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At the bar, Brookline Booksmith hopes author will speak easy

Posted by Brock Parker  January 3, 2013 02:23 PM

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The Brookline Booksmith is inviting patrons to imbibe the story of Boston barrooms over cocktails at an upcoming book-signing event this month.

The bookstore in Coolidge Corner is partnering with neighboring restaurant the Regal Beagle to co-host a book-signing on Jan. 20 for author Stephanie Schorow’s new book “Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits.”

DrinkingBoston_Small-Thumb.jpg"DrinkingBoston: A History of the City and Its Spirits" was released in November. Image courtesy Union Park Press.

The book explores Boston barrooms from colonial-era taverns and prohibition to today’s craft cocktail bars, and argues the bars have long been the city’s living room, where people seek out comfort and like-minded friends.

A frequent host of book-signings and readings, the Booksmith decided Schorow’s subject matter deserved something different.

“We love hosting author talks here at the Brookline Booksmith,” said Booksmith events director Jamie Tan said in a press release. “But when we read Schorow’s ‘Drinking Boston,’ we knew that we had to take this event out of the store. This is an author talk that belongs in a bar.”

Schorow will discuss her book and sign copies at the Regal Beagle at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20 in an event co-hosted by the Booksmith along with “Drinking Boston” publisher, Union Park Press, and Boston-based Bully Boys.

The event is being called “Bawdy Boston at the Beagle” and will pay tribute to prohibition and guests will enjoy a selection of prohibition-themed snacks and cocktails.

A complimentary copy of “Drinking Boston” will be included with tickets, which are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

Tickets are available online at Ticketfly.com. For more information, call Brookline Booksmith at 617-566-6660.

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