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Drinking Week on VL

cognacint A few months ago, the Foxes were filling in an upcoming schedule and noticed we had several books about booze. It’s an unusual coincidence, but not unheard of, that more than one Fox is reading about the same topic. Maybe that old saying about “great minds” and all that? We started thinking about the many ways alcohol shows up in books and in author’s lives and decided to do a Theme Week about it. You know how we like theme weeks. It’s arrived at last and we have quite a variety of books and even films on the subject. So let’s clink glasses and offer a toast to VL’s Drinking Week. Cheers!

Monday- Jackie tries to express her feelings about the Prohibition novel The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly.

Tuesday- We revisit “In Conversation with Chloe Hooper” the author of The Tall Man, a book about an Aboriginal community plagued by alcoholism, violence and racism.

Wednesday- Kate is staggered by how much Hemingway’s characters can drink.

Thursday- Moira looks at Joseph Roth’s final, haunting, novella and its film adaptation.

Friday- Hilary wishes she had the drinks cupboard to do justice to Tim Federle’s masterwork on literary themed cocktails Tequila Mockingbird.

Cognac glass photo from Olfactoria’s Travels

4 comments on “Drinking Week on VL

  1. katenich
    June 7, 2015

    What a great theme! I look forward to this week’s articles!

    If you are looking for a totally fascinating book about drinking, I highly recommend The Much Lamented Death of Madame Geneva, which chronicles the 18th-century gin craze in London. It kept me enthralled from start to finish.

  2. Jackie
    June 7, 2015

    Thanks for the recommendation, that would be an intriguing period to read about.

  3. Melrose
    June 8, 2015

    Next time there’s a drink-themed week, you should include one of Simon Brett’s Charles Paris Mystery books. The amount that guy can drink is phenomenal!

  4. Jackie
    June 9, 2015

    Oh my, now you’ve got me curious.Thanks for the suggestion & it’s good to see you in the comments again. I was hoping that Drinking Week might become a repeated theme, there’s certainly a lot to choose from!

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