Books + Beer = Booktoberfest!

Some things are just meant to go together. Strawberries & Shortcake. Peaches & Herb. Pumpkin Spice & Everything. To these time honored pairings we add what could well become our new favorite: Books & Beer. This October you’ll find librarians visiting pubs and bars all across this great city, for Seattle Public Library’s inaugural Booktoberfest.booktoberfest_banner575

Of course people have been combining lager and literature since merry tribesmen raised a foaming beaker as a bard set the meadhall timbers ringing with the doughty deeds of Beowulf, way back in Zero Dark Ages Thirty. More recently Book and Beer has offered whimsical book and beer pairings for the thirsty reader, while Book Riot suggested these fun Bookish Beer T-Shirts including Mordor Dark Ale and Rivendell Cider.

Jimmy Cagney with a Beer

This October we celebrate our love of reading and brewing culture with a series of fun literary and social events in pubs and libraries around the city. You’ll find librarians guest hosting bookish pub trivia rounds in Delridge, West Seattle, Georgetown, Wallingford and Ballard. Sign up for a workshop on the brewing basics at our Fremont branch, attend a Beer and Blood movie matinee of the 1930’s gangster film Public Enemy, or try a Literary Cider flight in which librarians pair books and fine cider. As Hallowe’en approaches, enjoy spooky stories and suds at ‘Ales from the Crypt story times on Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill and Fremont.

Image courtesy of Robert S Donovan via FlickrOr maybe you’d just like to come out for a drink? Sounds perfect! Join us and other readers at The Diller Room in downtown Seattle on October 19, or at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle on October 26 for a pair of Bookish Happy Hours! Grab a book and a friend or come on your own: you’ll be among fellow book nerds in a setting where “Have you read any good books lately?” isn’t just a pick-up line. Check our calendar for a full listing of events, and Happy Booktoberfest!

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