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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 →

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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


20 in 20 San Jose: Rita Bullwinkel
Presented by the Center for Literary Arts of San Jose

“In Bullwinkel’s creepy, deadpan debut, bodies become objects, objects become bodies, and bodies and objects fuse and part in fascinating, unsettling ways.”—The New York Times

Rita Bullwinkel celebrates her story collection Belly Up, featuring grotesque and tender stories of ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, and carnivorous churches. In conversation with Steinbeck Fellow Katie M. Flynn. FREE

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Katie Flynn

Katie M. Flynn is a 2018-2019 Steinbeck Fellow. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Joyland Magazine, Juked, Ninth Letter, Witness Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction and... Read More →

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Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, which won the 2018 Believer Book Award, and is currently being translated into Italian and Greek. Bullwinkel’s writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthor... Read More →

Friday, October 11


20 in 20 Marin City: Your Voice, Your Story
The Butterfly Series' Maria Ramos-Chertok leads an interactive workshop designed to awaken your inner knowing and get your pen flowing. She’ll also discuss the joys of being part of an anthology of stories written by women of color, All The Women in My Family Sing, and read an excerpt. You'll leave with a personal essay or poem. Open to all ages and levels of writing experience. FREE

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Maria Ramos-Chertok

Founder & Facilitator, The Butterfly Series Writing Workshop
Maria Ramos-Chertok is a writer, workshop leader, and coach who facilitates The Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next. Her book, The Butterfly Series: Fifty-two Weeks of Inquiries for Transformation was published in August... Read More →

Friday October 11, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Marin City Library 164 Donahue Street Marin City CA 94965


20 in 20 Point Richmond: Quieting Your Inner Critic
It goes without saying: in order to publish a book it must first be written. But what if your inner critic sits in judgement and stalls your progress? Or forces you into an unending cycle of editing and rewriting? Featuring Charlie Haas, Leta McCollough Seletzky, Louis B. Jones, and moderator Jane Vandenburgh on shutting their inner critics up and getting that book finished. FREE

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Charlie Haas

Charlie Haas is a screenwriter (Gremlins 2) and novelist (The Enthusiast) and author of the historical novel Sunland, long in process.
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Leta McCollough Seletzky

Leta McCollough Seletzky is an essayist (O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times) and author of The Kneeling Man, a father/daughter memoir whose publication is upcoming.
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Louis B. Jones

Louis B. Jones is a novelist, (Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck, California's Over, Radiance, and Innocence) and co-director of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Friday October 11, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kaleidoscope Coffee 109 Park Pl, Pt. Richmond CA 94801


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 →

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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


20 in 20 Menlo Park: Stephen Chbosky
Twenty years ago, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower made readers everywhere feel infinite. Now, Chbosky returns with Imaginary Friend, an epic work of literary horror, years in the making, whose grand scale and rich emotion redefine the genre. Read it with the lights on. In conversation with E.M. Markoff. $10-40

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E.M. Markoff

E.M. Markoff is the award-winning Latinx author of The Deadbringer and To Nurture & Kill. Growing up, she spent many days exploring her hometown cemetery, where her love of all things dark began. Upon coming of age, she decided to pursue a career as a microbiologist, where she spent... Read More →

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Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky is the author of the multi-million-copy bestselling debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his novel, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. He also directed the acclaimed 2017 film Wonder starring... Read More →

Friday October 11, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real` Menlo Park, CA
Saturday, October 12


20 in 20 Los Gatos: Teen Writing Workshop
The Los Gatos Library partners with Litquake to host a writing workshop for tweens and teens. Join poet Jen Sirganian for an afternoon of writing fun. For writers aged 11-16. Registration opens September 23 (in person at the library information desk or by phone at 408-354-6896). FREE

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Jen Siraganian

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet, teacher, and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Los Gatos Library 100 Villa Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030


20 in 20 El Cerrito: Poets Laureate at the Library
A poetry reading from six current and former El Cerrito poets laureate. Featuring Rebecca Black, Aileen Casinetto, Dani Gabriel, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, and Lisa Rosenberg. Hosted by Maw Shein Win. FREE

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Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black’s first book, “Cottonlandia,” won a Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. “Hers is a poetry full of promise and pain, migrating from Otis Redding to nanotechnology,“ writes New Yorkerpoetry editor Kevin Young.  A former Wallace Stegner... Read More →
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Aileen Cassinetto

In October 2018, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors appointed Aileen Cassinetto to the honorary post of Poet Laureate. Aileen is the third (and first Asian American) Poet Laureate of San Mateo County and will serve a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2019. Her role as Poet... Read More →
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Dani Gabriel

Dani Gabriel is a poet and writer whose work explores themes of redemption, resurrection, poverty, mental illness, queerness, justice, child rearing, and joy. She is a long time teacher, fundraiser, and activist.
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Ciera-Jevae Gordon

Ciera-Jevae is a Richmond native, serving as one of the Poets' Laureate of Richmond, California. She is a recently published author of Unto Ivy's rib, a collection of poetry dedicated to her six year old sister exploring Black girlhood & Black womanhood. Her work focuses on the... Read More →
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Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win's chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press (2016). Her collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Maw is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 - 2018), and her forthcoming book of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in 2020.
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Lisa Rosenberg

Lisa Rosenberg is the author of A Different Physics, winner of the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. She holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and served as 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she worked... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
El Cerrito Library 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito, 94530


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

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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


20 in 20 Davis: Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage Davis presents two selections from the October 2019 issue of Under the Gum Tree, Sacramento's creative nonfiction magazine. Join us for an evening of great writing, great art, and true stories—told without shame. Doors open at 7 pm. FREE, $5 suggested donation

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Under the Gum Tree

Celebrating its eighth anniversary, Under the Gum Tree publishes "true stories told without shame," and has received numerous mentions in Best American Essays.

Stories on Stage Davis

Stories on Stage Davis has presented new and emerging authors as well as those nominated for the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, and Man Booker Prize.

Saturday October 12, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Pence Gallery 212 D Street, Davis, Ca
Sunday, October 13


20 in 20 Corte Madera: Write In/Write On!
Co-presented by the Marin Writers' Nest and Moxie Road Productions

An afternoon of writing, confabbing over wine, and a chance to read a short piece with Brooke Warner, publisher, writing coach, and author of Write, On Sisters!. Brooke will speak about why community matters, reframing rejection, and why it’s more important than ever to elevate women’s voices. All participants receive a copy of Write On, Sisters!. Male writer allies welcome. $40

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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

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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 →

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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
Monday, October 14


20 in 20 Half Moon Bay: Beach Reads
"Beach reads are the cool aunts of the literary world: They drive with the top down and take you to new places."—The New York Times

Authors Meg Donohue, Allie Larkin, Dana Reinhardt, and Lolly Winston delight, provoke, and make you stay up late turning the page. Presented in—where else?—Half Moon Bay. Wine and appetizers will be served. FREE

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Meg Donohue

From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a spellbinding and suspenseful tale inspired by Wuthering Heights that illuminates the ways in which hope—and even magic—can blossom in the darkest of places. You, Me, and the Sea, Donohue's fifth novel, appears on many Best... Read More →
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Allie Larkin

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novels, Stay, Why Can’t I Be You and her latest release, Swimming for Sunlight. Her short fiction has been published in the Summerset Review and Slice, and nonfiction in the anthologies I’m Not the Biggest Bitch... Read More →
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Dana Reinhardt

Dana Reinhardt is the Bay Area-based author of several middle grade and YA novels, including How to Build a House, Tell Us Something True and We Are the Goldens. Her new novel for adults, Tomorrow There Will be Sun, tells the tale of two families on vacation in Puerto Vallarta... Read More →
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Lolly Winston

New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston (Good Grief, Happiness Sold Separately) is back with a beguiling story of grief and healing among imperfect people, Me For You. Kirkus called it, “a poignant story about loss, unexpected connections, and the circuitous path toward... Read More →

Monday October 14, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ink Spell Books 500 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Tuesday, October 15


20 in 20 Fairfax: Pints & Prose
Tuesday Night Writers resurrect “Pints & Prose,” a very special and potentially smutty evening under the redwoods. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories including All the Wrong Places, Three for the Road, and Creek Walk. Her most recent, Rough Translation won the Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award. Molly is... Read More →
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Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, which won the Next Generation Indie Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Award. Her first novel, The Painting, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award and named a Best... Read More →
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Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce will neither confirm nor deny having any association with persons, living or dead, thathave worked for intelligence gathering agencies, in the United States or abroad, in any capacitywhatsoever. He can, however, confirm that he has spent time in exotic and sometimes dangerouslocations... Read More →
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Cyn Cady

Cyn Cady is a founding member of “The Tuesday Night Writers,” hosts of the popular Pints & Prose reading series in Fairfax. Her writing has appeared in Potpourri, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tiny Lights, Dark Recesses Press, The West Marin Review, New Southerner Magazine, Hobby... Read More →
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Amanda Conran

Amanda Conran is proud to own the kitchen that has hosted all the Tuesday Night Writers meetings since 2006. She works as a children's book specialist and booktalker at Book Passage, Corte Madera, and as a freelance editor both as part of the Paths to Publishing program at Book Passage... Read More →
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Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is a freelance editor and the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading (Dutton), in which a bibliophobic girl’s entire life changes in the weeks leading up to her Sweet 16 because of a book her parents buy her—one she absolutely does not want. Tanya's... Read More →
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Chris Cole

Chris Cole is a published novelist, poet and musician with several patents in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning who also writes under the pseudonym Disembodied Poetics. He has forgotten how to compartmentalize and is currently employing all of those hyphenates and more... Read More →
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Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson is a strategic consultant in San Francisco and both a longtime fan of and sometime writer with the Tuesday Night Writers.
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Holly Lynn Payne

Holly Lynn Payne is the CEO and founder of Booxby Inc. and an internationally published author of four novels, translated into ten languages and 12 countries. In 2008, she founded Skywriter Books, an award-winning small press, publishing consultancy and writing coaching service. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter... Read More →


20 in 20 Santa Cruz: On Keeping it Weird
Co-presented by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz

It’s 2019 and it seems things can't get any stranger. What better time to mine the oddities of life with noted writers Elizabeth McKenzie, Micah Perks, Peggy Townsend, Liza Monroy and Wallace Baine. Moderated by Dan White and Amy Ettinger. FREE

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Amy Ettinger

Amy Ettinger is the author of Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America. She hasappeared on All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here & Now, Forum, and TheCalifornia Report. She’s written for the New York Times, McSweeney’s, theWashington Post, The Huffington Post, New York... Read More →
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Dan White

Dan White is the author of Under The Stars, which Wild author Cheryl Strayed called "the definitive book on camping in America." The Cactus Eaters, his bestselling memoir about walking the Pacific Crest Trail, was a Los Angeles Times "Discovery" selection. He has taught writing at... Read More →

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Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie’s novel The Portable Veblen was longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction and received the California Book Award for fiction. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Tin House, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others.    
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Micah Perks

Micah Perks is the author of four books, most recently a book of linked short stories, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape and the novel What Becomes Us, winner of an Independent Publisher’s Book Award and named one of the Top Ten Books about the Apocalypse by the Guardian... Read More →
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Peggy Townsend

Peggy Townsend is an award-winning newspaper journalist and author of the bestselling 2018 mystery novel, See Her Run and its follow-up, The Thin Edge, both published by Thomas &  Mercer. As a reporter, she has covered serial killers, murder trials and once chased an escaped murderer... Read More →
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Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is an award-winning journalist and arts writer who regularly contributes to Santa Cruz Good Times, Metro Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Chronicle.  His work has been syndicated in newspapers nationwide and his fiction has appeared in the Catamaran Literary Reader... Read More →
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Liza Monroy

Liza Monroy is the author of three books: the novel Mexican High, the memoir The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend in America and What It Taught Us About Love, and the essay collection Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire. Her writing has appeared in the... Read More →

Tuesday October 15, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


20 in 20 Campbell: South Bay Voices
Hear new and upcoming works from poets and writers in the South Bay. Featuring Sally Ashton, Rachelle Escamilla, Keenan Norris, Jennifer Massoni Pardini, Erin Redfern, Alan Soldofsky, and Jan Steckel. FREE

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Jen Siraganian

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet, teacher, and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best... Read More →

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Jan Steckel

Jan Steckel was a Harvard- and Yale-trained pediatrician who took care of Spanish-speaking children until chronic pain persuaded her to change professions to writer, poet and medical editor. She is an activist for bisexual and disability rights who lives in Oakland, California.Her... Read More →
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Jenn Pardini

Jennifer Massoni Pardini has contributed to magazines since 1999. Currently, she is Senior Editor and Marketing Specialist for the GENTRY family of magazines, a division of Golden State that includes Gentry, now in its 26th year, as well as Gentry Home, Gentry Destinations, and Gentry... Read More →
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Alan Soldofsky

Alan Soldofsky is the author of In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013). He teaches at San Jose State University where he directs the MFA program in Creative Writing. He lives in San Jose.
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Sally Ashton

Sally Ashton is Editor-in-Chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Writing across genres, in collaboration with artists, and specializing in short prose forms, Ashton is the author of four collections. She has taught at San José State University, UC Santa... Read More →

Thursday, October 17


20 in 20 Orinda: Diablo Writers' Workshop
Eight local writers step up to share debut stories developed with the Diablo Writer’s Workshop, an East Bay home for writers to discover their voices. FREE

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Janine deBoisblanc

co-founder, Diablo Writers' Workshop
Janine deBoisblanc is a co-founder of Diablo Writers' Workshop with Andrea Firth, where she teaches Writing From Life Experience classes for adults of all ages and backgrounds. Students work in creative nonfiction, fiction, as well as poetry. Janine is currently working on a memo... Read More →
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Andrea Firth

co-founder, Diablo Writers' Workshop
Andrea Firth partnered with her graduate school friend Janine deBoisblanc to create Diablo Writers’ Workshop, a home for writers in the East Bay. Andrea is a journalist and specializes in healthcare reporting. She is working on a collection of essays which combines her love of... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Monica Brar

Monica Brar is a mother, a wife, and a physician who has called Alamo home for 20 years. Through the serendipity of finding the Diablo Writers class at Orinda Books, she has also found her voice in creative nonfiction. Her superpower is making exact change at the grocery store.
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Joanne Durkee

Joanne Durkee is a retired education administrator and an education/social justice advocate who has discovered a new passion for writing about authentic human struggles and victories. She lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband and also enjoys time with her two adult children and... Read More →
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Tim Eliason

Tim Eliason grew up in a small farm town in Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he spent no time in the famed Writer’s Workshop but much time in bars. He’s built a career in print management, and enjoys family, travel, golf and literary fiction. He lives in... Read More →
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Sharon Iversen

Sharon Iversen was a nurse and an attorney in her working life. She lives in Orinda, now writing about those lives and a secret one as well.
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Sonali Jolly-Wadhwa

Sonali Jolly-Wadhwa is a writer and poet. She writes in English, Hindi and Punjabi and has published poetry collections in all three languages. A wife, and mother living in Walnut Creek, she grew up in India and moved to San Francisco 23 years ago and often writes about the intersection... Read More →
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Lauren Matthews

Lauren Matthews grew up in Orinda and graduated from Barnard College. She writes about women, desire, and their intersection with society.
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Maria Rowland

Maria Rowland lives in Orinda and writes both fiction and nonfiction. Even though she has lived in California for most of her adult life, she has deep Southern roots which anchor much of her storytelling and inspires her cooking too.
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Joan Smith

Joan Smith has lived in Lamorinda since 1969. Born and raised under the blue skies of the Sunflower State, she uses Kansas history and family experiences in her stories reflecting country and small town life from the end of the Civil War to the present. Joan also writes stories in... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Orinda Books 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA 94563


20 in 20 Stanford: Down on the Farm
Co-presented by Stanford Continuing Studies

Five extraordinary writers currently teaching at Stanford take the stage to read from their latest: Samina Ali (Madras on Rainy Days), Tom Kealey (Thieves I’ve Known), Charif Shanahan (Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing), Austin Smith (Flyover Country), and Lynn Stegner (For All the Obvious Reasons). FREE

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Sara Houghteling

Sara Houghteling is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition, a New York Times Editors’ Choice Book, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. A recipient of an NEA grant, the Narrative Prize, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and a Fulbright, her work has also appeared in The New... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Lynn Stegner

Lynn Stegner’s books include the collection For All the Obvious Reasons; novels Undertow, and Fata Morgana, both nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Because a Fire Was in My Head, a Faulkner Award for Best Novel and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; and... Read More →
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Tom Kealey

Tom Kealey is the author of Thieves I’ve Known, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award and named as a Best Book by NPR. He is also the author of the Creative Writing Handbook, and his stories have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly... Read More →
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Charif Shanahan

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Thom Gunn Award. Former Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America, he has received awards and fellowships from the NEA, the Academy of... Read More →
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Austin Smith

Austin Smith is the author of two poetry collections, Almanac and Flyover Country, both published through the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford, and has received an NEA grant for his prose. When he isn't teaching fiction... Read More →
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Samina Ali

Samina Ali is an award-winning author, curator, teacher, and popular speaker. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and named a Top Debut of the Year by Poets & Writers... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Stanford University Bldg. 320 (Geology Corner), Rm. 105
Friday, October 18


20 in 20 Novato: Words Off Paper
The Words Off Paper genre-agnostic readers' series celebrates storytelling in all its forms for a special Litquake edition, Varied Voices: Poetry, Stories, and Song. Featuring Julie Nicholson, Molly Giles, Kirsten Casey, Peg Alford Pursell, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, and Rachel Barton. Come early, enjoy a glass of wine and a nibble. FREE

Authors and Participants
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Julie Nicholson

Julie Nicholson is a solo performance artist, poet, and clown who has performed in San Francisco at The Marsh Theater and Studio Shotwell.  Her poetry has been published in Birdland Journal and in Civil Liberties United, Diverse Voices From the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories including All the Wrong Places, Three for the Road, and Creek Walk. Her most recent, Rough Translation won the Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award. Molly is... Read More →
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Kirsten Casey

Kirsten Casey is a resident of Nevada City, California. She has served as a CaliforniaPoet in the Schools instructor and teaches creative writing to kids ages 8–16. She iscurrently coordinator of Dream A Difference, an international non-profit poetryexchange between American schools... 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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Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Words Off Paper
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is the author of the award-winning novel Fire & Water, the memoir Filling Her Shoes, which was honored with a Gold IPPY Award, and support for writers titled From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers, which was honored with... Read More →
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Rachel Barton

Rachel Barton is a high school student in the San Francisco’s East Bay.  With a voice and a talent that contradict her years, Rachel delivers haunting melodies, rich arrangements, and lyrics that speak to the heart. She sings, plays guitar, ukulele, and piano, writing and recording... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Copperfield's Books, Novato 999 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945, USA