In Conversation with Kathryn Smith

Join us on Monday, January 22nd at 5:30 pm for an In Conversation event with author Kathryn Smith. She’ll be chatting about her new book, Methodist & Moonshiners: Another Prohibition Expedition Through The South... with Cocktail Recipes. 

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Did you know George Washington drank his way through the South in 1791 and ran one of the country’s biggest distilleries after his presidency? Or that Methodists were even keener about drying up America than Baptists were?

In Methodists and Moonshiners: Another Prohibition Expedition Through the South…with Cocktail Recipes, you’ll learn about the notorious murder at Atlanta’s Georgian Terrace Hotel, the peculiar story of Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins, who share a hometown with actor Andy Griffith, and the former enslaved man who taught Jack Daniel to make whiskey. In this companion volume to Baptists and Bootleggers, you’ll go to bars, distilleries, speakeasies, museums, and cemeteries and can sample vintage and modern cocktails from the comfort of home. History has never been so much fun!


Kathryn Smith is a former journalist and nonprofit director who has written six non-fiction and co-written five fiction books in the past ten years. Her books include "The Gatekeeper," the biography of FDR's private secretary Marguerite LeHand, and two books about Prohibition in the South, "Baptists and Bootleggers" and, most recently, "Methodists and Moonshiners." Kathryn writes the Missy LeHand Mystery series with Kelly Durham, and they recently completed the fifth book in the series, "Murder on the Campaign Train." A popular speaker, Kathryn has given more than 250 presentations on her books at venues including the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, the National World War II Museum, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. She lives in Anderson with her husband Leo.