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Literary events for week of Oct. 20


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

<strong>Sunday, Oct. 20</strong>

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

<strong>Michael Parenti, "Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid's Life,"</strong> 2 p.m.: <em>Delightful vignettes about growing up in a three-generation, working-class, Italian family, along with the amusing predicaments of a street kid's life. </em> Readers' Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 939-1779.

<strong>Tuesday, Oct. 22</strong>

<strong>James Preller, "Home Sweet Horror,"</strong> 4 p.m.: <em>Meet Liam Finn, who's just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn't . . . Bloody Mary is here. Called back from the dead by a game, she's just dying to talk.</em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Wednesday, Oct. 23</strong>

<strong>Educator's Tea with Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, "Now I'll Tell You Everything,"</strong> 4 p.m.: <em>Alice

McKinley begins a new phase as a student at the University of Maryland. She experiences many changes, both expected and surprising, that lead her into a future her seventh-grade self could only have imagined.</em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>League of Denial reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage. </em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Thursday, Oct. 24</strong>

<strong>Donna Tartt, "The Goldfinch,"</strong> 1 p.m.: <em>Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.

<strong>"Changing Hurt to Hope: Writers Speak Out Against Domestic Violence,"</strong> 6:30 p.m., Memoir, fiction and poetry reading. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol. Sponsored by YWCA Sonoma County. Contact, Michelle Wing, 478-1460 or wingpoet@gmail.com.

<strong>Friday, Oct. 25</strong>

<strong>David Thomson, "Moments That Made The Movies,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>In his first fully illustrated work, David Thomson breaks new ground by focusing in on a series of moments—which his readers will also experience in beautifully reproduced imagery—from seventy-two films across a 100-year-plus span. </em>Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Saturday, Oct. 26</strong>

<strong>Ken Dalton, Gabriel Fraire, Russ Messing and Michelle Wing, the bi-annual selection of the next Healdsburg Literary Laureate,</strong> 7 p.m., Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. For more information, see<a href="http://www.hbglitguild.org" target="_blank"> www.hbglitguild.org</a> or call or 431-0365.

<strong>In Conversation: Susan Griffin and Judy Grahn, WordTemple Arts & Lectures presents Transforming Terror — Remembering the Soul of the World,</strong> 7 p.m., Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol. More info, khastings@wordtemple.com.

<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>