Pull up a bar stool and familiarize yourself with Al Capone, Carry Nation, George Remus, F. Scott Fitzgerald and a host of other historical figures as you learn about the unique role of the South in the 1920s and early 1930s, when alcohol was banned by the federal government.
The Georgia Writers Museum proudly welcomes author and historian Kathryn Smith, this time presenting her latest book, “Baptists and smugglers: a ban expedition across the South … with cocktail recipes. “ The book will be released for the first time in September. The âMeet the Authorâ event will take place live on Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the museum. Tickets cost $ 45 per person ($ 40 each for more than one person) and include admission to our Smugglers’ Ball with Prohibition-era cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, upbeat music and dance, and of course our famous author, Kathryn Smith! Tickets available on www.georgiawritersmuseum.org. Costumes encouraged; cocktails expected!
Smith’s previous books include “Gertie: The fabulous life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre â,â Heiress, explorer, socialite, spyWhich won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for biography from the Independent Book Publishers Association; and “The Guardian: Missy LeHand, FDR and the untold story of the partnership that defined a presidencyWhich was a finalist for the Southern Book Award in biography.
Part travel story and part history, “Baptists and smugglers â is a refreshing and light tour of the sites of the South associated with Prohibition, such as museums (the American Prohibition Museum in Savannah), hotels, distilleries, bars, speakeasies and even cemeteries. Each chapter features biographies of colorful figures in the battle to ban alcohol (and evade the ban), some long lost in history. The book directs travelers to places of interest and ends with cocktail recipes with names as enticingly named The Presbyterian (made from Palmetto Whiskey), Mary Pickford (made from rum), Kentucky Mule (bourbon, fine sure) and White Trash Lemonade (made with white lightning moonlight).
Smith drank her first alcoholic beverage, an iced daquiri, while attending a Beta Club convention in high school; a friend smuggled the blender into her suitcase. Its taste has improved since then. Today, his favorite drink is the FDR Martini, featured in his latest book. She writes about history from her home in Anderson, SC, often taking her husband, Leo, on trips to investigate historic sites. She blogs at bootleggers.substack.com.