“Books, booze & banter”

Once a month about three dozen Lacey’s Bridge Tavern (LaceysBridgeTavern.com) denizens indulge in a different type of pop culture pursuit: Reading with cocktails.

“The more you drink, the more you want to talk,” jokes retired police sergeant Hank Edgar of Graniteville, 60, who favors non-fiction and Budweiser. “You become more fluid.”

Established a little over a year ago, Lacey’s Book Club tackles everything from literary classics such as Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and bestsellers like Jodi Picoult “The Pact” to Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama biographies.

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