LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams
Sonoma County CALENDAR
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 sonomalibrary.org.
January at Cloverdale Library
February at Windsor Library
March at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library
April at Guerneville Library
May at Sebastopol Library
June at Sonoma Valley Library
July at Northwest Library
Jan 17 ~ LumaCON 2015: Famed Local Illustrators Support Petaluma’s First Annual Comic Convention for Youth. ~ North Bay comics illustrators and authors are signing on to appear at Petaluma’s first comic and popular culture convention, LumaCon, on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Tom Yeates (“Prince Valiant”), Brent Anderson (“Astro City”), J.W. Rinzler (“The Making of Star Wars”), and Paige Braddock (“Jane’s World”) and many others will be displaying their work, and sharing their passion about comics, graphic novels, and pop culture publications with teens and children. The “shadow an artist” program allows students to sit side by side with a professional artist or writer for half an hour. Registration for “shadow an artist” and for the Youth Artist Alley are open now at the LumaCon website: http://lumacon.weebly.com. Adults $15, Youth $5, Family $10, Under 10 FREE Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Herzog Hall, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma
Jan 22 ~ The Lost Books of the Bible ~ Rev. Gaetano Salomone, author of The Secret Gospel of Mark and the Burial Shroud of Jesus. 7:30pm Many Rivers Books, 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871, www.manyriversbooks.com. Check out - and add comments to - our new Many Rivers blog available from the Many Rivers homepage, or at manyriversbooks.com/blog1/.
Jan 23 ~ Book launch for Michael David Fels’ The Queen of Kansas ~ 7pm at Occidental Center for the Arts. Free admission but donations happily accepted! Refreshments. Selected readings by the author, Q&A, book sales and signing. 3850 Doris Murphy Court (corner of Bohemian Hwy and Graton Rd.) Further info: 707-874-9392 or occidentalcenterforthearts.com
Jan 24 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series ~ The WordTemple Poetry Series kicks off the 2015 season with Ellery Akers, author of Practicing the Truth, winner of the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize and Joe Zaccardi, editor of Changing Harm to Harmony — Bullies & Bystanders Project. Sonoma County poet Phyllis Meshulam will open with poems from Doll, Moon. 7p at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. FREE. For more information go to www.wordtemple.com
Jan 27 ~ Journey Through the Genres: Fiction Book Club ~ Redwood Writers monthly book club featuring works written by members who will be available for questions. Books are for sale at Copperfield's. Meet the last Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Montgomery Village store, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. Schedule of authors/books at www.redwoodwriters.org
Jan 29 ~ The Fruit of Poetic Collaboration ~ Poets Amy Trussel and Nancy Dougherty. 7:30pm Many Rivers Books, 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871, www.manyriversbooks.com. Check out - and add comments to - our new Many Rivers blog available from the Many Rivers homepage, or at manyriversbooks.com/blog1/.
Jan 31 ~ Redwood Writers Library Open Mic ~ The theme in January is “One Last Chance.” The general public is invited to sign up to read. 10 a.m.-noon at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. www.redwoodwriters.org.
Feb 7 ~ She Was An American Spy During WW II ~ Historical fiction slideshow presentation by Jeane Slone, Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St., Healdsburg, 433-3772,firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 9 ~ Dining With Authors ~ 5 authors read from their books, Q & A, Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 6-8 PM. Calll or email for reservations. 544-2491 or email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. http://socolitupdate.com/directory-of-writers/
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! http://www.sittingroom.org/publish.html
Feb 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. Suggested donation starts at $20. SoCoHA, 6741 Sebastopol Ave. across from Coffee Catz patio. 707-888-0849; email@example.com; www.susanhagen.com.
Feb 13 ~ Off the Page readers theater ~ We've selected the theme for our Spring show: Surprise! tales of the unexpected. 1 act plays, chapters of novels, short stories, narratives, poems. DEADLINE Feb. 13, 2015 via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All submitters will be notified by March 13, 2015 of the status of their submission[s]
Feb 21 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series ~ TSERING WANGPO DHOMPA and PATTI TRIMBLE with musicians PETER WHITEHEAD and STEVE SHAIN. 7p at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. Free Event. www.wordtemple.com
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. www.bigbrickreview.com
Redwood Writers Academy 2015: 3 Workshops to Take Your Work From Inspiration to Publication ~ Start off 2015 with three Sunday morning workshops focusing on crafting your best work and launching it into the world: Jan. 11 with Joshua Mohr on plot and character, Feb. 8 with Stuart Horwitz on the Book Architecture Method, and March 8 with Joel Friedlander on Pathways to Publication. The workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per workshop or $75 for the series for members, or $40 per workshop or $100 for the series for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. www.redwoodwriters.org/workshops/
UUCSR Writers • Writers of all Genres. We meet 10 months a year, Jan-Oct, no meetings in November and December, on the first Monday of the month (except Sept-the second Monday) at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-568-5381. Time: 2-4 pm Writers regular monthly meeting. Writer presentations of a work in progress. Novelists, Poets, Memoirs, Screenwriters, whatever your chosen work, come and share your written words with us. Information: Georgette G. deBlois, email@example.com,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. www.TheWriteSpot.us
Early Literacy ~ Events for children at Sonoma County libraries. READ-TALK-PLAY-SING programs at all library branches. Schedule: www.sonomalibrary.org
Free Bookmobile Info ~ freebookmobile.org 707.520.4536 Check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/freebookmobile
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. Glen@freebookmobile.org
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 sonomalibrary.org 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
Jan 22 ~ Lego Club (ages 6-12) 3:30p
Feb 10-13 ~ Drop-in Valentine Crafts 10a - 6p
Feb 20-21 ~ Children's Book Sale 10a - 5p
Feb 25-28 ~ Winter Book Sale 10a - 5p
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
Jan 20 ~ Book Discussion 11:30a
Jan 20 ~ Teen Book Bag Construction Project 4p
Jan 22 ~ Mid-East Tapestry: A Musical Magic Carpet Ride 6:30p
Jan 24 ~ Pam Brown Storytime (Ages 2-6) 11a
Jan 27 ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a
Jan 31 ~ Teen Valentines Guessing Game all day
Feb 5-7 ~ Winter Book Sale 10a - 5:30p
Feb 10-13 ~ Valentines Drop-in Craft Table (3 & up) 10a - 6p.
Feb 17 ~ Book Discussion - The Men Who United the States 11:30a
Feb 18 ~ Family Movie Night: Totoro. 6p
Feb 21 ~ Habitat Gardens: Butterflies, Birds & Bees...Oh My! 10:30a - 12:30p
Feb 28 ~ Pam Brown Storytime (Ages 2-6) 11a
Feb 28 ~ Peter van Gelder Group: Music of India 2p
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
Feb 7 ~ Valentine's Day Craft Program (all ages) 1p
Feb 10 ~ Mystery Book Discussion 12p: The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson
Feb 21 ~ Super Science: Dry Ice (grades K-5) 1p
Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa
Every Thu ~ Read to a PALS Dog 3:30p
Jan 23 ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Jan 27 ~ Brown Bag Book Discussion: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 12p
Jan 31 ~ Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 2:30p
Feb 7 ~ African American Folktales with Kirk Waller (ages 5 & up) 11a
Feb 18 ~ Book Discussion of 'The Art of Hearing Heartbeats' 2:30p
Feb 28 ~ Author talk, Sylvie Simmons, author of 'I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen' 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
Jan 24 ~ The Mosey Boys 2p
Jan 27 ~ Tweens Create: Fun with Felt (ages 9-12) 4p
Jan 31 ~ African American Folktales with Kirk Waller (ages 5 & up) 2p
Feb 10 ~ Book Discussion: Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner, 2:30p
Feb 24 ~ Kids Create: Learn How to Crochet (ages 7-12) 4p
Feb 28 ~ Uncle Jer's traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 11a
Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg
Every Sat ~ Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10:30a
Jan 24 ~ Read to a Dog 11a
Jna 23 ~ Wee Read Bilingüe 10:30a
Jan 21 ~ Tween Book Club (grades 4-6) 4p
Jan 21 ~ Science Fair Mentoring Clinic (grades K-8) 5:30p
Jan 28 ~ Honey B and the Pollinators 7p
Jan 31 ~ Super Science: Fun with Slime (ages 5 & up) 10a
Jan 31 ~ Science Fair Mentoring Clinic (grades K-8) 1p
Feb 7 ~ Uncle Jer's traveling Bee Show (ages 5 & up) 11a
Feb 7 ~ She was an American Spy ~ Jeane Slone talks about her latest book, 2p.
Feb 12 ~ Science Fair Mentoring Clinic (grades K-8) 4:30p
Feb 24 ~ BiblioBop Dance Party (ages 0-5) 10:30a
Feb 28 ~ Kids Create: Learn How to Crochet (ages 7-12) 10a
Copperfield’s Books Events Visit copperfieldsbooks.com for store locations.
Jan 29 ~ MANDY AFTEL ~ Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. 7p at Healdsburg Store, 106 Matheson St.
Jan 30 ~ GREG VAN EEKHOUT in Conversation with Ross Lockhart ~ Pacific Fire. 7p at Petaluma Stpre. 140 Kentucky St
Jan 30 ~ SUZANNE FRIEDMAN ~ Zen Cancer Wisdom. 7p at Sebastopol Store, 138 N Main St.
Feb 3 ~ JOAN PRICE ~ The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty. 7p at Sebastopol Store, 138 N main St.
Feb 3 ~ LIZ CARLISLE & friends ~ Lentil Underground. 7p at The Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd N.
Feb 5 ~ SUSAN PEASE GADOUA & VICKI LARSON ~ The New “I Do”. 7p at Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky St.
Feb 9 ~ STUART HORWITZ ~ Blueprint Your Bestseller. 3:15p at Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky St.
Feb 10 ~ PETER STARK ~ Astoria. 7p at Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Ct.
Feb 12 ~ SUSAN CAMPBELL, PhD ~ Five-Minute Relationship Repair. 7p at Sebastopol Store, 138 N Main St.
Feb 13 ~ ELENA MAULI SHAPIRO ~ In the Red. 7p at Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky St
Feb 13 ~ SAMANTHA SHANNON ~ The Mime Order. 7p at Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Ct.
Feb 16 ~ M.O. WALSH ~ My Sunshine Away. 6p at Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma.
Feb 18 ~ JONAH RASKIN in conversation with ARTHUR DAWSON ~ A Terrible Beauty. 7p at Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Ct.
Feb 20 ~ PETER RICHARDSON ~ No Simple Highway. 7p at Sebastopol Store, 138 N Main St.
Feb 20 ~ JOYCE CAROL OATES ~ The Sacrifice. 7p at Montgomery Village Store, 775 Village Ct.
Feb 20 ~ PATRICIA BRACEWELL ~ The Price of Blood. 7p at Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky St.
Feb 24 ~ DANIEL HANDLER ~ We Are Pirates. 7p at Petaluma Store, 140 Kentucky St.
Events at Many Rivers Books, 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871, www.manyriversbooks.com. Check out - and add comments to - our new Many Rivers blog available from the Many Rivers homepage, or at manyriversbooks.com/blog1/.
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.
1st Mon ~ UUCSR Writers ~ Open to all levels. Jan-Oct, 2-4pm, In the Party Room at the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Ln, Santa Rosa ~ 707-568-5381 ~ uucsrwriters.blogspot.com
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed ~ Life Stories Class ~ Try our kind & encouraging class. No age requirement. Free. 1-3pm, Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ 707-431-3324 ~ ci.healdsburg.ca.us
3rd Wed ~ WordTemple ~ Katherine Hastings hosts poetry interviews, readings, & reconstructions. 7:00-8:00 pm, KRCB 91.1 FM ~ wordtemple.com
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. email@example.com
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 ~ theWriteSpot.us
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Sat ~ Open Mic Poetry Circle ~ Hosted by Mike Tuggle. All welcome. 11 am, River Reader Bookstore, 16355 Main St, Guerneville ~ 869-2240, email@example.com
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. ~ www.HbgLitGuild.org
Redwood Writers Club ~ Monthly meeting. $5/$8. Light refreshments. 2:30-5 pm, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa ~ 707-578-8938 ~ redwoodwriters.org
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 ~ sebarts.org
Poetry Reading & Workshop ~ Hosted by poet Sher Christian. By donation. 12:30-2:30 pm, Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol ~ 707 829-6600 ~ lusciouspoetry.typepad.com
Book Discussion Groups ~ Bring a brown bag lunch, book, & banter. ~ sonomalibrary.org/bookgroup
Project Censored ~ The news that didn’t make the news. ~ projectcensored.org