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Amira Makansi / Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read

November 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0

The Bindery hosts Amira Makansi for the launch of her first book, Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read. More information to come, but please save the date and join us!


A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. Trappist beer with Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. Old vine California Zinfandel with The Grapes of Wrath. And don’t you dare open Bram Stoker’s Dracula on a Sunday morning without a Bloody Mary near at hand. Want to know what to pour when your book club meets to discuss the latest literary sensation? Then you need a copy of Literary Libations!

Presented as a list and organized by genre, Literary Libations offers pairing recommendations for nearly two hundred works of fiction across many genres. With background information on both the book and the beverage as well as an explanation of why the pairing works this is a fantastic gift for anyone who loves to read or drink.

Readers will:

  • Learn more about the world’s most iconic books.
  • Increase their knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits.
  • Increase their appreciation for famous authors.
  • Learn to craft beautiful modern and classic cocktails.
  • And gain a fun and unique way to revolutionize their book club.



Amira K. Makansi is the author of Literary Libations: What to Drink With What You Read, an informal guide to pairing great drinks with famous books. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in history, Amira quickly abandoned her quest to become a lawyer in favor of all things beverage-related. She spent her first few years out of college climbing around in stacks of wine barrels and hoeing weeds out of vineyards in France. She has served cocktails at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago and cleaned hundred-year-old foudres at an Alsatian winery whose first vintage predates the French revolution. She got into writing accidentally, when her mother had a crazy dream and wanted to turn it into a book. That book became The Sowing, the first book in the young adult dystopian Seeds series, which has been optioned for a Hollywood production. Now a full-time writer, Amira is delighted to spend her days writing, reading, drinking, cooking and exploring the great outdoors of her adopted state of Oregon.


RSVP appreciated by not required.


Bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.


November 29, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
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