6 Authors We’d Like to Drink a Beer With
A Pulitzer Prize winner, a staple in Southern literature, and a novelist with a very apt name.
Usually, when we imagine a dream dinner party, all our imaginary guests are authors (shocking). And instead of eating, we drink beer.
From the leading figure in Southern literature to an Irish novelist, who’s first novel was denounced from the pulpit, here are 6 talented writers who make our guest list every time.
Terry Southern and Hell-Bent Beer
He was part of the postwar literary movement in Paris, at the center of Swinging ’60s in London, and credited by Tom Wolfe as having invented New Journalism. As a screenwriter, Southern also wrote memorable dialogue for some of Hollywood?s greatest films, including Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider.
Francine Prose and Genesee Beer
With the surname ?Prose,? it?s no surprise she became a crusader for the advancement of literature and freedom of expression as President of PEN American Center. Over a tall one, we?d ask Francine Prose about the musical adaptation of her novel The Glorious Ones, or the 1993 film Household Saints, starring Tracey Ullman, adapted from her book of the same name.
Pat Conroy and Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy Ale
He?s a New York Times bestselling author, a leading figure in Southern literature, and author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini ? both of which were made into Oscar-nominated film adaptations. We could go on, but it?s PAT CONROY!
Edna O’Brien and Beamish Irish Stout
Philip Roth considers this Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, and poet, ?The most gifted woman now writing in English.? Her first novel, The Country Girls, was banned, burned, and denounced from the pulpit. You may want to wait until the second drink before mentioning it, though.
Michael Chabon and Yuengling Lager
Called ?one of the most celebrated authors of his generation? by the Virginia Quarterly Review, Chabon is responsible for Wonder Boys, adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Michael Douglas. His magnum opus, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, earned him a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001.
Irwin Shaw and Boddingtons Ale
Having sold over 14 million books, Shaw became a critical and commercial darling during the mid-20th century. His most famous novel, Young Lions was made into a film of the same name in 1958, starring an unlikely trio of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Dean Martin.