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Speaker Series: Wright Thompson & Ace Atkins In Conversation with Julian Van Winkle III

November 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Calling all bourbon drinkers! Join the Charleston Library Society in conversation with Julian Van Winkle, Wright Thompson, and Ace Atkins as they discuss Wright’s book, Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last. This fascinating story focuses on how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family’s heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in very short supply.

Wright Thompson was the mastermind in piecing together this extraordinary testimony on the challenge of living up to your legacy and the rewards that come from knowing and honoring your people and your craft. Thompson’s friend & returning author, Ace Atkins, will add another layer of Southern storytelling to the event, and this amazing trio is sure to create a lively conversation for everyone to enjoy!

This event is free, but an RSVP is required, and you will receive your Zoom invitation email the day of the event. If you pre-order or purchase a copy of Pappyland through Buxton Books, you will be entered in our giveaway of a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve.

Click this link to pre-order or purchase your copy: https://buxton-books.square.site/product/pappyland-a-story-of-family-find-bourbon-and-the-things-that-last/3201?cs=true

As a journalist said of Pappy Van Winkle, “You could call it bourbon, or you could call it a $5,000 bottle of liquified, barrel-aged unobtanium.” Julian Van Winkle, the third-generation head of his family’s business, is now thought of as something like the Buddha of Bourbon – Booze Yoda, as Wright Thompson calls him. He is swarmed wherever he goes, and people stand in long lines to get him to sign their bottles of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, the whiskey he created to honor his grandfather, the founder of the family concern. A bottle of the 23-year-old Pappy starts at $3000 on the internet. As Julian is the first to say, things have gone completely nuts.


November 17, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm