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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.
Spirited Conversations Topics & Schedule:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
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 Canadas Davin de Kergommeaux and Kentuckys 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 Dont 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.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
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 whats in a glassthey 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.