Abraxas Anniversary Event with Edward Slingerland

Edward Slingerland

PLEASE JOIN US for an early Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival three-part special event on Saturday, May 20 in honour of the 30th anniversary of Abraxas, Denman Island’s independent bookstore.


Denman Island’s independent bookstore, Abraxas, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on May 20th, 2023, with a series of events that promise to be both entertaining and educational. The evening is comprised of three components that are sure to appeal to a wide range of guests.

The first part of the event is a 15-minute skit presented by Tachi Barker and Stewart Goodings, animating Abraxas’s history through characterizations of the bookstore’s owners throughout the years. The skit promises to be a unique and engaging way to celebrate Abraxas’s legacy and to pay tribute to the individuals who have contributed to its success over the past three decades.

The part component of the evening is a wine tasting event entitled “Seven Countries and the Seven wines that made them famous”. This will be a chance for guests to sample wines from around the world and learn about the history and culture behind each one. The wine tasting will be a fun and informative experience that will appeal to both wine enthusiasts and novices alike.

The main event of the evening is a reading and multi-media presentation by Edward Slingerland, author of the book “Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization“. The book explores the role of alcohol in human history, and the ways in which our relationship with alcohol has shaped our society and culture over time. Slingerland’s writing is filled with intellectual insight into human behavior, told with humor and fascinating anecdotal detail, and also deals with a topic fraught with controversy.

Slingerland’s presentation promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking experience that will invite the audience into a shared experience of community and intellectual insight. Whether you are a fan of history, culture, or just good storytelling, this event is not to be missed.

The anniversary celebration of Abraxas is a significant milestone for the bookstore, and it is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the many individuals who have contributed to its success over the years. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the bookstore’s legacy and to celebrate the vibrant community of readers and writers that Abraxas has helped to foster over the past three decades.

In addition to the three components of the evening’s festivities, guests who purchase a ticket for the Wine Tasting side of things can also expect to enjoy a specially selected variety of wine and cheese options, as well as the opportunity to meet and mingle with other attendees. The event promises to be a wonderful way to connect with like-minded individuals and to celebrate the love of books and learning that is at the heart of Abraxas’s mission Tickets for the evening are available for purchase now at Abraxas on online at:


The 30th anniversary celebration of Abraxas promises to be an unforgettable evening of entertainment, education, and community, one where guests can expect to be both entertained and enlightened. So mark your calendars for May 20th, 2023, and join us in celebrating this milestone in Abraxas’s legacy. We look forward to seeing you there!


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