Spokane authors Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon have been giving writers a pie and a whiskey prompt to inspire a new piece. Over the past six years, the Pie & Whiskey events in Spokane and Missoula have featured Washington writers like Jess Walter, Paisley Rekdal, Ed Skoog and Elizabeth J. Colen. Now they have an anthology that, the New York Times says, is “just as eclectic, drunk and delicious.”
Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze (Sasquatch Books) is a delightful compilation of original writing mixed with pie recipe and whiskey pairings (consider “The Pat Nixon” whiskey recipe alongside “Martha Washington’s Pie”).
Kate Lebo is the author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter and A Commonplace Book of Pie. Her essay about listening through hearing loss, “The Loudproof Room,” was selected for Best American Essays 2015. She writes for the Spokesman-Review. Sam Ligon is the author of two novels – Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead. He teaches at Eastern Washington University and is artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.