Events

Appearing at the following venues:

Tuolumne County Genealogical Society
LDS Family History Center
19841 Hillsdale Drive, Sonora, CA
Annual seminar and workshop
Oct 14, 2017, Saturday, 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club
541 1st St E, Sonoma, CA
Memoir: Why Write, Genealogy/Family History
Nov 20, 2017, Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club
541 1st St E, Sonoma, CA
Subject: TBA
Jan 19, 2018, Friday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Monthly Open Mic at Readers’ Books
2nd Saturday of every month (except Dec), 5:00 – 6:45 pm
Hosted by: Readers’, Catherine Sevenau, Chris Giovacchini
130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
One-half block off Sonoma plaza on SE side
Face Book page: Random Acts & Writing
www.ReadersBooks.com
707-939-1779
randomacts@gmail.com

Past speaking events:

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
755 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Queen Bee, Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings
Author talk and book signing
Dec 7, 2016, Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Tuolumne County Historical Society
Author talk and book signing:
Tuolumne County Museum
158 Bradford Street, Sonora, CA
Moments in Time, Excerpts from a Family Memoir
(Stories from Sonora, 1943 to 1953)
Nov 11, 2016, Friday, 10:00 a.m. – noon

img_2131Tuolumne County Historical Society
Thursday Evening History Program
at the Tuolumne County Public Library
480 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA
Author talk and book signing:
Moments in Time, Excerpts from a Family Memoir
(Stories from Sonora, 1943 to 1953)
Nov 10, 2016, Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sonoma Book Buddies
Queen Bee, Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings
author talk and discussion
Sep 22, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00

Book PassageMarin Book launch at Book Passage
Queen Bee, Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA
www.BookPassage.com
July 10, 2016, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

KSVY 91.3 Radio, The Morning Show with Christa Graton
Author Interview
Tune in to Sun FM 91.3
Jun 27, 2016, Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Sonoma Valley Historical Society
Research Your Heritage
History Museum: First Thursday Lecture Series
270 1st St West, Sonoma, CA
DepotParkMuseum.org
May 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Catherine QB launch

Queen Bee book launch

Book launch at Readers’ Books
Queen Bee, Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings
130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Feb 11, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Why Write? You Tube, courtesy of Judy Baker

How to Write Your Life: The Making of Your Memoir
Sonoma Community Center
Instructor, Deb Carlen
Guest presentation on memoir
276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Nov 27, 2015, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

Readers’ Books: Disturbing the Dead
130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Genealogy Class, $36
April 13, 2015, Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Berkeley City Commons Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Author talk and book signing
April 10, 2015, Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
755 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Author talk and book signing
Behind These Doors, A Family memoir
Program
February 11, 2015, Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

10689829_1051865114839465_3566640017255465705_nKSVY 91.3 Radio, Sonic Discovery: Interview by James O
Book reading and author talk
Tune in to Sun FM 91.3
Jan 27, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. 

Soroptimist International Sonoma Valley
405 West MacArthur Street, Sonoma, CA
Author talk and book signing
Jan 27, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Readers’ Books Birthday Party, Local Author Signings
Readers’ Books
130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Nov 22, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Book launch at Readers’ Books
Passages from Behind Theses Doors, A Family Memoir
130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Review
Nov 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Community Center

Community Center

A Night of Story & Rhyme
with members of Sonoma Writers Alliance
Sonoma Community Center
276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA
Program
Oct 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Artists an evening soirée w/painters and poets
Studio 35
35 Patten Street, Sonoma, CA
Review
Oct 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

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Catherine Sevenau, Book Launch

Catherine Sevenau, Book Launch

Book Launch at Readers’ on Nov 13, 2014:
I posted on Facebook that my book launch on Thursday night was a “Life Event.” It absolutely was. I felt held, seen, heard, and loved. It was joyous with my heart filled to the brim. It could very well be the high point of all this (and you know what, it would be enough) or it will be seeds of my book going further than that room and my circle of friends.

People say their life passes before their eyes just before they think they’re going to die, but mine presented itself that night. I was touched how many from my past and present were there. Most do not get this kind of acknowledgement until they’re dead, and some don’t even get it then. I’m glad I was able to be there for mine. A hundred+ people came: friends, family, community, a few I didn’t know. The crowd was out the door, and I was over the moon. Catherine

Sonoma Index Tribune, Sonoma Valley Sun, Bohemian, Nov 2014:
Sonoma, California— On Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm, at Readers’ Books in Sonoma, Catherine Sevenau, a longtime Sonoma Valley resident and Realtor, will read selections from her new book, Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir. Reception to follow.

Sevenau’s memoir explores a turbulent childhood: the breakdowns and broken dreams of her fractured family; being raised by a thirteen-year-old sister who was put in charge of her upbringing, and living with an unhinged mother. The narratives are told with brutal honesty, humor, irreverence and grace, reflecting her will to not only survive, but to thrive.

Passages from Behind These Doors reflects the complicated and sometimes messy relationships that come with family, along with the possibility of transforming our lives into something brilliant. Sevenau says, “It’s about laughter and tears, sin and prayer, good intentions and unattended sorrows; it’s about all that, and about keeping a family together.”

Her book is a preview and sweet taste of the forthcoming unabridged version. Available in audio, eBook, and paperback.

 

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