Monday, January 26, 2015

Books & Beer. Yup. This happened.

We came, we listened, we schmoozed – and we drank beer, too.

The first EWF Books & Beer was a fun evening of chatting with each other and author Brad Smith while munching on snacks and, of course, quaffing a few Wellington Brewery beauties.

In other words, if you weren’t there, you missed out. You missed hearing Brad reading from his first Virgil Cain mystery, Red Means Run, both in book and screenplay format. You missed EWF’s Dave Beynon leading the Q&A in which Brad revealed some skeletons in his closet as well as insider experiences working on the film production of his novel All Hat. We laughed. We cried. (Well, maybe not the crying part…)

But those of us who gathered at the historic and charming Drew House in Elora, agree: Books & Beer has to become an annual event. See you in 2016!

Until then, check out scenes from the first-ever Books & Beer with author Brad Smith, presented by the Elora Writers’ Festival and sponsored by Wellington Brewery. (Photos by Dale Mills)

The "stage" at the historic Drew House:


EWF's Jean Mills and Dave Beynon set the scene: "Introducing Brad Smith, a man we believe knows a fair bit about books...and beer."

(l-r) EWF's Jean Mills, Dave Beynon and author Brad Smith

Brad does all the work, entertaining us with a reading from Red Means Run. You can't see this, but we're all relaxing with munchies and beer.

A little break to chat and fill up the cups...


Q&A led by EWF's Dave Beynon. Remember, what happens at Books & Beer stays at Books & Beer... (This photo cries out for a caption. Suggestions welcome!)

And then it was schmooze time with Brad. Signing books....


Telling stories....


Signing books AND telling stories....

And schmoozing among ourselves too...

Sue Trivers with EWF's Patricia Reimer and Roxanne Beale

Hey! Books & Beer 2016, anyone?


Want more information about Brad Smith? Click here to visit his website: Brad Smith

Want to know about our sponsor, Wellington Brewery? They make an award-winning product and support events throughout the community. Find out more here: Wellington Brewery

Interested in visiting The Drew House in Elora? Here are their details: The Drew House

And please feel free to contact us if you want more information about the Elora Writers' Festival. We can be reached here: elorawritersfestival (at) gmail (dot) com. (Yes, you have to work for that email address, but it does help us thwart the spam-bots. Thanks!)