Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze (Hardcover)
Pie & Whiskey is a reading series founded in Spokane, Washington (a small town east of the Cascades you've probably read about in The Stranger) that pairs poetry and prose with butter and booze. It's a good pairing. This collection features culinary-themed writing from a lineup of Northwest heavy hitters and several irreverent, fun recipes so we can join the boozy "sweet corruption" from home. I can easily see myself knocking back several Chocolate Pecan Pie Whiskey Shots (p. 28) to survive family gatherings this holiday season and, come spring, I know I'll be ride or die for the Motherfucking Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (p. 91). -Eric— From Winter Gazette 2017
Pie & Whiskey is the tent revival of literary events where writers such as Anthony Doerr, Steve Almond, and Elissa Washuta present original works based on prompts that include the words pie and whiskey. This anthology collects the best of that writing along with new pieces to bring this spirited gathering to the printed page. Pie & Whiskey, the book, is a literary collection of readings presented over the past six years in Spokane, WA, and Missoula, MT, at Pie & Whiskey, the event, run by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon. Writers like Jess Walter, J Robert Lennon, Kim Barnes, and ML Smoker were invited to generate new work based on prompts that involve pie or whiskey or both. Sam and Kate figured that good writing served with a slice of pie and a shot of whiskey would create an energized atmosphere uncommon at literary events. The contributors, drawn mainly from the west, but not exclusively, responded with surprising, funny, heartbreaking, fantastically written stories and poems. The book will include a smattering of pie recipes and whiskey-centric cocktails. Look here for tasty literary servings.
About the Author
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 Poets, Gastronomica, 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.