Authors Kevin Begos and Deborah Blum

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"Athens", GA
Authors Kevin Begos and Deborah Blum Event date: Friday, June 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm Event address: 493 Prince Ave. Athens, GA 30601 Avid Bookshop presents Kevin Begos and Deborah Blum for their respective works Tasting the Past and The Poisoner's Handbook. This event will take place on Friday, June 29, from 6-7:00 PM at our Prince Ave. location. This event is a book reading and signing as well as a wine tasting that will be perfect for wine and science lovers everywhere. It is free and open to the public, and we encourage you to buy copies of these books and get them signed at the event! ABOUT THE BOOKS: Tasting the Past: The Science of Flavor and the Search for the Origins of Wine We travel with Begos along the original wine routes, starting in the Caucasus Mountains where wine grapes were first domesticated eight thousand years ago; then down to Israel and across the Mediterranean to Greece, Italy, and France. Finally, we travel to America where vintners are just now beginning to make distinctive wines from a new generation of local grapes. Imagine the wine grape version of heirloom vegetables or craft beer. Better yet -- taste it! Begos offers readers drinking suggestions that go far beyond the endless bottles of Chardonnay and Merlot found in most stores and restaurants. In this viticultural detective story wine geeks and history lovers alike will discover new tastes and flavors to savor. The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Kevin Begos is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow whose stories and research have appeared in major newspapers and other publications, including Scientific American, Harper's Magazine, Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and The New York Times. He reviews books for the Associated Press and is a former AP correspondent. Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a newspaper science writer for twenty years, winning the Pulitzer in 1992 for her writing about primate research. She is the author of Ghost Hunters, co-editor of A Field Guide for Science Writers, and has written about scientific research for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Psychology Today, and Mother Jones. She is the president-elect of the National Association of Science Writers and serves on advisory boards for both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Sciences.

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