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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!


Sonoma County Library - Coffee with the Director ~ Please join us for the new series of Coffee with the Director forums. 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
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

Mar 1 ~ Christopher Bollyn: "Solving 9-11 Ends the War" ~ Christopher Bollyn is author of "Solving 9-11: The Deception That Changed the World" and "Solving 9-11: The Original Articles". These books will be available at the lecture. Free Event. 7-9p at Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, 467 Sebastopol Ave. Santa Rosa

Mar 6 ~ Michael G. Nagler on the Search for a Nonviolent Future ~ presenting his two books on creating change through nonviolent neans and building peaceful communities for ourselves and our families. 6 - 8 , $5 min. fod purchase. Questions following presentation. Dine with Local Aurhors at Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa INFO: 707544-2491,

Mar 11 ~ "Let It Shine - the 6000 Year Story of Solar Energy" ~ Special Presentation & Book Signing by author John Perlin. Sebastopol, 7pm  @ Sebastopol Grange. Santa Rosa, 12 pm  @ Santa Rosa Junior College

Mar 12 ~ Evening of Reading ~ Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents a free evening of readings featuring poet Donna Emerson and prose writer Susanna Solomon who will both be reading from their published works. Audience will have a chance to meet and talk to the authors. 7 PM at 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. 707-894-2214

Mar 29 ~ Celebration Book Launch for Tania Pryputniewicz’s November Butterfly ~ An Evening of Poetry and Poetry Movies featuring the work of Sonoma County Artists. Q & A, book signing and sales. Free admission but donations happily accepted. Refreshments sold. 3p at OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian at Graton Rds. Further info: 707-874-9392 or


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!

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.

Mar 8 ~ 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: 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. 

Mar 8 ~ Public Speaking for Writers & Other Introverts ~ 3-5p with Betsy Fasbinder. Featured speaker at regular meeting of Redwood Writers. At the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For details, go to

Mar. 6, 13, 20 ~ Write for healing, self-awareness and spiritual growth ~ with Susan Hagen, award-winning author and writing guide. Drop-in Fridays, 10:30 – 12:30, no reservation or experience needed; open to all adults over 18. Join us every time, or as often as you like. Series is ongoing, most Fridays of the month at Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave. across from Coffee Catz patio in Sebastopol. Suggested donation starts at $20. Questions? Contact Susan Hagen at 707-888-0849 or More info, more dates, and more writing opportunities at

Mar 20 ~ “Pitch Fest Boot Camp,” The Storytellers Expo. Do’s and don’ts of pitching writing projects. FREE. 7-9 p.m.. At the Bertolini Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. For details, go to Mar 20-22 ~ Three-day workshop for writers to meet with execs and producers from Hollywood and publishers from New York. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets $295/$395. At the Bertolini Center, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. For details, go to

Mar 28 ~ Sonoma County Local Author Showcase & SymposiumCentral Santa Rosa (downtown) Library gathering of local authors from all over Sonoma County. They will be on hand to talk about their work, the writing process, and to answer questions. Short author talks will take place throughout the day.  FREE. 10:30am - 3:00pm, 211 E. Street, Santa Rosa INFO: Invitation on Facebook

Mar 28 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mike2-4 p.m. with featured readers Lynn Millar and Lilith Rogers. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa INFO:

Apr 4 ~ Redwood Writers Library Open Mic ~ Hosted by Jean Wong. Theme in April is “Hard Times.” 10 a.m.-noon t the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa, (707) 545-0831. For details, go to

Apr 12 ~ Tips for Successful Essay and Memoir ~ Writing teacher and editor Susan Bono will discuss key concepts of essay and memoir writing at the meeting of Redwood Writers, 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. For more information, go to

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. 

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:
2/17: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
2/24: El Verano / El Verano Preschool (AM Class)  9 Am
2/24: Boyes Hot Springs / Oak Ridge Seniors  10:30 - 11:30 Am
2/24: El Verano / El Verano Preschool (PM Class)  1 Pm
2/24: Agua Caliente / Hanna Boys Center  2 Pm
2/28: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
2/28: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
2/28: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital  12 - 1 Pm
2/28: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
2/28: Monte Rio  3:30 - 5 Pm

3 /14: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  10 - 11:30 Am
3 /14: Glen Ellen / Post Office  12 - 1 Pm
3 /14: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
3 /14: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  3 - 4:30 Pm
3 /15: Larkfield / Larkfield Center  10 - 11:30 Am
3 /15: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  12 - 1:30 Pm
3 /15: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm
3 /17: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
3 /28: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
3 /28: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
3 /28: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital  12 - 1 Pm
3 /28: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
3 /28: Monte Rio  3:30 - 5 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)

Sonoma County Libraries ~ Visit for event details

Petaluma Regional Library, 100 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
Feb 25-28 ~ Winter Book Sale 10a - 5p
Mar 6-21 ~ 
Petaluma Arts Association Annual Spring Library Show 10a - 4p
Mar 24 ~ Paper Airplanes! (all ages) 11a
Mar 27 ~ Reimagine the Library : Community Visioning Meetings 5:30p
Mar 28 ~ Minecraft Coding Camp (grades 6-9) 10a

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.
Feb 28 ~ Pam Brown Storytime (Ages 2-6) 11a 
Feb 28 ~ Peter van Gelder Group: Music of India 2p
Mar 10 ~ Saint Patrick's Day Tween and Teen Tie Dye T-Shirt Craft (ages 10 & up) 3:15p
Mar 11 ~ Family Evening Storytime (ages 2 & up) 5:30p
Mar 17 ~ Book Discussion - The Flamethrowersby Rachel Kushner 11:30a
Mar 17-28 ~ Sonoma County Library Art Exhibit 2015 all day
Mar 26 ~ Coffee with the Director 8:30a
Mar 28 ~ Teen Book Title Scavenger Hunt 10a
Apr 1 ~ Teen Book Title Scavenger Hunt 10a
Apr 2 ~ Teen Book Title Scavenger Hunt 10a 

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
Feb 28 ~ "Sudden Oak Death" presented by Sonoma County Master Gardener Janet Calhoun. 10:30a - 12:30p
Feb 28 ~
African American Folktales with Kirk Waller (ages 5 & up) 2p
Mar 3 ~ 20/20 Book Challenge ~ Open to all adult readers ages 16 and older, take the challenge and read, read, read 20 books in 2015. All Day
Mar 3 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance 1p 
Mar 5 ~ Reimagine the Library : Community Visioning Meetings 5:30p
Mar 7 ~ Story Ninjas: Improvised Fairytale Hour (ages 5 & up) 1p
Mar 18 ~ Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board Meeting 7p
Mar 19 ~ Teen Lounge 3:30p
Mar 21 ~ Master Gardeners Spring 2015 Series ~ "Minimum Impact, Maximum Output Gardening: People Safe and Earth Safe Garden Practices" presented by Sonoma County Master Gardener Dennis Przybycien. 10:30a - 12:30p
Mar 21 ~ African American Folktales with Kirk Waller (ages 5 & up) 2p
Mar 25 ~ Little Missy's Music Time (ages 2 and up) 11a
Mar 28 ~ Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 2:30p

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) 11aJan 8 ~ Great Books 1p
Every 2nd Thur ~ Great Books 1p
Mar 7 ~ 
Santa Rosa Symphony: String Quintet Performance for the Whole Family (all ages) 1p
Mar 10 ~ Mystery Book Discussion 12p
Mar 12 ~ Great Books 12:30p
 Mar 18 ~ Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board Meeting 7p
Mar 24 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion of The Golem and the Jinni by Hele 12p or 1p
Mar 28 ~ Sonoma County Local Author Symposium and Showcase 10:30a

Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa
Every Thu ~ Read to a PALS Dog 3:30p
Feb 28 ~ Author talk, Sylvie Simmons, author of 'I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen' 2p
Mar 7 ~ 
Make a Colorful Spring Mobile! (ages 5 & up) 11:30a
Mar 7 ~ Santa Rosa Symphony: String Quintet Performance for the Whole Family (all ages) 2:30p
Mar 14 ~ Story Ninjas: Improvised Fairytale Hour (ages 5 & up) 2p
May 18 ~ Book Discussion of Sparta by Roxana Robinson 2:30p
Mar 18 ~ Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board Meeting 7p
Mar 25 ~ California Young Reader Medal Story Hour and Voting! (all ages) 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
Feb 24 ~ 
Kids Create: Learn How to Crochet (ages 7-12) 4p
Feb 28 ~ Uncle Jer's traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 11a 
Mar 10 ~ Book Discussion: Dear Alice by Alice Munro, a collection of short stories. 2:30p
Mar 28 ~ Puppet Art: Little Red Riding Hood (ages 5 & up) 2p

Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg
Every Sat ~ Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10:30a
Feb 28 ~ 
Kids Create: Learn How to Crochet (ages 7-12) 10a
Mar 3 ~ Simply Science: Magnets ~ ages 3-5, 10:30a. 
Mar 4 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance ~ Tax Preparation Assistance for Older Adults. No appointment is required.  10a
Mar 6 ~ Fitness Fun with MyGym (ages 0-3) 10:30a
Mar 17 ~ Kids Create: St. Patrick's Day (ages 7 & up) 4p
Mar 18 ~ Peter van Gelder Master of the Sitar 2p
Mar 26 ~ Drumming Magic (all ages) 2p
Mar 28 ~ Super Science: Science of Toys (grades K-5) 10a
Mar 28 ~ Santa Rosa Symphony: String Quintet Performance for kids (all ages) 1p

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
Mar 4 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance ~ Tax Preparation Assistance for Older Adults. No appointment is required.  10a
Mar 12 ~ 
Book Discussion: "The Fault in our Stars," by John Green 2p 
Apr 1 ~ 
Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 2:30P

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
Feb 28 ~ 
African American Folktales with Kirk Waller (ages 5 & up) 11a
Mar 7 ~ 
Adult Reader's Theater 2p
Mar 10 ~ 
Teen Game Lounge 4p 
Mar 12 ~ 
Reimagine the Library : Community Visioning Meetings 5:30p
Mar 14 ~ 
Master Gardeners: Conquering Gophers and Moles 10:30 - 12:30p 
Mar 19 ~ 
Knit Wits 3:30p
Mar 21 ~ How to Make Illustrated Travel Journals 10a
Mar 25 ~ Foodie Book Club 6p
Mar 26 ~ Self Care is the Best Health Care 5:30p

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
Mar 7 ~ 
East Indian Music with Sitar Master Peter van Gelder 2p
Mar 12 ~ 
Sonoma Library Advisory Board Meeting 4p
Mar 14 ~ 
Santa Rosa Symphony: Brass Quintet (for kids) 1p 
Mar 14 ~ 
Santa Rosa Symphony: Brass Quintet 2:30p
Mar 26 ~ 
Book Discussion GroupMr. Penumbra's 24-hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. 2p
Mar 28 ~ Saturday Story and Craft Time 10:30a

Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Feb 25 & 28 ~ Readers’ Theatre ~ 
Isn’t the Truth Good? By Marilyn Wolters,Please Have a Seat and Someone Will Be With You Soon by Garth Wingfield, Happiness Hunting by Bo Anderson, HOV-POW by Jeff Swan. 7p Wed, 2p Sat
Mar 11 ~ Board Meeting 7p
Mar 12 ~ Book Discussion - "End of Your Life" by Will Schwalbe - 12:30p
Mar 25 & 28 ~ Readers' Theater ~ Directed by Angie Orr. The Interview by A.R. Gurney. Mom in Love by Delia Ephron. Intervention by Mark Lambeck. Wed @ 7p, Sat @ 2p.
Apr 1 ~ 
Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 11a 

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations.
Mar 6 ~ STEVEN NIGHTINGALE 7p at San Rafael
Mar 7 ~ MARIE-ROSE PHAN-LE 7p at Sebastopol
Mar 9 ~ ELIZABETH COLLISON 7p at Sebastopol
Mar 11 ~ DAVE BARRY & BEER at the FLAMINGO 7p at the Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa
Mar 12 ~ STEVE SANDO 7p at Petaluma Seed Bank
Mar 12 ~ CARA BLACK 7p at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa
Mar 13 ~ OLEN STEINHAUER 7p at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa
Mar 16 ~ DEBUT BREW with MARY HELEN SPECHT 6p at Jamison's Roaring Donkey
Mar 19 ~ GARRY WILLS 7p at Community Church of Sebastopol
Mar 20 ~ Writers' Workshop with MARJORIE SANDOR & DAVID DODD 7p at Petaluma
Mar 20 ~ DANIEL ARNOLD 7p at San Rafael
Mar 21 ~ STEPHANIE KEGEN 7p at Healdsburg
Mar 24 ~ DEBUT BREW with JAN ELLISON  6p at Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol
Mar 24 ~ J.A. JANCE 7p at Napa
Mar 27 ~ DR. GORDON FRANKIE 7p at Sebastopol 
Mar 27 ~ MARY DORIA RUSSELL 7p at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa
Mar 28 ~ COPPERFIELD’S COOKS with SHAUNA SEVER 11a at Whole Foods Culinary Center
Mar 31 ~ LITERARY FICTION with AMANDA MCTIGUE 6p at Montgomery Village, 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 Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~ 


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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