Author Event: "Drunk in China" by Derek Sandhaus

Join us for a reading by Derek Sandhaus, author of Drunk in China at City Lit Books on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Drunk in China follows Derek Sandhaus’ journey of discovery into the world’s oldest drinking culture. He travels throughout the country and around the globe to meet with distillers, brewers, snake-oil salesmen, archaeologists, and ordinary drinkers. He examines the many ways in which alcohol has shaped Chinese society and its rituals. He visits production floors, karaoke parlors, hotpot joints, and speakeasies.

Along the way he uncovers a tradition spanning more than nine thousand years and explores how recent economic and political developments have conspired to push Chinese alcohol beyond the nation’s borders for the first time. As Chinese society becomes increasingly international, its drinking culture must also adapt to the times. Can the West also adapt and clink glasses with China?


Derek Sandhaus has published four books on Chinese history and culture, most recently Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits. In 2018 Sandhaus co-founded Ming River Sichuan Baijiu in partnership with China’s oldest distillery. He serves as Ming River’s baijiu education director and as the editor at He lives with his wife and dog in Jerusalem, where he is developing a fondness for arak.

Event date: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640120976
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Published: Potomac Books - November 1st, 2019