CANCELLED Derek Sandhaus - "Drunk in China" - Lisa Futterman

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Derek Sandhaus

Drunk in China takes readers on a spirited, entertaining journey through the lens of China’s favorite and often misunderstood drink, baijiu. Derek Sandhaus illuminates Chinese history and contemporary life in his devoted quest to embrace and relish a traditional Chinese liquor.”Jen Lin-Liu, author of Serve the People and On the Noodle Road

Derek Sandhaus discusses Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World's Oldest Drinking Culture. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion. He will be joined in converation by Lisa Futterman.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: Drunk in China follows Derek Sandhaus’s journey of discovery into the world’s oldest drinking culture. He travels throughout the country and around the globe to meet with distillers, brewers, snake-oil salesmen, archaeologists, and ordinary drinkers. He examines the many ways in which alcohol has shaped Chinese society and its rituals. He visits production floors, karaoke parlors, hotpot joints, and speakeasies. Along the way he uncovers a tradition spanning more than nine thousand years and explores how recent economic and political developments have conspired to push Chinese alcohol beyond the nation’s borders for the first time. As Chinese society becomes increasingly international, its drinking culture must also adapt to the times. Can the West also adapt and clink glasses with China?

About the author: Derek Sandhaus has published four books on Chinese history and culture, most recently Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits. In 2018 Sandhaus co-founded Ming River Sichuan Baijiu in partnership with China’s oldest distillery. He serves as Ming River’s baijiu education director and as the editor at He lives with his wife and dog in Jerusalem, where he is developing a fondness for arak.

About the interlocutor: Lisa Futterman is a Chicago-based freelance journalist who covers spirits, cocktails, and other fun beverages and writes regularly about food and drinks for the Chicago Tribune. She spends her days selling cheese to restaurants, and loves to travel to faraway dining and drinking destinations.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637