Books and drinks go together like pretty much anything else and drinks, with the added benefit of making the drinker look smart. On Wednesday, December 6th, head to The Hawthorne, where journalist and historian Carl M. Cannon will debut his new book, On This Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time. The book remembers all the small stories that tend to slip between the pages of history, like who wrote Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, what inspired Abe Lincoln to grow his beard, and the legal grounds for the first American divorce—all great topics for barroom banter. Cannon will be on hand to discuss his book over cocktails and Johnny Walker starting at 5:00, with a toast and remarks at 6:00 and a book signing at 6:30. The event is free, with a cash bar available. Get all the details.