Past Dates

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Hot Summer Nights
Author Reading: Art & Soul of Jazz, A Tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr. - 7-8 p.m.
Copperfield's Books
Santa Rosa, California 95405
(707) 538-8938 [map]
Price: No charge, books available for sale

I will read an excerpt from my latest rendition of "Art and Soul of Jazz, a tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr., The Dynasty Revealed At Last." This event is a collaboration between the Redwood Writers & Copperfield's Books, runs four Tuesdays in July and August and features 16 local authors. You won't want to miss it!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival
Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival - All Day Event
c/o Nogales Chamber of Commerce
Nogales, Arizona
USA [map]
Price: Free event, book available for purchase

Yvonne Erwin and friends are very close to the culmination of their 20 year effort to honor Charles Mingus, Jr. with the dedication this year of the a memorial to the jazz icon. Nogales, as his devout followers know, is Mingus's birthplace. The memorial site is the entrance to the army base where my grandfather, Charles Mingus, Sr. was stationed when Uncle Charles was born. Kudos to Erwin and company for their significant contribution to jazz history! I will be there! 

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

St. Helena Public Library
Author Reading, Discussion and Champagne Reception - 7:00 p.m.
1492 Library Lane
St. Helena, California 94574
Napa [map]
Price: Free event, book available for purchase

Calling jazz enthusiasts, history lovers, and readers! Join us Mingus nieces (artist Carol Bowie and author Alicia Schooler-Hugg) for a discussion of our latest release of "Art and Soul of Jazz, a tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr." This promises to be a fun-filled evening and an opportunity to peak into never before revealed secrets about the Mingus family. The library is surrounded by vineyards, majestic mountains and the beauty of the Napa Valley, a setting that can only enhance the journey... 

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Redwood Writers Free Event at the Library
Take the Mic - 10:15 to 12:15
215 E Street
Santa Rosa, California
(707) 545-0831 [map]
Price: Free event, book available for purchase

Take the Mic

Redwood Writers Open Mic at the Library


Saturday July 23, 2016 10:15 A.M. - 12:15

Santa Rosa Central Library

Forum Room

211 E Street, Santa Rosa (707) 545-0831

Redwood Writers member Jean Wong emcees this every-other-month literary delight of Sonoma County authors. Each Open Mic has a theme, but readers are welcome to share any writing they like. The initial reading slots are reserved for Redwood Writers members; then open mic spots are available for the general public, rst come, rst serve. Sign up at

Flyer Design by Paul Greenberg 

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
c/o The Mingus Project
Nogales AZ and Nogales Sonora, AZ USA, Sonora, MX
USA [map]
Price: Free event, book available for purchase

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

St. Helena Public Library
Author Reading, Discussion and Champagne Reception - 7:00 p.m.
1492 Library Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
USA [map]
Price: Free event, book available for purchase


Paris in the Fall

Join the discussion about the excitement & possible pitfalls of romance in the senior years. The focus is on senior love in Granny Does Europe: A Love Story. Author Alicia Hugg Cutting's intriguing story of romance on planes, trains and boats convinces the reader that age is no barrier to matters of the heart. Come meet her in person and share her story...

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Love in the Afternoon
Love in the Afternoon - 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1435 N. McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA
707-792-5300 [map]
Price: No admission fee

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Meet the Authors! Jean Wong & Alicia Schooler-Hugg
Love in the Afternoon/Downtown Petaluma Art Walk - 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1435 N. McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-792-5300 [map]
Price: Free event, browsing encouraged!



Treat your sweetie to a romantic afternoon in Petaluma! Start your adventure at the fabulous Lydia's Sunshine Center with local authors Jean Wong and Alicia Schooler-Hugg, reading from their delicious love-splashed works, and end with the Second Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Petaluma!

Sonoma County educator and acclaimed writer Jean Wong reads from her newly released book, "Sleeping with the Gods," sure to engage lovers. Through short stories about mythical gods dallying with the hearts of human lovers, the author takes readers on provocative romantic adventures skillfully crafted around the gods' unique capabilities. Come partake of the nectar of the gods! Your Valentine will be forever enchanted.

 Alicia Schooler-Hugg's, Granny Does Europe: A Love Story, is sure to stimulate the romantic fantasies of lovers of all ages. Journey with Schooler-Hugg and her new found cyber-love as they explore foreign cultures, while learning about each other's peculiar habits. Can love survive?  

Then get thee downtown for the fabulous, one-of -a-kind:

Second Saturday Art Walk

 February 8, 2014

 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

 The Petaluma Downtown Galleries host Art Walks with extended hours and a fantastic spectrum of special events every Second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 pm.  The Petaluma Downtown galleries represent dozens of master artists and emerging sensations and present an excellent opportunity to find that unique piece of art while taking in the heart of downtown.  Shoppers are sure to find a wonderful variety of art, entertainment and fun.  



Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Oakmont Writers Literary Event
Oakmont Writers Literary Event - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Oakmont Berger Center Fireside Room
Santa Rosa, California 95409
USA [map]
Price: Event is Free, books available for purchase

Oakmont residents and their guests are invited to the Oakmont Writers' First Literary Event, featuring additional Oakmont talents: Thonie Hevron, Kay Miller and Alicia Hugg.

For more information, contact Kathy Rueve, 707-829-1682. Limited seating, reservations suggested.

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Dine with Local Authors
1899 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707-544-2491 [map]
Price: $4.00 minimum food purchase

                        Gaia’s Garden International Vegetarian Buffet

1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa



MONDAY, January 13, 6-8 PM



Fetching, middle grade fiction, Kiera Stewart

Point Reye's Sheriff's Calls, short stories, Susana Solomon

She Was A Spy During WW II, historical fiction, J. Slone

Granny Does Europe, memoir, Alicia Schooler Hugg

Bleeding Through, historical fiction, Ayin Weaver


MC for the evening: Mona Mechling

Call/email to request dining at a specific author’s table: 544-2491 or  

$4.00 minimum food purchase

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Wine and Dine with Local Authors - 6-8 PM
8240 Old Redwood Highway
Cotati, California
707-889-3419 [map]
Price: $4.00 minimum food purchase


Don't miss out!  Come sip and dine with five local Redwood Writers authors, all of whom will read from their latest works. Here's the line-up:

    1. Self Love Diet, self-help, Michelle Minero
    2. Night Terror, fiction, J.A.Winrich
    3. Hector, fiction, Gary Finnan
    4. Sleeping with the Gods, story collection, Jean Wong
    5. Granny Does Europe, A Love Story, memoir, Alicia Schooler-Hugg

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Mingus Project Fall Jazz Concert
Mingus Project Fall Jazz Festtival - 5:30 to 8:15
Nogales High School
Nogales, Arizona/ [map]
Price: Details to follow

Fundraiser for planned Mingus Park to commemorate the jazz icon's birthplace.  

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

2013 California Hispanic Chamber of Commerces Convention
California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Convention - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Marriott Convention Center
Oakland, California
USA [map]
Price: Check venue website








Save the dates: August 14-16!

Alicia Schooler-Hugg, M.A., R.N., will appear at the Latino Times Exhibit at The 2013 California Hispanic Chambers Convention in Oakland’s Marriott Convention Center, announced Latino Times publisher, Andrew Ysiano.  The registered nurse educator and former columnist for The (Stockton) Record and other print media will discuss health care concerns affecting Latinos and other persons of color, and her  newly released book: “Granny Does Europe: A Love Story.” Schooler-Hugg and her husband recently motored through Mexico, via the less traveled libre roads, meeting urban and rural inhabitants alike. Most enthralling, she reported, was the loveliness of the countryside, its jungles, town plazas, friendly residents and historical landmarks. 


Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Soco Coffee
Redwood Writers featured reader at SoCo Coffee Shop, Santa Rosa, California - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1015 4th Street
Santa Rosa, California 95404
707-527-6434 [map]
Price: Free event


I used this picture, taken by my MacBook camera, to lure him in. The wine glass and head tilt obscures telltale aging clues. Cecil admitted this picture made him wonder what it would be like to kiss me!

On the fourth Saturday of each month, the Redwood Writers invite members to read from their works at the SoCo Coffee Shop in Santa Rosa. On July 27, Alicia Schooler Hugg, one of two featured authors, will read from her newly published book, Granny Does Europe: A Love Story. The story, a memoir from her first European venture, tells of a blossoming senior romance fraught with all of the challenges facing aging couples traveling together. Early bird Redwood Writer members may sign up to read their own original works. Do be prepared to try out one of Soco's tasty beverages. They're even better with one of their available baked delicacies or tasty salads!  And please don't forget to check out Granny Does Europe: A Love Story on

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival - Two Day Event, 4/20 through 4/21/2013
c/o The Mingus Project
Nogales AZ and Nogales Sonora, Arizona 85628
USA [map]
Price: The event is free!

This painting of my Uncle Charles Mingus, Jr., was created by my sister, Carol Bowie, an award-winning Santa Cruz artist, for our book, "The Art and Soul of Jazz: A tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr."  The annual Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival this year features saxophonist Charles McPherson, world-renown artist who played intermittently with Mingus for twelve years.