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<strong>SUNDAY (June 15)</strong>

<strong> Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic,</strong> 12:30 p.m., <em>Round robin open mic: share a poem or short story by you or someone else, if you like. Optional: bring a father poem or story.</em> Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. More info, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

<strong>MONDAY (June 16)</strong>

<strong> Dine with Local Authors,</strong> 6 p.m., <em>John Amodeo, ("Love & Betrayal," relationship/personal growth); Kay Miller, ("Love Comes at Twilight," fiction); Carol M. Hannum, ("The Holon Method," self-healing); Patrick E. Taylor, ("The Martian Pendant," science fiction); Allan Hardman ("The Everything Toltec Wisdom," spiritual guide).</em> Gaia's Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Call or email to request dining at a specific author's table, 544-2491 or

<strong>TUESDAY (June 17)</strong>

<strong> Smith Henderson, "Fourth of July Creek,"</strong> 6:30 p.m., <em>In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions. </em> Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<strong>THURSDAY (June 19)</strong>

<strong> Novella Carpenter, "Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild,"</strong> 7 p.m.,<em> Novella Carpenter picks up the phone one day to receive some disturbing news: her father has officially gone missing. Carpenter's father, George—a back-to-the-land homesteader and troubled Korean War veteran—has spent decades battling his inner demons while largely absenting himself from his children's lives. Though George is ultimately found, Carpenter is forced to confront the truth: her time with her dad—now seventy-three years old—is limited, and the moment to restore their relationship is now. Gone Feral is the story of Carpenter's search for her parents' broken past in the harsh wilds of Idaho.</em> Copperfield's Books, 138 North Main St., Sebastopol, 823-2618, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<strong>THURSDAY (June 19)</strong>

<strong> Writers Forum of Petaluma Presenter Rebecca Lawton on Conflict: Adding Tension to Every Page,</strong> 7 p.m., Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Details, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<strong>THURSDAY (June 19)</strong>

<strong> Poetry</strong>,<em> 7:30 p.m. Michelle Wing ("Body on the Wall"), Ruth Thompson ("Woman with Crows"), and Tania Pryputniewicz ("November Butterfly")</em>. Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. For information,

<strong>SATURDAY (June 21)</strong>

<strong> Dinners to Die For</strong> with Ridley Pearson (Pre-event dinner 5:15 p.m. / reading 7 p.m.) Reserve your spot for dinner by emailing Copperfield's Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, 578-8938, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<strong>SATURDAY (June 21)</strong>

<strong> Poetry,</strong> 7 p.m. <em>Michelle Wing, "Body on the Wall," and Sandra Hunter, "Losing Touch."</em> Yo el Rey Roasting, 1217 Washington Street, Calistoga, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

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