What better way to kick off the return of StoryFest than with an abundance of Girly Drinks! Participants are invited to celebrate the (East Coast) launch of Mallory O’Meara’s highly anticipated book about the history of women and alcohol. Mallory sits down with Megan Rosenbloom, author of the bestselling book, Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin.
Join us for a special virtual presentation, complete with a signature drink brought to you by SoNo 1420!
From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. With smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils the untold history of the female distillers, drinkers, and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer makers to Russian bootlegging grandmothers. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O’Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book.
Mallory O’Meara is an award winning and best-selling author and host of the literary podcast Reading Glasses. Her first book, The Lady From The Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, is a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her second book, Girly Drinks, the history of women making and drinking alcohol all over the world, will be published by Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins on October 19. She lives in Los Angeles.
Megan Rosenbloom is Collections Strategies Librarian at UCLA Library. She is the co-founder and director of Death Salon, the event arm of The Order of the Good Death, and a proponent of the Death Positive movement. She leads a research team called The Anthropodermic Book Project that aims to find the historic and scientific truths behind the world’s alleged books bound in human skin, or anthropodermic bibliopegy, and her bestselling debut book about this practice, titled Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin, won the 2021 LAMPHHS Best Monograph Award. In a former life she was a journalist in Philadelphia and continues to write for both academic and non-academic publications.