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ROAD SIDES Book Launch Party

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Switchyards Westside

400 Trabert Avenue Northwest

Atlanta, GA 30309

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Join Switchyards and The Bitter Southerner for the Atlanta launch party of Road Sides!

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Switchyards and The Bitter Southerner are thrilled to host the Atlanta launch party of Emily Wallace's newest book, Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South. Published by the University of Texas Press.

We'll start at 6:30pm with a reception of cold beer and salty snacks. At 7:30pm, Bitter Southerner Editor-in-Chief Chuck Reece will host a conversation with the author, followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.

This evening is FREE and open to the public, RSVPs encouraged.

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An illustrated glovebox essential, Road Sides explores the fundamentals of a well-fed road trip through the American South, from A to Z. There are detours and destinations, accompanied by detailed histories and more than 120 original illustrations that document how we get where we’re going and what to eat and do along the way.

Learn the backstory of food-shaped buildings, including the folks behind Hills of Snow, a giant snow cone stand in Smithfield, North Carolina, that resembles the icy treats it sells. Find out how kudzu was used to support a burgeoning highway system, and get to know Edith Edwards—the self-proclaimed Kudzu Queen—who turns the obnoxious vine into delicious teas and jellies. Discover the roots of kitschy roadside attractions, and have lunch with the state-employed mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida.

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“In the tradition of de Tocqueville and Heat-Moon, Emily Wallace invites readers for a ride-along that reveals truths about people and the roads they take. Her strengths are different: She can draw and paint! She’s funny! She’s been to Weeki Wachee! But the results are just as insightful.” —John T Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

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Learn more about Road Sides at http://eewallace.com/road-sides

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