary Open Mic ~ Poetry and Stories that Highlight the Senses. 12:30 to 1:30 pm, at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol The 2nd Saturday of each month. Round robin open mic. Donation: $5 to $10. *Scent free event. Listeners welcome Hosted by Sher Christian

Nov 19 ~ Take the Mic - “I Never Thought This Would Happen" ~ Redwood Writers member Jean Wong emcees this every-other-month literary delight of Sonoma County authors. Each Open Mic has a theme, but readers are welcome to share any five minute work they like. The event is open both to Redwood Writers members and the general public. Refreshments are served. The general public is invited. Free. 10:00 AM -12:00  at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa INFO: 707.545.0831. Sign up and include a 50 word bio at  For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to

Nov 20 ~ Third Sunday Literary Open Mic ~ 12:30-1:30p. at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave.(Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Round robin open mic, short stories and/or poems about your summer if you like. Listeners welcome. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Donation: $5 to $10. *Scent free event. 

Dec 11 ~ Redwood Writers Present Rebecca Foust: How Poetry and Prose Practices Nurture Each Other ~ 2:30 PM - 4:30PM.  Redwood Writers Present 


Do Tell Story Swap - When & Where ~ 2nd Tuesday of Each Month ~ 7-9p. For grownup and teen storytellers and listeners. Come join us to listen and/or tell your tale! The Swap maintains an atmosphere of openness, acceptance and assistance to all storytellers. Please limit your story to 7 minutes. Stories are to be told and not read. Read our “Swap Updates” on this website for a summary of stories told each month…lots of variety! Free/Donation suggested $3-5. First Congregational United Church of Christ - Friendship Hall, 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa.

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

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.

10/22: Petaluma / Tolay Fall Festival, Tolay Lake Regional Park  11 Am - 4 Pm
10/23: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
10/23: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
10/23: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
10/23: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
10/23: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 Pm
10/25: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
10/30: Geyserville / Geyserville VFD Fundraiser Breakfast  8 Am - 12 Pm

10/30: Geyserville / Geyserville VFD Fundraiser Breakfast  8 Am - 12 Pm
11/5: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, Luther Burbank Center  10 Am - 1 Pm
11/5: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm
11/5: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  4 - 5:30 Pm
11/12: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  11:30 Am - 12:30 Pm
11/12: Glen Ellen / Post Office  1 - 2 Pm
11/12: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  2:30 - 4:30 Pm
11/12: Camp Meeker / VFD Fundraiser Dinner, Anderson Hall  6 - 8 Pm
11/19: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
11/19: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
11/19: Bodega Bay / Veterinary Hospital  12 - 1 Pm
11/19: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
11/19: Monte Rio  3:30 - 5 Pm
11/27: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  10:30 Am - 12:30 Pm
11/27: Santa Rosa / Oliver's Market, Stony Point Rd  1 - 3 Pm
11/27: Forestville / Tree Lighting  4 - 6 Pm
11/29: 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.
Nov 1 ~ Mac Barnett, Petaluma 7p
Nov 2 ~ NaNoWriMo Write-In, Petaluma 6p
Nov 2 ~ Michael Krasney, Montgomery Village Store 7p
Nov 3 ~ Jay Asher, Petaluma 7p
Nov 4 ~ Thumbprint Cellars Series: B.A. Shapiro, Healdsburg 6p
Nov 7 ~ Jumpstart Writing Workshop, Petaluma 6:30p
Nov 9 ~ Kids Event - Dana Simpson, Petaluma 4p
Nov 9 ~ Scott Stambach, Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, 6p
Nov 10 ~ Boks on Stage: Janelle Hanchett, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 7p
Nov 11 ~ Linda Johnsen, Petaluma 7p
Nov 17 ~ Christian Robinson, Petaluma 4p
Nov 19 ~ Book Launch and Writing Workshop with Jordan Rosenfeld, Petaluma 2p
Nov 19 ~ Erik VAnce, Sebastopol 7p
Nov 21 ~ Paul Bannick, Montgomery Village Store, 4p
Dec 11 ~ Hanukkah Storytime, Petaluma 11a
Dec 12 ~ Hanukkah Storytime, Montgomery Village, 4p 

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 ~ ~
Oct 6 ~  7:00 p.m. M.J. Ryan reads from Habit Changer.
Oct 8 ~  5:00-7:00 p.m. Random Acts.
Oct 13 ~ 7:00 p.m.  Poetry reading by Katherine Hastings and Susan Kelly-Dewitt.
Oct 26 ~ 7:00 p.m. Kathleen Hill's Last Wednesday Food Book Group meets.  All are welcome.
Oct 27 ~  6:30 reception, 7:00 p.m. book launch for Andy Weinberger The Ugly Man Sits in the Garden.
Nov 3 ~  7:00 p.m. Susana Millman discusses Alive with the Grateful Dead.
Nov 5 ~  2:00 p.m. Cecelia Tichi discusses her book Jack London, A Writer's Fight for a Better America.
Nov 6 ~  3:00 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Women's Club, Praxis Peace Institute presents John Perkins, author of The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman.Tickets available at
Nov 12 ~  5:00-7:00 p.m. Random Acts.
Nov 14 ~ 7:00 p.m. Jane Sobel Klonsky presents her new book Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love.
Nov 15 ~  7:00 p.m. Sonoma's Lynn Downey reads from her latest book Levi Strauss, The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World.
Nov 26 ~  All Day Birthday Party-- Readers' Books is 25!  
There will be music, and cake, and discounts, and gifts galore--please join us!
Nov 30 ~ 
7:00 p.m. Last Wednesday Food Book Group

Sonoma County Libraries ~ 

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
Nov 12 ~ Project Rx: A Research Remedy, 10a-2p.
Nov 18 ~ Family Movie Night, 4-5:45p
Nov 19 ~ International Game Day, 1-3p 

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Family Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Oct29 ~ Halloween Fun - Books and Treats Come in Costume! Crafts!  1-3 
Nov 5 ~ Master Gardeners Workshop: Are We Having Fungi Yet?, 10:30a-12:30p
Nov 16 ~ Energy Independence Workshop, 6p 

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
Nov 1-5 ~ Photography Exhibition - George Rose Wine Country Photography
Nov 12 ~ Master Gardners: Fall Gardening 101, 10:30a-12:30p
Nov 16 - 19 ~ Fall Book Sale 

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

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 5 ~ The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents "Twelth Night", 2p
Nov 12 ~ Children's Book Sale, 10a-3p
Nov 16-19 ~ Friends of the Library Fall 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
Nov 5 ~ Master Gardener Fall 2016 Lecture Series, 10:30a

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 TuesLearn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a.  
Nov 12 ~ Native Youth Pomo Dancers, 2p
Nov 30 ~ Introduction to Ukuelele for Adults, 5:30p 

Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebatopol Rd, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Bilingual Storytime, 10a
Every Sat ~ Read to a PALS Dog, 11a

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 11ap

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
Nov 9 ~ The Mysteries of Jack London: His Birth, the Fire and His Death
Nov 12 ~ Honey B and the Pollinators, 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



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 Sat ~ Literary open Mic at Readers Books, Sonoma ~ Polish up those poems, practice the new song, prepare.  Next Saturday we'll meet in the Reading Garden between 5:00 and 7:00 for our always interesting and engaging literary open mic.

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. ~ 

3rd Sun  ~ Literary Open Mic ~ 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly, witty writers. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Round robin open mic.  Listeners welcome. Donation: $5 to $10.  Scent free event.

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

Project Censored ~ The news that didn’t make the news. ~ projectcensored.orgd

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