Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beer and Books (including Austin)

Just got the following press release about a series of events pairing books with Lagunitas beer. I've heard of pairing food and beer, but books and beer? My attempts to read while drinking usually just turn into naps. But this could be fun:
Algonquin Books kicks off summer with a refreshingly smooth literary series that blends choice hops and literary chops. With stops in Milwaukee, Naperville, Boston, Austin, and Oakland, the Free Beer Tour showcases three Algonquin authors introducing their incredibly entertaining new works which are perfect (especially for the dudes) for summer reading. Complementing the literary entertainment, there will be beer tastings featuring the esteemed Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma, California. It’s an evening of pairing great books with great beer—and it sure as hell beats cutting the grass after work.

Algonquin's Free Beer Tour Introduces:

Josh Wilker, author of the memoir Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale

“A baseball-loving loner’ deciphers his complicated childhood through his old box of trading cards . . . Wilker’s book is as nostalgically intoxicating as the gum that sweetened his card-collecting youth.[Grade:] A.” –Entertainment Weekly

Pete Nelson, author of the novel I Thought You Were Dead

I Thought You Were Dead, a novel about the bonds between dogs and humans, is heartfelt and nostalgic in tone . . . Stella’s wisdom set the luckless Paul on a brighter life path. It’s her nobility . . .
that gives the story its power.” –USA Today

David Anthony, author of the debut novel Something for Nothing

“A clever and surprisingly heartfelt debut . . . [Anthony’s] depiction of Martin as an
antihero succeeds because his ridiculous antics are laced with a yearning to belong that’s so intense it borders on deranged innocence, rendering him the most lovable
drug smuggler in ages.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

June 1: Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL, 7:00 p.m.

June 2: Boswell Books at the Sugar Maple Bar, Milwaukee, WI, 7:00 p.m.

June 3: Diesel Books, Oakland, CA, 7:00 p.m.

June 16: Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA, 7:00 p.m.

June 30: BookPeople, Austin, TX, 6:30 p.m.

Check out the great poster and book and beer pairings at :


Travis E. Poling said...

This sounds fun, Lee. Certainly a new idea. One thing, however, is clear. Book reviewers should be banned from using the words heartfelt or nostalgic.

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