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Literary events for week of Sept. 15


For more events or to list author events in our calendar, visit the Press Democrat's events listings at pressdemocrat.com.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>SUNDAY (Sept 15)</strong></span>

<strong>Sandy Eastoak, Third Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic, 12:30 p.m.: </strong>Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Hosted by Sher & John Christian. More details, <a href="http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/" target="_blank">lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne</a>

<strong>Dan Barth and Anita Rowell, 1: 30 p.m.:</strong> Healdsburg Literary Guild's Third Sunday Salon. Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. More details, <a href="http://www.hbglitguild.org" target="_blank">www.hbglitguild.org</a>.

<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">MONDAY (Sept. 16</span>)</strong>

<strong>Nina Schuyler, "The Translator," 7 p.m.:</strong> <em>After an accident, renowned translator Hanne Schubert loses the ability to speak her native language. Speaking only Japanese, she leaves for Japan. After a Japanese novelist accuses her of sabotaging his work, she is forced to reexamine her life, including her estranged relationship with her daughter.</em> Copperfields Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TUESDAY (Sept. 17)</strong></span>

<strong>Tracy Guzeman, "The Gravity of Birds," 6 p.m.:</strong> <em>How do you find someone who wants to be lost? Sisters Natalie and Alice Kessler were close, until adolescence wrenched them apart. In The Gravity of Birds histories and memories refuse to stay buried; in the end only the excavation of the past will enable its survivors to love again.</em> Beer Garden at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. More info, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong> Iris Jamahl Dunkle, "Gold Passage" and Ada Limon, "Sharks in the River," 7:30 p.m.:</strong> <em>Poetry with local poets.</em> Readers' Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 939-1779

<strong>Linda Peterson, "The Devil's Interval," 7 p.m.:</strong> <em>Maggie Fiori uses her powers as a journalist to dig into the world of San Francisco's elite after a limo driver is convicted of murdering a socialite. Between managing her sons' soccer practices, saving her damaged marriage, and handling her maddening staff, Maggie fights to prove that the "Limousine Lothario" was guilty of no more than loving his mother.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com/" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>THURSDAY (Sept. 19)</strong></span>

<strong>Writer's Forum of Petaluma presents Melanie Thorne: Revealing Truth Through Fiction, 7-9 p.m.: </strong><em>Fiction holds the power to reveal deep truths, whether or not every detail in the story "really happened." Life is messy, but it's the writer's job to shape the chaos of our lives into a narrative that captures the bigger truths—the emotional truths—in a compelling, readable package. Fiction allows us the freedom to fully explore those personal and universal truths without the limitations of what "really happened" and express them more clearly and cleanly. In this workshop, we will discuss how to craft interesting fiction that rings even truer than real life.<strong> </strong></em>At Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. $15 at the door. More details at <a href="http://www.thewritespot.us/forum.html" target="_blank">thewritespot.us/forum.html</a>

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>SATURDAY (Sept. 21)</strong></span>

<strong>Marsh Rose, "Lies & Love in Alaska," 1:30 p.m.:</strong> <em>To stop the meddling of her matchmaker friends, divorcee Annalee fakes an affair with an Alaskan bush pilot whose profile she has seen in a magazine about bachelors in that rugged environment. The plan backfires when he appears in her small California town and lures her to his remote cabin with stories about the magnetic pull of the Last Frontier and the promise of lasting love. In ways she never imagined, she finds herself falling for both the pilot and Alaska in spite of the bears, blizzards, peculiar neighbors, pyromaniac ex-girlfriend, stack of love letters hidden in a pantry and evident truth to what they say about single men in Alaska: the odds are good, but the goods are odd. Before Annalee can sever her ties in California and move north, a shocking telephone call from an unknown woman rocks her world and catapults her into a whole new way of life. </em> Copperfields Books Petaluma, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>

<strong>Sonoma County Book Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:</strong> <em>Presenting authors include Dorothy Allison, "Bastard Out of Carolina," "Two or three Things I know for Sure," and "Cavedweller;" Helene Wecker, "Golem and the Jinni;" Anthony Marra, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena;" and Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, "Midori by Moonlight," "Love in Translation," and much more.</em> SRJC, Santa Rosa Campus, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Bertolini Student Center and Outside Quad, Santa Rosa. Free parking. See <a href="http://www.socobookfest.org" target="_blank">www.socobookfest.org</a> for details.

<em> To submit book events for consideration in this column, contact Sara Peyton at sara.peyton@gmail.com at least three weeks in advance of the event.</em>