Dubuque's beloved library will be hosting a special Zoom event with an acclaimed author in October with a bit of a delicious twist: the event will be virtual and perhaps enjoy a cocktail or two would be right in line with the subject matter.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library is hosting a Zoom event with author Camper English on Tuesday, October 17th at 6pm. During this virtual session, English will discuss his book, Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails, and lean into the overlapping histories of alcohol and medicine.

Hailing from San Francisco, Camper English has made a career out of writing about cocktails and spirits, as well as serving as a speaker and educator. His biography is extensive:

His work has been cited in at least 30 books. He is the author of Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails (2022) and The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts (2023).


Camper is the pioneer of the "Directional Freezing" technique to make perfectly clear ice that is used around the world. Camper is a judge of the SF World Spirits Competition, a former World's 50 Best Bars polling coordinator, and the founder of CocktailSafe.org and CocktailGreen.org. - per Alcademics

Photo Credit: Camper English
Photo Credit: Camper English


Registration for this event is required. If you're interested in being a part of this virtual event, you can sign up via the online calendar on Carnegie-Stout Public Library's website, or call 563-589-4225, ext. 2224. Attendees may join the Zoom event from home or view the event in the library auditorium.

Read more about all things happening at Carnegie-Stout Public Library on their website, and learn more about Camper English's extensive background in cocktail and spirit writing on his Instagram.

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