On Sunday evening, Drinking Diaries co-editors, Caren and Leah, headed to Brooklyn for a reading at Cobble Hill’s premiere independent bookstore, BookCourt– just voted “Best Bookstore 2012″ by the Village Voice.
Joined by local writers, Helene Stapinski, Elissa Schappell and Lianne Stokes, the reading provided the crowd with a taste of the diversity that makes up the book’s collection.
From Helene’s take on her quest to Italy to see if the name behind Amaro Lucano liqueur–which she served to anyone willing to try it–is connected to her family ancestry, to Elissa’s tale of her husband’s decision to stop drinking after years of imbibing as a couple (and which was featured in The New York Times “Modern Love” column), to Lianne’s piece about using booze to cope during a friend’s baby shower, the essays initiated some great post-reading questions and conversation.
To quote the Daily News.com: “The Drinking Diaries event at BookCourt will be saturated in stories by celebrated women writers — tales of late-night adventures, dates, ladies’ night and wild college parties, all involving a few too many drinks. This reading, led by editors Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg, will be sure to send you on a page-turning binge.”
Thanks to everyone who came out, and stay tuned for more Drinking Diaries events.