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Luminarias Features Thomas Pinney, Author of The City of Vines

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Raise a glass to literature and wine historian and author Thomas Pinney, winner of the 2016 California Historical Society Book Awardin the continuation of the Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Luminarias series.

Pinney will read selections from his latest book, The City of Vines, which recounts the beginnings of California’s world-renowned wine trade in the isolated pueblo now called Los Angeles. With incisive analysis and a touch of dry humor, The City of Vines chronicles winemaking in Los Angeles from its beginnings in the late eighteenth century through its decline in the 1950s. Thomas Pinney returns the megalopolis to the prickly pear-studded lands upon which Mission grapes grew for the production of claret, port, sherry, angelica, and hock. From these rural beginnings Pinney reconstructs the entire course of winemaking in a sweeping narrative and shows Los Angeles’s wine industry to be beholden to the forces that shaped all California under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States: colonial expansion dependent on labor of indigenous peoples; the Gold Rush population boom; transcontinental railroads; rapid urbanization; and Prohibition.

Thomas Pinney is emeritus professor of English at Pomona College. He has published scholarly work on George Eliot, Lord Macaulay, and Rudyard Kipling, and several books on American wines including the two-volume A History of Wine in America (UC Press). The second volume of this definitive wine history won the 2006 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for best book on wine, beer, or spirits.

The ticket price includes a glass of wine and a small bite at the post-reading reception. For questions about ticketing, or inquiries about student pricing, please contact Bo Simons of the Healdsburg Literary Guild at bosimons1234@gmail.com. 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 and to supporting multiculturalism by taking collective action surrounding the social determinants of health.



Dec 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Healdsburg SHED
25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, United States

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