February 19, 2013 - 7:00 PMTosca Cafe
242 Columbus Ave. $5-10 suggested donation
Join us at the Epicenter for the launch of Rosie Schaap’s new memoir Drinking with Men. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.
Rosie Schaap has always loved bars: the wood and brass and jukeboxes, the knowing bartenders, and especially the sometimes surprising but always comforting company of regulars. Starting with her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad, where at fifteen she told commuters’ fortunes in exchange for beer, and continuing today as she slings cocktails at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among regular patrons can be.
In Drinking with Men, Schaap shares her unending quest for the perfect local haunt, which takes her from a dive outside Los Angeles to a Dublin pub full of poets, and from small-town New England taverns to a character-filled bar in Manhattan’s TriBeCa. Drinking alongside artists and expats, ironworkers and soccer fanatics, she finds these places offer a safe haven, a respite, and a place to feel most like herself. In rich, colorful prose, Schaap brings to life these seedy, warm, and wonderful rooms. Drinking with Men is a love letter to the bars, pubs, and taverns that have been Schaap’s refuge, and a celebration of the uniquely civilizing source of community that is bar culture at its best.
Schaap brings a poet’s touch to her memoir, which brims with insight and wisdom.” —Jimmy Breslin
“This book will be a classic. There is so much joy in this book! It’s a great, comforting, wonderful, funny, inspiring, moving memoir about community and belief and the immense redemptive powers of alcohol drunk properly.” —Kate Christensen, author of In the Drink and The Great Man
“There are bar stories and there are coming-of-age stories. And then there is Rosie Schaap’s thoughtful and funny chronicle that reminds us of all the drinks, dives, and deep conversations that helped make us who we are. This is a wise, engaging memoir.” —Wendy McClure, author of The Wilder Life and I’m Not the New Me
About the Authors
Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortune teller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. A contributor to This American Life and npr.org, she writes the “Drink” column for The New York Times Magazine. She was born in New York City and still lives there.
Robin Ekiss has been a waterslide attendant, AFL/CIO meat cutter, national burger cook-off finalist, TV commercial writer, and poet. She’s also a contributing editor for ZYZZYVA and the founder of the Ladies Liquor Union, the first fully female intemperance league for ladies who love booze and books. Her book of poems, The Mansion of Happiness, won the Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize.
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