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Raise a Glass: An Evening of Food and Spirits Writers

Celebrate the Season with Tales of Feasting and Toasting, featuring Jason Wilson and Molly Birnbaum

Ring in the Holiday with Great Books, Fine Spirits and The Tannery Series @ PEM.

Dec 18th, 2014, 7 pm, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

Love a good cocktail and a great book? We do, too. Join us for our last event of 2014, “Raise A Glass,” an evening featuring Jason Wilson (Boozehound) and Molly Birnbaum (Season to Taste), two of the best food and drinks writers around. The event will be part of the Peabody Essex Museum's ongoing PEM/PM program, a series of wonderfully warm and unconventional evening gatherings. Meet local bartenders, get inside tips on making the latest cocktails and celebrate the season with tales of feasting and toasting from two superb writers.

On the program:

Jason Wilson(Boozehound) takes us on a world tour of rare sprits and rollicking adventures.

Molly Birnbaum (Season to Taste) journeys from cutting edge restaurants to the perfumery and the chemical lab, bringing us a personal tale of rediscovering the joy of smell.

Come raise a glass with us!

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Peniel Joseph, Molly Birnbaum, Chris Faraone, Jason Wilson and More

Fall To Extremes - The Tannery Series 2014 season includes two more unforgettable events.

Join us October 4th as we talk radical social movements and December 18th for “Cocktails” with our friends at PEM!

Radicals: People and Ideas that Inflamed our Nation
October 4, 7pm @Jabberwocky Books in Newburyport, MA

Dr. Peniel Joseph, author of the biography Stokely: A Life, will talk about the iconic leader of the Black Power movement, Stokely Carmichael.
Chris Faraone, DigBoston editor, will discuss his work on Occupy Wallstreet and his book, 99 Nights with the 99 Percent.

Cocktails: An Evening of Food and Spirits Writers:

December 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm @ Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Featuring: Jason Wilson, author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits and Molly Birnbaum, author of Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way

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Li-Young Lee, Martha Collins, Anne Easter Smith, Susan Rich, Rhina Espaillat and More

National Stars and Local Favorites Kick-Off Spring for The Tannery Series.

Join us in Newburyport and Salem for two amazing events this May.

Rich, Royal and Powerful
May 1, 2014 7pm @Jabberwocky Books, Newburyport, MA.

From Medieval longings to modern desire, three exciting writers take on the alchemy of the human heart with Anne Easter Smith, Susan Rich and Rhina Espaillat.

Parts Unknown: The Challenges of Writing Across Worlds
May 3, 2014 2:45pm @ Peabody Essex Museum, East India Marine Hall

The strategies, pitfalls and politics of representing one world to another with Li-Young Lee, Martha Collins, Kirun Kapur and Vivek Narayanan (this event is part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival)

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From Bullet Bras to Bra Burning

The Changing Lives of Women in the ’50s, ’60s and Beyond

The Tannery Series takes on fashion and feminism at PEM.

March 29, 2014 3:00 pm @ the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

In the ’50s and early ’60s, the cone-shaped brassieres of Marilyn Monroe were all the rage and most women needed a husband’s permission to open a bank account or get a credit card. By the ’70s, feminists were protesting high-heels and bras, while women were finding their places in universities and courtrooms. Join The Tannery Series for a discussion of fashion, feminism and the way the home-front became a crucible of social change. Be part of the conversation as award-winning novelist Sigrid Nunez and sociologist Ashley Mears explore beauty, power and the changing lives of women in the era of Mad Men. Come hear why "Mid-Century Modern" is about more than great design.

On the program:

Sigrid Nunez(The Last of Her Kind), plunges us into the dark side of the countercultural idealism that swept the country in the 1960s. Exploring a friendship between two college roommates from vastly different backgrounds, her award-winning novel provides a remarkable and disconcerting vision of a troubled time in American history, and of its repercussions for national and individual identity.

Ashley Mears (Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model), takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry to explore a largely hidden arena of cultural production— how the right “look” is discovered, developed, and packaged to become a prized commodity. Her rich, accessible analysis of the invisible ways in which gender, race, and class have shaped design and fashion reveals how the industry has impacted our sense of beauty, power and femininity across the decades.

This program will celebrate the opening of PEM’s latest exhibit, California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way. Come explore Mad Men and brilliant women.

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Cocktails: An Evening of Food and Spirits Writers
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Season to Taste
Excerpt from Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way, by Molly Birnbaum.

One night in the small kitchen I watched from my perch at the sink as Maws prepared to butcher a thirty-pound fillet of tuna in the back hall. He held a long glistening knife, grasping it tightly by the handle with the sharp edge horizontal to the ground. He brought the blade sideways to his face and pressed his nose against the metal, sliding the knife slowly, painstakingly lengthwise. His nostrils flared with each breath. He even smells his tools, I thought.It’s how he understands.