Today's Inquirer mentions the book launch at the Manayunk Brew Pub this evening from 5 till 9.
Daniel Putkowski details the story of a young man left to run the family bar (BONKS) in the Port Richmond area of Philly. I stopped into Bonks once because I heard they were revamping their beer list.
I couldn't get a seat at the bar, so I left. Perhaps I'll return.
From an Amazon.com review:
Tommy Bonk, college student and casual piano player, never wanted his old man's bar. He wanted an education, a high-paying career, and out of his lower-class Philadelphia neighborhood. And then his brother John, a sergeant in the Marine Corps, is killed in Iraq. His father goes on a two-week bender, leaving Tommy the one thing he never wanted, a chance to run the family bar. Seduced by the financial success of his early attempts, he plunges in head first, thinking that he can outsmart crooked cops, the Russian mob, a clever local girl, and his own ambition. Along the way, Tommy faces realities he previously denied. He earns a degree in the ways of the world ... where the grading scale includes life and death ... where some things are important and others simply aren't worth a damn. --Hawser Press