Now Beer This

Tom Robbins signs his sudsy book for kids and adults alike.

Maverick author Tom Robbins is known for his whimsical (yet well-researched) forays into little-known crevices of our planet -- from peyote trips to Salome’s forbidden Dance of the Seven Veils to the unknown whereabouts of the model for Henri Matisse’s “Blue Nude.” Now, Robbins is boldly going where no psychedelic adult novelist has gone before: into the wide world of children’s literature.

In his latest project, B Is for Beer, Robbins examines this extremely popular beverage (36 billion gallons of beer are consumed on an annual basis!) through the eyes of a precocious kindergartner named Gracie, who’s been saddled with a distracted mother and an insensitive father. Luckily, her free-spirited Uncle Moe is willing to explain to Gracie why grownups seem so crazy about a beverage that makes most kids pucker their mouths in disgust when they try their first sip. And then there’s the Beer Fairy, who picks up Gracie’s beer education where Uncle Moe leaves off.

B Is for Beer is billed as a children’s book for grownups and a grown-up book for children, but at 125 pages, it’s probably not suitable for Gracie’s real-life counterparts. Robbins will give a presentation and sign the book this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th Street; free tickets are available at all Tattered Cover locations and will also be given out at the LoDo site beginning at 6:30 p.m. Because of the expected crowd, seating in the presentation room may be limited; for details, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Thu., April 30, 7:30 p.m., 2009

 
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