HUMANITAS Winner Mark Bailey Launches Book 'Of All the Gin Joints'
A well-connected crowd turned out Tuesday night at the Chateau Marmont to celebrate the launch for “Of All the Gin Joints,” a lively compendium of Hollywood history, cocktail recipes and tales of famous drinkers.
The book’s author, screenwriter Mark Bailey, is married to documentarian Rory Kennedy, while illustrator Edward Hemingway is Ernest’s grandson. Family including Mariel Hemingway, Dree Hemingway and new family member Cheryl Hines were there to fete the book, though Hines’ husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr. couldn’t make it back from New York.
Other Malibu friends included Jakob and Paige Dylan, while Sony’s Michael Lynton said that although he sticks to straightforward drinks like scotch on the rocks, he came as a fan of Bailey.
Bailey and Hemingway teamed on an earlier book, “Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers,” so when Bailey moved to L.A., he said publisher Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill encouraged the pair to do a more Hollywood-focused volume with a similar theme. “Of All the Gin Joints” features historic watering holes from to Polo Lounge to the Rainbow along with portraits of actors and filmmakers who enjoyed a tipple like Robert Mitchum and Sam Peckinpah.