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Friday, December 6 – Doors Open 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Authors Salon & Spirited Conversations. Signed books for purchase. Cash Bar.

Saturday, December 7 – 11a.m. to 4pm.

Book Fair, Book Signings & Spirited Conversations. Cash Bar.




Frank Caiafa

Jeff Cioletti

Paul Clarke

Wayne Curtis

Aaron Goldfarb

Davin De Kergommeaux

John McCarthy

Jim Meehan

Fred Minnick

Kara Newman

Robin Robinson

Noah Rothbaum

Amanda Schuster

Robert Simonson

David Wondrich


Spirited Conversations Topics & Schedule:




6 – 7p.m. - Drinking Directions: The State of the Cocktail Today

Robert Simonson & Kara Newman

Trends and directions of cocktails today and tomorrow, and when is it a riff or a



7:15 – 8:15 p.m. - Straight vs. Blend: The Ultimate North American Whisk(e)y Conversation

Fred Minnick & Davin de Kergommeaux

Canada versus the U.S., when Canada’s Davin de Kergommeaux and Kentucky’s own Fred Minnick talk politics, history, style differences, and their respective research and writing methods that have led to nearly a dozen books between them. This session will answer many questions, including what whiskey style they believe is better.


8:30 – 9:30 p.m. - Looking for Drinks in All the Wrong Places: or, If Drinking You is Wrong, I Don’t Wanna Be Right

David Wondrich & Wayne Curtis

Two of the leading researchers and writers of cocktail history, David Wondrich and Wayne Curtis reveal where they dig for gold, from historical archives and journals to newspaper databases; and also discuss places they trust, and what mires of despair they avoid.




Noon – 1 p.m. - The 10 Most Important Cocktails & Spirits Books of All Time

Jim Meehan & Noah Rothbaum

In the time since Jerry Thomas published his pioneering The Bon Vivant's Companion in 1862, hundreds of books on cocktails and spirits have been published. But which are most relevant to contemporary readers? Jim Meehan and Noah Rothbaum will present their personal top 10 lists of the most important contemporary and historical cocktail and spirits books side-by-side, then compare-and-contrast to come up with a consensus list. 


2 – 3 p.m. - A Sense of Time and Place

Amanda Schuster & Phillip Greene

Drinks are about more than just what’s in a glass—they also reveal stories about times, places and cultures. Amanda Schuster and Phil Greene will discuss their research and writing styles, particularly regarding how they transport themselves (and their readers) to other eras, cultures and genres.