Books & Brews

Books & Brews, a collaboration with Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg, and with Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery in Crozet, is a series of talks with authors from around our area and the world.

The series is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust.

Mary Katharine Froehlich, Books & Brews Emcee and Host

With our Books & Brews events, when you present your WMRA MemberCard, you'll receive a certificate for a complimentary beer and the events are free and free-to-all, whether you're a member of WMRA or not. 

Authors whose work we've celebrated and discussed have included CIA historian Nicholas Reynolds, acclaimed music journalist Preston Lauterbach, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Alan Taylor, and former Poet Laureate Rita Dove.

We welcome suggestions and if you have an author in mind for a future Books & Brews, send a note to our host, Mary Katharine Froehlich

Books & Brews is at Pale Fire Brewing Company the second Tuesday of every month, and at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery the following Wednesday. We hope to see you there!

On January 10th, 2017, we welcomed author and philosopher Marietta McCarty  to Pale Fire Brewing Company to kick off our 2017 Books & Brews series.

Marietta McCarty discussed, "Clear Thinking for the New Year," and highlighted key aspects of philosophy that can help you order your priorities and stay focused on your goals.

On December 6th, we ended the 2016 Books & Brews  series with former poet laureate Rita Dove.

WMRA and the Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU, co-sponsored the evening with author, playwright and poet Rita Dove, reading from her works and answering audience questions.

On November 1st, the Tuesday before the election, we welcomed author Chuck McCutcheon to Pale Fire Brewing Company for our Books & Brews series.

Author and political reporter Chuck McCutcheon shared stories and insights into the jargon, slang and bluster of our American politics. 

Our October 2016 Books & Brews featured Rebecca Kauffman discussing her debut novel, "Another Place You've Never Been."

Season two of Books & Brews, the collaboration between WMRA Public Radio and Pale Fire Brewing Company kicked off on Tuesday, September 6th, with Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, talking with us about his new book, "American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804."

Our May 2016 Books & Brews featured journalist and visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, Stephen Nash. Nash is also the author of Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform our Cities, Shorelines and Forests, a very readable book that brings the timely subject of global warming home to our own Virginia backyards. He explored both the science and the economics of climate change in our state, as well as introducing us to the people actively involved in formulating the discussion about it. 

Our April 5th Books and Brews featured Music journalist Preston Lauterbach, author of Beale Street Dynasty and The Chitlin' Circuit. About 75 people came out to hear Preston speak at Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg. Many also stayed to hear blues musician Austin Shifflett.

On Tuesday, March 1st, roughly 100 people attended our Books and Brews discussion with Beth Macy, author of Factory Man

The evening was hosted by WMRA's Martha Woodroof.

On Tuesday, February 2nd, author Michael Signer discussed his book, "Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father." An estimated 130 people came out to hear him speak.

Christopher Louderbeck

Thanks to everyone who came out to our second Books and Brews, making it a great success!  It was standing-room-only at Pale Fire Brewing Company as over a hundred WMRA members were treated to a complimentary beer and a fascinating talk by Gary Noesner.

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