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Thursday, October 10


20 in 20 Petaluma: Kristin Hannah with Ellen Sussman
New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah celebrates the paperback release of The Great Alone, a riveting portrayal of homesteading in Alaska in the 1970s. In conversation with novelist Ellen Sussman. FREE

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Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the author of four national bestselling novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On a Night Like This. All four books have been translated into many languages and French Lessons has been optioned by Unique Features to be made into... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Nightingale, a major motion picture directed by Michelle MacLaren, and The Great Alone, set in Alaska. Hannah is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Night Road, Fly Away... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Copperfield's Books, Petaluma 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA 94952
Friday, October 11


20 in 20 Santa Rosa: Women Who Go Bump in the Night
What lurks in the periphery (and center) of women’s lives, you ask? What bumps in the night and elicits fear and anger, and even laughs? Join Ursa Born, Bernice Espinoza, Amanda Janik, Kayatta, Peg Alford Pursell, Lorelle Saxena, and host Dani Burlison for a night of storytelling through short fiction, poetry, personal stories and more! FREE

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Dani Burlison

Dani Burlison (host) is the creator and editor of “All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger and the Female Body” (PM Press), “Some Places Worth Leaving: Short Stories” (Tolsun Books) and “Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories,” an essay collection based on herMcSweeney’s... Read More →

Authors and Participants

Ursa Born

Ursa Born is writer, mother, and amateur naturalist from the great California North. She writes copy, editorials, and press releases to feed her kids, and sad songs for the ukulele, as well as esoteric fiction and non-fiction, to feed herself. When she is not dying and coming back... Read More →
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Amanda Janik

Amanda Janik has been collecting stories for as long as she has been telling them. Her work has appeared in Silver Birch Press, the Readers Write section of the Sun Magazine, on blogs for Chacos.com and the American Camps Association, and more. An alumna of the Squaw Valley Community... Read More →
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Kayatta is an Oakland Native who grew up on the west end with her mother. As a youth Kayatta began her musical exploration at Hoover Elementary, earning the spot as first trumpet. Needless to say, that was the mustard seed that would fuel her artistic maturation. Her lyrical execution... Read More →
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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc 2019) and Show Her A Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, which was the Foreward Indie’s 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of... Read More →
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Lorelle Saxena

Lorelle Saxena is an acupuncturist and mother. Her writing revolves around the shared human experience and finding the beautiful and extraordinary in everyday life. Her proudest accomplishment is being a nice person most of the time.

Friday October 11, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brew Coffee and Beer House 555 Healdsburg Ave., Santa Rosa
Saturday, October 12


20 in 20 Occidental: WordSpace Studios
Set in a redwood grove between Sebastopol and the ocean, this Occidental Litquake debut features writers who sing, musicians who write, poets who recite, and everything in between. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Nona Caspers

The Fifth Woman (novel), Nona Caspers' fifth book, received the Mary McCarthy Award and was a 2018 LAMBDA Literary Awards finalist, Foreword Indies Book of the Year SILVER medalist, IPPY Awards BRONZE Medalist.  Master's Review said it was one of the "22 books to watch out for this... Read More →
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Amy G. Latham

Amy G. Latham writes short fiction and teaches in the writing program at San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Camera Obscura, Thumbnail Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Berkeley Poetry Review and other journals. In 2013, she completed her MFA at SF State... Read More →
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Lonè Mørch

A Danish author, photographer and mentor, Lonè Mørch’s work lives at the intersection of art, body, identity and culture. She's traveled the world and lived in Nepal and USA, where she's been a development associate with CARE Nepal, education manager at the Kaospilot University... Read More →
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Maureen Simons

Maureen Simons (self) published her first book All About Bananas at age six. She wrote notebooks full of (terrible) poetry in high school and even more (overly earnest) fiction in college. During a long detour in high tech, she attended a dozen writing classes at Stanford University... Read More →
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Jessi Phillips

Jessi Phillips grew up on a horse farm in rural Michigan and received her MFA from Western Michigan University, where she was fiction editor of Third Coast. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in Glimmer Train, Mississippi Review, VICE, Pacific Standard, SF Weekly, and other... Read More →
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Eanlai Cronin

Eanlai Cronin is a teacher, memoirist, and certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. She runs writing groups and retreats in San Francisco's East Bay for anyone in recovery from addiction and trauma, and for anyone longing to return to the well of their own... Read More →
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Martha Grover

Martha Grover is an author, poet, and artist living in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of One More for the People (Perfect Day Publishing) and The End of My Career (Perfect Day Publishing). The End of My Career was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in creative nonfiction in... Read More →
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Matthew Fèlix

Matthew Félix is an author and host of the Matthew Félix On Air video podcast. Matthew’s debut novel A Voice Beyond Reason is the story of a young Spaniard's awakening to his intuition. The 2019 BookLife Prize called A Voice Beyond Reason “(a) highly crafted gem.” Matthew’s... Read More →
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Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film. She is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage and in Paris which features... Read More →
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Rumi’s Caravan

Rumi’s Caravan was first assembled in Sebastopol, CA in 2000 as a vehicle to convey a love of the oral tradition of poetry. The Caravan is both an event and a performance company. In addition to the annual event in Sonoma County, the Caravan has performed in Oakland, Gualala, Chico... Read More →
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Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson is a retired psychotherapist and former mayor of Sebastopol. He is the founder and producer of Rumi’s Caravan, dedicated to restoring the oral tradition of poetry. His collection Roll Away The Stone is available on Amazon. Larry serves on the board of directors of... Read More →
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Barbara Baer

Barbara L. Baer, Forestville, writes long and short fiction, journalism, essays, travel pieces for many publications. Her most recent novels areThe Ballet Lover and The Last Devadasi (Open Books). Winner national journalism award for reporting on United Farm Worker women. Publisher... Read More →
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Susan Swartz

Susan Swartz is a long-time newspaper journalist and columnist. Her columns, written for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, were distributed nationally by the New York Times News Service.Her first novel, Laughing in the Dark, was published this summer by Open Books. She also wrote two books on women and aging, The Juicy Tomatoes Guide to Ripe Living After 50 and Juicy Tomatoes: Plain Truths, Dumb Lies and Sisterly Advice After 50. She lives in Sebastopol with her writer-husband Bob Klose... Read More →
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Bishop & Fuller

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller have toured the USA since 1969 as writer/performers, playing over 3,000 performances nationwide. Their 50+ plays—with productions Off-Broadway and by 30+ theatres—and four public radio series have reached myriads. Their books include three novels... Read More →
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Jodi Hottel

Jodi Hottel’s most recent chapbook is Voyeur from WordTech Press in 2017. Heart Mountain, her first chapbook, was winner of the 2012 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize. Jodi’s been published in Nimrod International, Spillway, Ekphrasis, and anthologies from the University of Iowa Press... Read More →
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Maya Khosla

Maya Khosla is the poet laureate of Sonoma County (2018–20). Her new poetry book is All the Fires of Wind and Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2019). Her work in the natural world has led her into the wild, to the page, and to the screen. Her other books of poetry are Keel Bone (Bear Star Press) and Heart of the Tearing (Red Dust Press... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
WordSpaceStudios 3950 Joy Road Occidental 95465
Sunday, October 13


20 in 20 Napa: Words & Wine
Since 1981, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference has provided literary fellowship and a craft-focused experience among the foothills and vineyards that make the region famous. In celebration of its literary heritage and viticultural setting, the Conference presents readings by conference alumni, staff, and faculty, accompanied by local vintages. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Gillian Conoley

Gillian Conoley was awarded the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. Her new collection, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, will be out with Nightboat in October. She is the author of seven previous books... Read More →
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Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies, Gold Passage, and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air. Her poem “Listening to the Caryatids on the Palace of Fine Arts” will be featured on 100... Read More →
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Valerie Fioravanti

Valerie Fioravanti is the author of the linked collection of Brooklyn stories Garbage Night at the Opera from BkMk Press, which won the Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in many literary journals, including North American Review, Cimarron... Read More →
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Angela Pneuman

Angela Pneuman is the author of a book of short stories, Home Remedies, and a novel, Lay It on My Heart. Her work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, the Los Angeles Review, Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmertrain, The Believer, and... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Napa Bookmine 964 Pearl St, Napa, CA 94559


20 in 20 Penngrove: Shut Up and Write!™
A two-parter lit event! First, Nicole Zimmerman hosts an hour of Shut Up & Write!™. Instead of thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done! Arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Afterward, Nicki Orser hosts a night of writers from the North Bay and beyond. FREE

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Nicki Orser

founder, Penngrove Reading Series
Nicki Orser is an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, a certified Amherst Writers & Artists Facilitator, and founder of the Penngrove Reading Series. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and two children. 
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Nicole R. Zimmerman

NICOLE R. ZIMMERMAN is a recipient of the 2019 Discovered Award for Emerging Literary Artists Grant, made possible, in part, with funds from Creative Sonoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and is an alumna of... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Hilary Zaid

A 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Hilary Zaid is also an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Tin House Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues including Lilith Magazine, The Southwest Review... Read More →
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M.J. Arcangelini

M.J. (Michael Joseph) Arcangelini was born 1952 in western Pennsylvania, grew up there & inCleveland, Ohio. He’s resided in northern California since 1979 and currently lives in west Sonoma County. He began writing poetry at age 11. His work has been published in little magazines... Read More →
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Stefan Kiesbye

Born on the German coast of the Baltic Sea, Stefan Kiesbye moved to Berlin in the 1980s. He studied drama and worked in radio before starting a degree in American studies, English, and comparative literature at Berlin’s Free University. A scholarship brought him to Buffalo, New... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Penngrove Market 10070 Main St, Penngrove, CA 94951