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Luminarias – December 11th, 2017 at SHED

City of Vines:
Master Wine Historian on LA Wine History at SHED

Healdsburg Literary Guild, SHED and Carol Shelton Wines present Thomas Pinney, author of the widely acclaimed two-volume A History of Wine in America, giving a slide talk drawn from his new book The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles, on Monday December 11, 2017, from 7 to 8:30 PM, at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg.  Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at :   Your admission includes a seat, a glass of Carol Shelton wine and some savory bites prepared by SHED chef Perry Hoffman.  This event has been rescheduled from its original October date due to the fires.  For every ticket sold, $5 will go to Corazon, a Healdsburg based non-profit dedicated to bridging the racial and economic division in our community, helping those with scant resources recover from the fires,  and to supporting multiculturalism by taking collective action surrounding the social determinants of health.

Thomas Pinney remains the premiere scholar writing on American wine history. His magisterial A History of Wine in America) sets the standard in clarity, narrative verve, mastery of sources and readability in wine history. He has yet to be seriously challenged. Tom will center his talk and slide show on The City of Vines, his latest book recounting the beginnings of California’s world-renowned wine trade in the dusty isolated pueblo now called Los Angeles. Before there was a serious wine industry in Northern California, there was a thriving industry grown first from mission roots and then put on a commercial industrial basis bya French vigneron named Vignes with a vineyard near where Union Station is today. Pinney encompasses winemaking in Los Angeles from its beginnings in the late eighteenth century through its decline in the 1950s. He explores how the LA wine industry has been shaped by the forces that shaped all California under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States: colonialism dependent on labor of indigenous peoples; the Gold Rush population boom; transcontinental railroads; rapid urbanization; insect plagues; Prohibition and its decades-long hangover.

The Healdsburg Literary Guild (HLG) produces this Luminarias series to bring literary luminaries right to Healdsburg. For decades the Guild has also enriched Healdsburg’s cultural environment through numerous literary arts programs The Guild sponsors the Literary Laureate. It has produced literary programs since 2000 with its Third Sunday Salons, currently held in the Bean Affair Coffee Shop. The Guild has published numerous collections and chapbooks.


Bean Affair Coffee Shop, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue—1:30–3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

December 17th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

It’s Open Mike at the Salon! Come join us for an afternoon of readings and if you’d like to share, step up to the mike.





January 17th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Waights Taylor Jr., born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, now living in Santa Rosa, California, has written five books, starting with two non-fiction books: Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic: An Artist’s History of the Slavic People (2008), and the award-winning Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham—The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth Century (2011). Three murder mysteries followed, a trilogy featuring private detectives Joe McGrath and Sam Rucker: the award-winning Kiss of Salvation (2014), Touch of Redemption (2016), and concluding the trilogy, Heed the Apocalypse (2017).