May 20 – Evening Reading with Edward Slingerland

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Special One-Evening Event with Edward Slingerland

May 20, 2023 – doors open: 6:30 - event starts: 7pm, Denman Hall

Edward SlingerlandThe Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival invites you to a special guest one evening event with Edward Slingerland, in the lead-up to the main Festival. Edward is author of the book, Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization.

An “entertaining and enlightening” deep dive into the alcohol-soaked origins of civilization—and the evolutionary roots of humanity’s appetite for intoxication (Daniel E. Lieberman, author of Exercised).

Slingerland takes up the cause with all the chivalry of a knight-errant, and his infectious passion makes this book a romp as well as a refreshingly erudite rejoinder to the prevailing wisdom. (Zoë Lescaze, The New York Times)

Drunk elegantly cuts through the tangle of urban legends and anecdotal impressions that surround our notions of intoxication to provide the first rigorous, scientifically-grounded explanation for our love of alcohol. (Goodreads)

Edward ( is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, where he also holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Asian Studies. He is also Director of the Database of Religious History ( Dr. Slingerland is the author of several academic monographs and edited volumes, a major translation of the Analects of Confucius, and approximately fifty book chapters, reviews, and articles in top academic journals in a wide range of fields. His first trade book, Trying Not to Try (Crown 2014), ties together insights from early Chinese thought and modern psychological research. His second, Drunk (Little, Brown Spark June 2021), targets the standard scientific view of our taste for intoxicants as an evolutionary accident, arguing instead that alcohol and other drugs have played a crucial role in helping humans to be more creative, trusting and cooperative.

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There are 3 events in one tonight. The first is a short skit animating the history of the thirty year anniversary of Denman Island's independent bookstore, Abraxas. See Tachi, Juan and Stewart perform a condensed history and celebration of the characters who kept Abraxas alive all those years.

The second event, included in your payment of $15 is a reading from Edward Slingerland, the highly celebrated author of Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization, described on the left of this page.

The next set of tickets is for the Slingerland Reading and wine tasting event combined (for $35). The Wine Tasting Soirée is entitled "7 Countries and the wines that made them famous!". We have selected wines from seven different countries for our special Abraxas evening.  The characteristic flavours of each wine will be highlighted along with the cheese that enhances each wine.





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