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Luminarias – October 12, 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 Thursday, October 12, 2017, 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 Carol Shelton wine and some savory bites prepared by SHED chef Perry Hoffman.

As a special prequel to the program, there will be a FREE Attraction, a tour that starts at 5:30 PM at the Healdsburg Library. The tour begins with Dean Walters, Wine Antiquities Dealer, explaining his exhibit, The Golden Age of Wine In Northern California at the Library and and continues with a walking tour showing Healdsburg wine history sites en route to SHED.

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)

January 15th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Michael_Riedell_1 Poet Michael Riedell grew up in San Diego County and now lives with his wife in Ukiah, California, where he is a teacher of English and Creative Writing.  He has been puMichael_Riedell_Small_Talk_2blished most recently in the online and print magazines Gravel, Toyon, Shot Glass Review, Lowdown, and Mendocino Art Magazine.  His readings are frequently heard on KZYX&Z’s Rhythm Running River.  He was a three-time first place winner of the ukiaHaiku contest and then became a long-standing judge for the contest. His one-act plays have been produced by the Willits Shakespeare Theater and at Mendocino College.  He is the author of two poetry collections, The Way of Water (2014) and Small Talk & Long Silences (2016), both by Slow Mountain Press.  He is proud to be serving as the Poet Laureate of Ukiah for 2016-2018.



February 19th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

jeanphotobestJean Wong is the author of Sleeping with the Gods and is an award-winning poet, fiction, and memoir fiction writer. Along with being published in many magazines and online sites, her work has also been produced by the 6th Street Playhouse, Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Off The Page, and Lucky Penny Productions. When writing, Jean sometimes proceeds like a mule – other times a brilliant racehorse speeds by. Whatever the process, she’s amazed to be alive and telling the tale.hurtjademalkatopcoveronly_small





March 19th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

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Susanna Janssen is a foreign language educator and newspaper columnist on everything about words, language, and culture. She is a master teacher and passionate advocate for foreign language acquisition and the benefits of bilingualism for your brain, career, bank account, and world view.

Susanna earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UC Davis in Spanish literature and taught at UC Davis and Sacramento City College for seventeen years. Now she is Professor Emeritus at Mendocino College after heading the foreign language department there for 24 years.

Susanna continues to teach Spanish and Italian, coach language learners on skill development and fluency, organize group travel abroad, work as a volunteer translator at a medical clinic in Mexico, and develop learning resources to make foreign language acquisition practical, fun, and effective. Her life as a writer, speaker, and teacher is dedicated to contributing to the linguistic culture of America by advocating for learning foreign language at any age.

Her column for The Ukiah Daily Journal is called “A Word in Edgewise”, and delivers bimonthly light-hearted essays on lexicon, linguistics, and travel lore.Wordstruck_Cover_Final-3D-small

Susanna’s newly published book is Wordstruck! The Fun and Fascination of Language.

She resides in Mendocino County of Northern California where magnificent redwood trees, legendary wines, and great friendships are a source of wonder, inspiration, and joy.


April 23rd, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Armando_Garcia-DavilaIn 1968, Armando García-Dávila joined his older brother and two friends on a cross-country motorcycle ride that took 30 days and traversed over 7,000 miles. He was 19-years-old, just out of high school. That real-life adventure inspired García-Dávila’s debut novel, The Trip: Speeding Toward the Cliff at the End of the World.




May 21st, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Version 2Bart Rawlinson was a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Green Olive Arts in Tetouan, Morocco and a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at Arteles in Hameenkyro, Finland. He received the 2013 William Matthews Poetry Prize. He has received the Robert Browning Prize in Dramatic Monologue, the Eugene Ruggles Poetry Prize, and the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. His work is published widely in literary magazines, including Asheville Poetry Review, New Millennium Writings, Cutbank, Assaracus and Santa Clara Review. He is Associate Professor, English at Mendocino College.



July 16th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Peg Alford Pursell is a writer, editor, teacher, literary community builder, and all-around good egg. She is the author of SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW (ELJ Editions, March 2017).

Peg lives in Northern California and directs Why There Are Words, a national neighborhood of literary readings she founded in Sausalito in 2010.  She is the director and founder of WTAW Press, an independent publisher of literary books. Peg also founded North Bay Writers Workshops. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Her work has been published in Forklift Ohio, VOLT, The Journal of Compressed Arts, The Cortland Review, Soundings Review, RHINO, Permafrost, Eleven Eleven, Tupelo Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, The Quotable, Joyland, Staccato Fiction, Your Impossible Voice, Emprise Review, Annalemma, The Fabulist, Sugar Mule, Blotterature, Her Royal Majesty, Pure Francis, and many others.  See this page for more info and to read some online publications.

Her stories have been performed at Stories on Stage in Sacramento and selections from her book, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow performed at Stories on Stage in Davis. Her ninety-word, one-sentence story “Fragmentation” is the title story of Fragmentation and Other Stories (Burrow Press, 2011). Her nine hundred and ninety-word story “Project,” published in Annalemma Magazine, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She evidently has an affinity for stories with word counts that are multiples of nine.



August 20th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON


Current Healdsburg Literary Laureate Russ Messing and past  Healdsburg Literary Laureates,   Vilma Ginzberg , Gabriel Fraire, and John Koetzner will be our featured readers. Join us for an afternoon of literary  ruminations from our current laureate and past laureates, celebrating the written and spoken word.


September 17th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Juanita J. Martin is Fairfield’s first poet laureate, 2010-2012. She’s also a freelance writer, and performance artist. Her poetry book, The Lighthouse Beckons, was accepted into the Solano County Library. Martin’s next volume of poems, Quiet Intensity, is due out in 2017. She’s published in Blue Collar Review, SoMa Literary Review, and others. Juanita is active in Ina Coolbrith Circle, Redwood Writers, and Benicia First Tuesday Poets.

Juanita is listed with Poets & Writers Directory of Poets. She often reads for the Beat Poetry Festival and 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Juanita has been a featured reader with Healdsburg Literary Guild, Petaluma Poetry Walk 2007 & 2016, as well as Berkeley Poetry Festival. She’s also a contributor to Sonoma Discoveries Magazine, a tourist magazine covering West & North Sonoma County, and the Coast.




October 15th, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY SALON

Phyllis Meshulam first went to Italy, where her father was stationed during World War II, at five. Threads of those journeys are woven into her new book, Land of My Father’s War, from Cherry Grove Collections. Meshulam is also the author of Doll, Moon (Finishing Line Press), and Valley of Moon (d-Press). With an MFA from Vermont College, she teaches for California Poets in the Schools and coordinates Poetry Out Loud, and has twice been a presenter at AWP For CalPoets’ 50th anniversary, she edited, Poetry Crossing, which Poetry Flash called “a truly joyful collection of lessons, inspirations, and children’s poems.” Joy Harjo, winner of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, said of Land of My Father’s War, an “urgency of spirit has emerged eloquently here in these poems of perception and even prophecy….”

Sonoma County poet, Phyllis Meshulam’s book Land of My Father’s War has just been released, in July of 2017, from Cherry Grove Collections. Joy Harjo, winner of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, said of Meshulam’s book, an “urgency of spirit has emerged eloquently here in these poems of perception and even prophecy….”