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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!


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.
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. 

starting Oct 29 ~ Sonoma County Library - Coffe with the Director ~ Please join us for the new series of Coffee with the Director forums, beginning Wednesday, October 29, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Rincon Valley Library and Thursday, October 30, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Central Library. 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
November at Healdsburg Library
December at Petaluma Library
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

Readers Books, Sonoma: Here's a quick look at the events scheduled in October and November--we'll give you more info on each as they approach...130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707-939-1779 Sign Up for Andy's weekly letters - worth your time!
Oct 19 10 a.m.- noon. Proceeds to benefit PDK Foundation.
Oct 26 10 a.m.- noon. Proceeds to benefit Willmar Grief Center.
Oct 29 7:00 p.m. Kathleen Hill's Last Wednesday Food Group welcomes Janet Fletcher to discuss her books Cheese and Beer and Cheese and Wine. 
Oct 30, 7:00 p.m. C.A. Collier reads from Sonoma, Tales of a Twisted Vine.
Nov 2  10 a.m -noon. Proceeds to benefit Crescent Montessori School.
Nov 6 7:00 p.m. Arlene Balin reads from With Intent to Murder.
Nov 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Random Acts
Nov 13, 7:00 p.m. Book launch for Catherine Seveneau who will read from Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir.  
Nov 19, 2:00 p.m. AAUW Holiday Book Talk with Jude Sales.
Nov 29  Readers' Books celebrates our 23rd Birthday! 

Oct 21 ~ The Written Word Mixer ~ This event connects and networks writers, authors, readers, copywriters, illustrators, journbailsts, bloggers, graphic artits, etc. Like minds. Break-out sessions with professionals in their field. $15 or $5 for Aqus Community Members. Light snacks, beverages for sale. Sponsored by Coperfields Books and Petaluma Center for the Arts. 6-8pm The Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville Petaluma INFO: 707.762.5600

Oct 22 ~ Mystery Writers in the Mausoleum ~ Juried mystery writers and dramatists will share stories of suspense, mystery, magic and the supernatural by candlelight. Still without electricity the Odd Fellows mausoleum is located at 1900 Franklin Avenue in Santa Rosa. FREE 7-9p, more info at

Oct 24 ~ Award-Winning Children’s Author to Visit Sonoma ~ This fall, award-winning children’s author, Leann Smith, is touring the country offering her heartwarming tales of the holiday season.  The book signing for The Magic Christmas Key, a Mom’s Choice Award Winner, will be held at The Toy Shop from 2:30- 5:00PM. For more details, visit

Oct 24-27 ~ Fall Book Faire ~ You will find thousands of donated
books - fiction and nonfiction, current titles and old favorites. At the Veterans Memorial Bldg by the fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.
Oct 24 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Preview Sale for Friends Members Only
Oct 24 from 3:00 – 7:30 p.m. Free Admission or All
Oct 25 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Oct 26 from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. – Half Price Day
Oct 27
from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Bag Day ( $5/Bag)

Oct 25 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic ~ Open Mic Reading at Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, from 2-4 p.m. with featured readers Crissi Langwell and Helen Sedwick. All interested writers are invited to sign up for the second half. For more information, go to

Oct 26 ~ LOCAL WRITERS UNITED ~ our semi-annual event designed so that we can hear from some of our Sonoma County writers who have new books to share; Claire Drucker, Maryann Schacht and ArmandoGarcia-Davila will kick off the series. There will be time for questions and conversations with them all and for a brief open mike, as others give us previews of their upcoming books.  And for light refreshments of course; there is even a rumor that wine will be served…. No need to reserve in advance.  Park in the Church lot unless you need closer access, in which case use the Sitting Room driveway. 2:30 to 4:30.

Nov 3-24 ~ NaNoWriMo "Write Ins" ~ Monday Afternoons, November 3, 10, 17, 24, from 1-4 pm UUCSR Writers November “Write Ins” for NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Bring your computer, pencil and pad, parchment and quill, etc. we will write, write, write! You can buy a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or lunch at our new meeting place the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa (Near Coddingtown) Route 11 Bus stops in front of Ice Arena. Parking is free. Email Georgette G. deBlois if you plan to attend: ggdeb@sonic.net

Nov 5 ~ West Side Stories ~ Sonoma Valley Portworks provides a stage, a microphone, a theme to inspire and a supportive and lively audience. Come listen, enjoy, share and let your mind be transported. 7:30-9p, tickets at

Nov 6 ~ Books on Stage ~ poet Ruth Thompson reading from her books “Woman with Crows,” and “Here Along Cazenovia Creek.” Prose writer Don Mitchell will read from his novel “A Red Woman Was Crying.” Each author will read for approximately 30 minutes followed by a Q & A with a short intermission between readers.  Afterwards there will be refreshments available in the lobby and audience members will have a chance to talk with the authors and purchase a book.  7 PM Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale info -, 707-894-2214 

Nov 8 ~ She Was An American Spy During WW II ~ a historical fiction powerpoint presentation by Jeane Slone at Sebastopol Library, 2 PM, 7140 Bodega Ave. Sebastopol. Call 823-7691 or

Nov 9 ~ A Publication Party ~ For Pat Nolan's new book of poems Your Name Here. Meet the author, book signing and sales, refreshments in a convivial literary atmosphere. 1:30-3:30p at 925-D Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol.

Nov 9 ~ What’s Your Book? ~ Get ready to bring new life into your book project with the help of writing coach Brooke Warner from 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Redwood Writers. For more info, go to

Nov 10 ~ Dining With Authors ~ 5 authors read from their books. Q&A. Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa 6-9 PM. Call or email to request dining at a specific author's table: 544-2491 or Local Author's Distributor:  

Nov 22 ~ Author Event ~ Windsor Regional Library is proud to present local childrens' author, Jennifer Alvarez, who will discuss her new book, The Guardian Herd: Starfire, the first book of the three-part fantasy series about the magical world of pegasi. 11a at Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway


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, 2015.

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,,

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. 
Oct 16 ~ Stefanie Freele: Short Fiction author 
Nov 20 ~ Nina Amir: Editor and Book Coach 

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. 


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 October SCHEDULE:
10/21: El Verano / El Verano Preschool (AM Class)  9 Am
10/21: Boys Hot Springs / Oak Ridge Seniors  10:30 Am - 12 Pm
10/21: El Verano / El Verano Preschool (PM Class)  1 Pm
10/21: Agua Caliente / Hanna Boys Center  2 - 3 Pm
10/21: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  5 - 6:30 Pm
10/21: Glen Ellen / Post Office  7 - 8 Pm
10/25: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
10/25: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
10/25: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital  12 - 1:30 Pm
10/25: Jenner  2 - 3:30 Pm
10/25: Monte Rio  4 - 5:30 Pm
10/26: Geyserville / VFD Fundraiser Breakfast  8 Am - 12 Pm
10/26: Cotati / Oliver's Market  5 - 6:30 Pm
10/28: Healdsburg / Child Development Center  10 Am
10/28: Geyserville / Geyserville Middle & High Schools  11:15 Am - 1:30 Pm
10/28: Healdsburg / Kids on Campus Aftercare  2:30 - 5 Pm
10/28: Healdsburg / Casa del Mole Parking Lot (Center Street)  5:30 - 7 Pm

Bookmobile November SCHEDULE:
11/4: Petaluma / Senior Center & PPSC Lunch  12 - 2 Pm
11/4: Petaluma / Lucky Market, Pet. Blvd. North  5:30 - 7 Pm
11/8: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  9:30 - 11 Am
11/8: Glen Ellen / Post Office  11:30 Am - 12:30 Pm
11/8: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  1 - 2 Pm
11/8: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  2:30 - 4 Pm
11/8: Camp Meeker / Anderson Hall, VFD Fundraiser Dinner  6 - 8 Pm
11/9: Larkfield / Larkfield Center  10 - 11:30 Am
11/9: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Road  12 - 2 Pm
11/9: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2:30 - 4:30 Pm
11/18: Healdsburg Area Events TBA (check
11/18: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
11/22: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
11/22: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
11/22: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital  12 - 1 Pm
11/22: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
11/22: Monte Rio  3:30 - 5 Pm
11/30: Forestville / Tree Lighting Ceremony  4 - 6 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)

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit for store locations.

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 Sebastopol Regional (707) 823-7691, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
Every Tues ~ Wee Read ~ Storytime for babies 0-24 months. 11:30a
Every Tues ~ Wiggle Time ~ Storytime, songs, and fun! Ages 2-5. 10:30a
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 Wed ~ Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime ~ (ages/edades 1-5) 11:30a
Every Thu ~ Wiggle Time ~ Storytime for ages 2-5. 10:15a
Oct 23 ~ Pumpkin Decorating Contest ~ 
Decorate miniature pumpkins to be displayed in the library. We will supply the pumpkins and decorations, you supply the creativity.  Free!  For tweens and teens ages 9-18. 4p 
Oct 24 ~ Pumpkin Decorating for Kids ~
We supply the pumpkins and decorations, you supply the creativity! For ages 4 and up. 4p
Oct 29 ~ Read to a Zombie ~
Come practice your reading skills by reading to a friendly zombie!  For children ages 5 & up. 3:30p
Oct 29 ~ Foodie Book Club ~  
Ask at the library for the current meeting menu. For adults and mature teens. 6p X
Nov 1 ~ Adult Readers' Theater ~join us in hearing and reading great plays – no acting experience needed and no stage fright! 2p
Nov 6 ~ Knit Wits Club ~ Know how to knit? Wanna learn? Join us for Knit Wits, a teen knitting program at the library, to learn tips & tricks, and to make projects to share with our community. 4p
Nov 12 ~ Tweens Create ~ Tweens ages 9 to 12 can join us in making a great craft using old CDs.  Supplies provided. 4p
Nov 14 ~ Hooray for Picture Books! ~ Join us for stories, activities, and crafts for children based on 4 fun picture books.  For ages 4 and up. Free! 4p
Nov 15 ~ Safe Gardening: Avoiding Injury and Illness ~ Presented by Master Gardener Lois Temple. 10:30a
Nov 20 ~ Beeswax Candle Making ~ As winter approaches, come make some cheerful candles from beeswax.  Decorate for them for the holidays as well!  All supplies provided.  Free! 
For teens ages 12 to 18. 4p
Nov 25 ~ Lego Club ~ We will provide the Lego bricks, along with a different theme each month. Ages 6-12. 4p
Nov 26 ~ Foodie Book Club ~ Ask at the library for the current meeting menu. For adults and mature teens. 6p 

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~ 
Oct 26 ~
Sunday at Readers' ~ 10a- noon. Proceeds to benefit Willmar Grief Center.
Oct 29 ~ Kathleen Hill's Last Wednesday Food Group welcomes Janet Fletcher to discuss her books Cheese and Beer and Cheese and Wine. 7p
Oct 30 ~ C.A. Collier reads from Sonoma, Tales of a Twisted Vine. 7p
Nov 2 ~ Sunday at Readers' ~ 10a -noon. Proceeds to benefit Crescent Montessori School.
Nov 6 ~ 7p Arlene Balin reads from With Intent to Murder.
Nov 8 ~ 5-7p. Random Acts
Nov 13 ~ 7p. Book launch for Catherine Seveneau who will read from Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir.  
Nov 19 ~ 2p. AAUW Holiday Book Talk with Jude Sales.
Nov 29 ~ Readers' Books celebrates our 23rd Birthday! 

Guerneville Regional Library ~   14107 Armstrong Woods Rd. ~ 707-869-9004.  All Programs are Free  
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ Preschool Storytime  ages 3-5 at 11a
Oct 9 ~ Book Discussion group “Sisters Brothers” by Patrick de Witt at 12:30p
Oct 18 ~ Peter van Gelder Group at 2p. His lucid sitar style has won praise from audiences around the world. Peter and his group will present the music of India.
Oct 29 ~ Teen Pumpkin Carving at 5p.
Nov 8 ~ Casting Call for Readers Theatre ~ 1-4p. Scripts available in Library 2 weeks prior to auditions. Commitment: Rehearsals and Performances 15 hours per month January, February or March 2015
Nov 13 ~ Book Discussion ~ “Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin, 12:30p
Nov 15 ~ Pruning 101 ~ Master Gardener Fall Series presented by John Bramfitt. 10:30a - 12:30p
Nov 22 ~ Young Writers Essay Contest Awards Ceremony ~ Awards presented to the 6th, 7th , 8th graders who submitted an essay to the Contest. Sponsored by the River Friends of the Library. 1p


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 ~

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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