The Guild is currently seeking individuals in the community who are interested in the literary arts to consider joining our Board. If you would like to discuss our Board activities and a position, please e-mail us at, or come to a Sunday Salon gathering and talk to one of our current Board members.

Illuminarias Event – Jonah Raskin

Jonah Raskin will talk about his latest book, a mystery novel titled Dark Land, Dark Mirror: An Eco-Noir Mystery, and previous works on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 7 to 8:30 PM, at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at :
Your admission includes a seat, a glass of Alexander Valley Vineyards wine and some savory bites prepared by SHED chef Perry Hoffman.


Jonah Raskin stands as a versatile, engaging world renowned writer.  He’s written books on  Allen Ginzberg, Jack London, the wilderness in American literature, marijuana, chapbooks of poetry, and Field Days, a seminal work on eating and drinking and farming in Sonoma County. Now professor emeritus from Sonoma State University, he been book editor and reviewer for both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Press Democrat. In his latest, Dark Mirror, Dark Land, he spins a mystery, a noir vision set in Sonoma County where “the inequities of California’s distant past echo in the downward spiral of characters on a slippery slope, skirting the edge between redemption and the abyss” (Peter Maravelis, San Francisco Noir) .



Third Sunday Salons are held at The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave Suite 101, Healdsburg, CA 95448.  1:30pm. Unless otherwise noted.

January 21st, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Waights Taylor Jr.

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).






February 18th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Beatriz Lagos

Beatriz Lagos is an award winning bilingual poet living in Sonoma county. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has taught Literature and Philosophy in Argentina, Spain and in the United States. She is a recipient of numerous poetry awards and has been a coordinator of International Poetry Encounters.  She resides in Northern California where magnificent redwood trees, legendary wines and great friendships are a source of wonder, inspiration, and joy.






March 18th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Jodi Hottel

Jodi Hottel’s most recent chapbook is Voyeur from WordTech Press. 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, Tebot Bach, and the Marin Poetry Center. Her work’s been nominated for a Pushcart prize.





April 15th, 2018 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON