Author Philippa Glanville wants you to know that there is an exquisite art to drinking, one that goes beyond chugging 12 pints of Miller High Life at the bar, incoherently attempting to convince someone to go home with you, and then puking all over yourself after getting kicked out. Glanville, co-author of Elegant Eating: Four Hundred Years of Dining in Style, certainly knows a thing or two about keeping things classy—and in her latest book, The Art of Drinking, she has mixed together an intoxicating “celebration and exploration of the extraordinary range of visual material created to exploit, celebrate, sell, and simply enjoy alcoholic beverages.” Of course, Glanville’s 144-page hardcover won’t do much in the way of helping you get laid, but at least it won’t leave you seeing double and pissing your pants, either.
Glanville discusses and signs copies of her work at 6:30 p.m. at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15. (202) 686-5807.