Celebrate the Inspirational Power of Pie and Whiskey

A literary event series about pie and whiskey is now a book.

By Callie Little


November 14, 2017

This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Why pie? Why whiskey? The introduction to Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze (Sasquatch Books, $19.95) offers this explanation: “As the Irish say, ‘what butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.’”

This anthology, edited by Washington writers Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon, was born out of an ongoing literary event series of the same name, held in Spokane and Missoula, Montana. The recipe for the book is simple: offer minimal ingredients (pie, whiskey) to a handful of the Northwest’s best writers for inspired writing on the subjects. By the time you’re finished consuming the essays, stories and poems collected here from that series—by scribes such as Jess Walter, Kim Barnes, Elissa Washuta and others—you’ll likely be asking, “Why not pie and whiskey?”

Select author reading (including pie and whiskey), Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington Hall, Squire Park, 153 14th Ave; 206.322.1151.


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