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Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

By Mark Bailey; Illustrated by Edward Hemingway
Hardback, 100 pages  (also available in Electronic book text )
ISBN: 9781565124820 (1565124820)
Published by Algonquin Books
$15.95(US)
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about Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, illustrator Edward Hemingway and writer Mark Bailey present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories of their saucy escapades, and intoxicating excerpts from their literary works. It’s the perfect blend of classic cocktail recipes, literary history, and tales of the good old days of extravagant Martini lunches and delicious excess.

When Algonquin Round Table legend Robert Benchley was asked if he knew that drinking was a slow death, Benchley took a sip of his cocktail and replied, “So who’s in a hurry?” Hunter S. Thompson took Muhammad Ali’s health tip to eat grapefruit every day; he just added liquor to the mix. Invited to a “come as you are” party, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, arrived in their pajamas ready for their cocktail of choice: a Gin Rickey.

Forty-three classic American writers, forty-three authentic cocktail recipes, forty-three telling anecdotes about the high life, and forty-three samples of the best writing in literature –Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers delivers straight-up fun.
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about Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey is an author and Emmy-nominated screenwriter. Bailey’s books include Tiny Pie, his first children’s book, which includes a pie recipe by world-renowned chef Alice Waters, and Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, an illustrated tribute to the golden era of hard-drinking literary figures. Bailey also wrote American Hollow, an examination of contemporary Appalachian poverty and companion to an HBO documentary feature of the same name. In addition to books, Bailey writes documentary and scripted features. His documentary films have been broadcast on HBO, Lifetime, Court TV, and TLC. This year Bailey received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Ethel, an HBO documentary feature about the life of Ethel Kennedy. For this film, Bailey was also awarded the Humanitas Prize for Documentary Writing. Previous to that, Bailey received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Pandemic: Facing AIDS, an HBO five-part documentary series. Bailey’s most recent film, Last Days in Vietnam, will be broadcast on American Experience next year. Bailey is currently writing Black Panther for Marvel Studios, a live action feature adaptation based on the Marvel superhero. Bailey lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.


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about Edward Hemingway

Edward Hemingway is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He has done feature reporting for GQ Magazine, written comics for Nickelodeon, and been featured twice in American Illustration. His artwork has been included in the New York Times, Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly, and Nickelodeon Magazine, among others. He is the cocreator and illustrator of the book Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, which has been published in three languages. He has also written and illustrated the children’s books Bump in the Night, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, which was selected for the 2013 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, and Bad Apple’s Perfect Day (August 2014). He is the illustrator of the children’s book Tiny Pie, which has been published in two languages. An undergraduate of Rhode Island School of Design and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Hemingway has been a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his artwork has been featured in several shows across the country, most recently at the Brooklyn Public Library.


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