Alumni Authors


susan reigler headshot and book

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of 
North American-based alumni.

Our September 2021 book is "Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide"
by Susan Reigler (Somerville, 1977).

Among award-winning writer Susan Reigler’s books are Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (now in its 3rd edition), The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook, and The American Whiskey Tasting Notebook. Her newest, co-authored with Peggy Noe Stevens, is Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? – Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Pairings, Dinner, and Cocktail Parties was released in 2020 and winner of the 2021 International Book Awards – Cookbooks: General. 

From 1992 to 2005, Reigler was the restaurant critic and beverage columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal and was a James Beard Foundation Judge for 21 years. Currently she is a contributing writer to Bourbon+, American Whiskey Magazine (for which she writes whiskey tasting notes and ratings), and is bourbon columnist for Food & Dining and Covey Rise magazines.

Reigler is past president of the Bourbon Women Association and has hosted tastings and been featured in whiskey festivals throughout the United States, including in Chicago, New Orleans, Savannah, Seattle, Louisville, and Smithfield, Virginia. She is currently president of the Kentucky chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an organization of women culinary professionals. She is a Certified Executive Bourbon Steward, a member of the Order of the Writ, and a graduate of Indiana and Oxford Universities. 

You can purchase Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide here.


Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

Please visit our archive page to look back at previous Alumni Authors


Overhead view of Radcliffe Camera and adjacent colleges