The Epicenter: Frances Stroh in Conversation with Jack Boulware

Co-presented by Green Apple Books

Tonight's Epicenter with Frances Stroh is officially SOLD OUT, sorry! At this point there are no seats available at the door.


"Yes, Frances Stroh’s Beer Money is about the unraveling of an American family empire, but it’s about so much more. There are prep school expulsions and drug busts, messy divorces, and a Hare Krishna encounter with Annie Lennox. And there’s the evolution of a great American brand...what makes Stroh’s book so particular are the class contradictions. In movie terms think Ralph Lauren meets Old Milwaukee. Oh, and it’s also a very moving and powerful story of one young woman’s coming of age.” —Tom Barbash, author of Stay Up With Me

“Of course, the Strohs’ story is fascinating in itself. But what makes this memoir special is Frances Stroh’s clear, brave voice. Free of regret or judgment, she renders even her family’s darkest moments with grace and love. A page-turner in the very best sense.” —Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and Abroad

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Frances Stroh's debut book, Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss. She will be in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware. Book sales and signing to follow.

NOTE: This event starts at 7:30 pm!

In Beer Money, Frances Stroh reveals the complexities of her childhood and coming of age as a member of Detroit’s Stroh’s Beer family, once in possession of the largest private beer fortune in America. Declining from Forbes 400 to nearly penniless in 16 years, the Stroh Brewery Company suffered a rapid and precipitous loss of market share during the 1980s and 1990s. The slow unraveling of Frances’ nuclear family, in the face of her father’s alcoholism and her brother’s drug addiction, coupled with the loss of the family’s legacy, is seen with brutal honesty and unsettling detail through Frances’ unwavering lens—much like a time-lapse film of psychological erosion. Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss is at once a recollection of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist who struggles to find her way out of the ruins.