Gaia's Garden is honored to support local authors. We display and sell signed copies of books which appeal to a range of interests - fiction, technical, memoirs, fantasy, children's books, etc. The collection is organized and distributed by Jeane Slone, whose books, "She Flew Bombers," "She Built Ships" and "She Was an American Spy During WWII": are available at Gaia's Garden. Purchases are cash only, please.

Every other month, we offer "Dine with Local Authors Night." Five or six different authors attend for conversation over a meal, then each reads briefly (5 minutes). In this salon setting, you can find out more about a specific writer and his or her process and become inspired by the cumulative creativity of the group. Reservations are suggested (with dinner purchase only), and you may request a specific author's table if you wish.

The next Dining with Local Authors will be Monday, March 13, 6:-8 p.m  




Another exciting monthly event is the Redwood Writers' Open Mic.  This is your chance to try out your own material and/or enjoy the work and company of talented writers. There is no cover charge, but a $5 minimum purchase per person (including readers) is required.

The next open mic will be Saturday, February 25 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Featured writers are Marilyn Skinner Lanier and Jean Wong.

A chapter from Marilyn Skinner Lanier‘s book, Hard Pan, became a short film, “The Fence,” which won the Director’s Award at the UCLA Film Festival in 2008. The film was selected again for the Ashland Film Festival in 2009.

Jean Wong is the author of Sleeping with the Gods and is an award winning writer of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her work has been produced by the 6th Street Playhouse, Petaluma Reader’s Theater, Off The Page, and Lucky Penny Productions.

MC: Dmitri Morningstar

The Very Veggie Book Club - Every Tuesday Evening

We meet every Tuesday evening at Gaia's Garden at the community table in the back. We have optional social time from 6-7  p.m. followed by our book discussion from 7-8 p.m.  

We take turns choosing books.

Looking forward, our next book will be Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession With Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Garth Davis, M.D.  We will likely start that book sometime in February. I plan to register our book club with Copperfield's before then so that several copies of the book will be available on the shelf at the Montgomery Village store with a 10% discount for book clubbers.

Everyone is welcome at our book discussions, including vegans, vegetarians, semi-vegetarians, veg-curious omnivores, and everything in between. We can all learn from each other as we talk about various vegan-friendly books--even if we approach them from different perspectives.

Our optional social time before our book discussions is a good time to get to know each other better, to talk about our unique food and lifestyle journeys, and to just have fun together! Please feel free to join us for the social hour whether or not you choose to stay for the book discussion.

Please also feel free to come to the book discussion even if you don't have the book or haven't finished the reading for the week. Those of us who have done the reading will share enough about the subject matter that you will likely find it easy to participate meaningfully in the discussion. You're also welcome to just listen if you prefer.

Gaia's Garden always accommodates our group with great generosity, grace, and humor. So let's each do our best to honor the restaurant's policy of a $5.00 minimum purchase per person. Please also refrain from bringing in outside food or beverages for consumption while inside the restaurant.

We look forward to seeing you and to learning together!