Ernest Hemingway. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever. Raymond friggin’ Carver. What do these authors have in common? (“They were all overrated white males” is not the answer we’re looking for.) They all ordered booze by the boatful, and in her new book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia Laing explores why. Having grown up in an alcoholic family herself, Laing removes the romance from drinking to reveal just how destructive the famous men’s habits became; she appears Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.