EventsSweet Thursday Presents: Camper English, author of Doctors and Distillers

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Sweet Thursday Presents: Camper English, author of Doctors and Distillers

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Please join us for this talk with Camper English about his newest book, Doctors and Distillers.

At last, a definitive guide to the medicinal origins of every bottle behind the bar! Camper English examines the interconnected history of alcohol and medicine from ancient times to modern times. We learn how the Gimlet, Gin & Tonic, and Old-Fashioned were born as remedies for diseases and discomforts, and English provides recipes for these and many other cocktails so that readers can drink along with history. This thoroughly researched and delightful new work reveals how and why the contents of our medicine and liquor cabinets were, until surprisingly recently, one and the same. His book is lively and accessible, easily enjoyed by a medical anthropologist, home mixologist, or seasoned bartender.

This program will be held in person, but there is the option to attend via Zoom instead. If you plan to attend in person, please register here so that we know how large of an audience to prepare for. If you plan to attend via Zoom, please only register via the Zoom link below:

Doors will open at 6:45 for guest to enjoy coffee and sweets. Orinda Books will be onsite for book sales. Facial coverings are recommended but not required.

Sweet Thursdays author talks are presented by the Friends of the Lafayette Library & Learning Center.
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For special accommodations, please contact the library with 72 hours' notice.

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