Taking book readings beyond libraries and bookstores and into unexpected spaces, such as restaurants, is one goal of Jaime Krakowski, owner of Epic Books on Locke Street. On Monday, Epic Books will host whisky expert Davin de Kergommeaux at Big Tobacco Kitchen & Whiskey on George Street in Hess Village, an event that celebrates his new book Canadian Whisky, Second Edition: The New Portable Expert.
“While we love being in the store and welcoming authors for more traditional readings, it’s fun to look outside of that and bring the idea of a book event to a whole new audience,” says Krakowski. Monday’s event will be the second in which Epic Books is partnering with a local restaurant. In the spring, Epic Books and Toast Wine Bar hosted the authors of FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip for an evening of wine and recipes from the cookbook.
“Many of the people that attended were new faces for us. Some even said this was their first time going out to a book event and they had an amazing time,” says Krakowski. “For us it was a great opportunity to partner with a local restaurant and step into Hamilton’s food community.”
At Monday night’s event, de Kergommeaux will host a whisky tour, featuring some of his favourites from across the country. Guests will enjoy whisky samples and snacks provided by Big Tobacco Kitchen & Whiskey. They will also receive a signed copy of the book. The event is a perfect opportunity for anyone apprehensive about attending an event hosted by Hamilton’s dynamic literary community.
“Changing up the venue and adding in food and drinks can shift the whole dynamic of an event,” says Krakowski. “In this case, I find it takes away the, often misconceived, formality of a literary event and makes the authors more approachable. Sharing a drink or a bite to eat creates an immediate bond and leads to some really great conversations. Since we’re in the business of getting people to engage with and read books, this feels like a natural fit to us.”
Tickets are available at Epic Books or online at Bruha.
Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
Big Tobacco Kitchen & Whiskey (109 George St.)
Tickets: $50 (Includes whisky samples, snacks, and a signed copy of the book)