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Event: Pie & Whiskey, edited by Kate Lebo & Samuel Ligon, Sunday, August 19, 7:00 pm at the bookstore




Edited by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon

Sunday, August 19, 7:00 pm

Griffin Bay Bookstore


What better time to indulge in pie made with slugs of whiskey than a Sunday evening in August? If you like both, and want to hear what a few of your favorite Northwestern writers have to say about butter and booze, you’d better come to Griffin Bay Bookstore on Sunday, August 19, 7:00 pm.

Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon, who edited, Pie & Whiskey, will tell you how they enlisted writers to generate new works based on prompts that involved pie or whiskey or both. They’ll let you in on a literary collection that grew out of some rollicking readings where both pie and whiskey were served.

In short, Pie & Whiskey, the book, is a literary collection of new works as well as readings presented over the past six years of Pie & Whiskey events run by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon.

Following their prompts, the writers responded with surprising, funny, heartbreaking, and fantastically written stories and poems. This writing—served with a slice of pie and a shot of whiskey—at literary events, created an uncommon, as well as energized atmosphere. The anthology collects the best of that writing, along with new pieces, to bring this spirited gathering to the printed page. The book also includes a smattering of pie recipes and whiskey-centric cocktails.

Some of the contributors are: Anthony Doerr, Jess Walter, J. Robert Lennon, Kim Addonizio,Angela Garbes, Sherrie Flick, Shawn Vestal, Steve Almond, Elissa Washuta, Robert Wrigley.

Jess Walter, the author of Beautiful Ruins, participated in all the Pie & Whiskey talks, concluding, “To me it’s what a reading should be. It’s lively and fun, and no one has that upward lilting poet voice.” His work appears twice in the Pie & Whiskey collection.  One of Walter’s contributions, “Whiskey Pie”—a short story about siblings enjoying a very boozy pecan dessert—precedes Lebo’s recipe for chocolate-covered-pecan-pie shots.

"This project began as a reading series organized by Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon, in which they sent 12 writers a pie and whiskey prompt to inspire new work. Six years later, they have created an anthology that’s just as eclectic, drunk and delicious."   —The New York Times

Don't miss out on some fun and imaginative writing, some good stories, and a slice or two of homemade whiskey-flavored pie.                                                                             

About the Editors

Kate Lebo is the author of Pie School and A Commonplace Book of Pie. Her essay "The Loudproof Room" appeared in New England Review and was chosen for Best American Essays 2015. Her poems, essays, and recipes have appeared in Best New PoetsGastronomica, the Washington Post, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and is artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Ligon lives in Spokane, Washington.


Event date: 
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
155 Spring Street
Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze Cover Image
By Kate Lebo (Editor), Samuel Ligon (Editor)
ISBN: 9781632171122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sasquatch Books - October 24th, 2017