My good friend, Andy Sturdevant, and I have spent the last year and change working on a book about the history of bars and saloons in the Twin Cities. It was a lot of research and writing, but I finally have the results in my hands and it looks great! The Minnesota Historical Society Press did a wonderful job putting everything together, and, if I do say so myself, the stories and photos are gems.
I want to thank my co-author Andy for putting up with me and being a wise and enthusiastic collaborator.
I also want to thank and acknowledge the following people for their assistance and insights: James Eli Shiffer, Peter Majerle, Phil Platt, Shadey Chavez, Gilbert de la O, Frank Schweitz, Eric Dawson, Mark Stutrud, Dick Westby, Dave Thune, Tim Gallivan, Art Eddleston, Annette Fleming, James Hathaway, Tom Schroeder, Peter Rachleff, the organizers of the Stupor Bowl, and the countless people who help Twin Cities Facebook history groups thrive.
Finally, I want to thank my wife, Emily Parks, for editing help, love, and support.
Thanks to all of you!
Andy and I are having a kick-off party at one of our favorite places, The Black Forest Inn on Nicollet Avenue. It'll be next Thursday in the back room at the classic Whittier establishment.
I hope you can make it! (Details below.)
Meanwhile look for Closing Time in stores, or order it from MNHS Press today.
If you want a sneak preview, we've been leaking excerpts to local publications. Check out:
Stay tuned for more readings and events to be announced shortly!