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Dec. 16, 2013
For Bars Selling the Moscow Mule, Their Cup Runneth Off
The Wall Street Journal

July 25, 2012
Article published in The New York Times:
Like a Tupperware Party, With Punching

December 2011
The King of Vodka has just been released as an audiobook by Audible.com
El Rey del Vodka
August 2011
El Rey del Vodka makes
its debut in Mexico in Aug. 2011.
The Spanish edition means
the book is now available
in five languages.

November 2010
First Foreign Language
Editions of The King of Vodka Released

O Rei Da Vodca, the Portugese translation published by Zahar, debuted November 2010.
The Spanish edition is due out in March 2011.

August 2010
The King of Vodka is the WINNER of the Saroyan International Prize in Writing

May 2010
The King of Vodka has been book shortlisted for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

April 2010
The King of Vodka shortlisted for James Beard Award
— Jackie Burrell, Contra Costa Times
The tale of Pyotr Smirnov — son of a 19th century Russian serf who rose to power and prestige as the head of a vodka empire — reads more like vivid cinematic script than meticulously researched nonfiction. But the dramatic surges and ebbs, the tales of Bolshevik revolution, lavish palace dinners and prison escapes is all true — and it has put former Wall Street Journal and Business Week writer Linda Himelstein on the shortlist for a 2010 James Beard Award.

March 2010
The King of Vodka been awarded a silver medal by the Axiom Business Book Awards.

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2010 Award Nominees. The King of Vodka has been nominated in the Book Category/Beverages.
International Association of Culinary Professionals
The King of Vodka
was named a finalist by the International Association of Culinary Professionals

December 18, 2009
The King of Vodka was named one of the 50 notable Bay Area books of 2009 by the San Francisco Chronicle

December 17, 2009
The King of Vodka makes the Bay Area Reporter booklist of 2009

December 3, 2009
The King of Vodka was named one of the best books of 2009 by BusinessWeek

August 17, 2009
ABC's "Milliionaire" meets "The King of Vodka"

ABC's "Millionaire" $4,000 question was "Ninteenth century Russian businessman Pyotr Smirnov is the subject of a 2009 biography titled "The King of _______"?
A) Ballet
B) Chemistry
C) Rifles
D) Vodka

Watch the clip from ABC's "Milliionaire

Authors at Google

Linda Himelstein visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss her book The King of Vodka. Watch the video
Authors at Google

Linda Himelstein on BookTV.
Watch the video


December 14
Local Authors Luncheon at Orphan Compassion

October 24

Committee of 200, Atlanta

March 12-14
Tucson Festival of Books

Past Events

May 14, 7pm
Books Inc.
1375 Burlingame Avenue

May 2, 2pm
Toll Hall, Scripps College
Claremont, CA

May 20, 7pm

Book Passage Bookstore
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA

May 27, 1pm
Google Headquarters
Mountain View, CA

June 2, 7:30pm
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA

July 1, 5:30
Reading and vodka tasting
Mechanics Institute

July 19
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
Forest Park, IL

August 1, 3pm
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA

August 4
7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla CA
September 14
Overseas Press Club, New York

September 16
Harvard Club, Boston

September 23
A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland

September 24, 12:30
Diablo Valley College

October 10 & 12
Litquake, San Francisco