Books are Made of Other Books with Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon


Books are Made of Other Books, a reading and conversation with Kate Lebo, author of The Book of Difficult Fruit, and Samuel Ligon, author of Miller Cane, a True and Exact History, on research, fact checking (or lack thereof), and the books that influenced them as they wrote their own most recent books. 


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About Kate Lebo: 

Kate Lebo is the author of the cookbook Pie School and the poetry chapbook Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and is the coeditor, with Samuel Ligon, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. Her essay about listening through hearing loss, “The Loudproof Room,” originally appeared in New England Review and was anthologized in The Best American Essays 2015. She lives in Spokane, Washington, where she is an apprentice cheesemaker to Lora Lea Misterly of Quillisascut Farm.


About Sam Ligon:

Samuel Ligon’s most recent novel—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History—was serialized for a year in Spokane’s weekly newspaper, The Inlander, as well as on Spokane Public Radio. The author of four previous books of fiction, including Wonderland and Safe in Heaven Dead, Ligon is also co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. He teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and serves as EWU’s Faculty Legislative Liaison in Olympia.

Event date: 
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 7:00pm
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402 W Main
Spokane, WA 99201
The Book of Difficult Fruit Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374718336
Availability: Available Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 5th, 2021

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

"an anthology that’s ... eclectic, drunk and delicious." —The New York Times

If you love pie, whiskey, and good writing, this collection of funny and heartbreaking stories, poems, and recipes serves up a plethora of pleasure.

Among the Dead and Dreaming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935248781
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Published: Leapfrog Press - April 5th, 2016

A masterful exhibition in storytelling; a breathless page-turner. Ligon drives his narrative like a formula one racer. Buckle your seat belts and get ready for a thrilling ride.--Jonathan Evison, West of Here

Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300143102
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Published: Yale University Press - September 16th, 2008

Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography: the story of the mystifying relationship between the brilliant and affable Gertrude Stein and her brooding companion, Alice B. Toklas

"Janet Malcolm deftly captures Alice B.

The Known World: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060557553
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Published: Amistad - May 25th, 2004

From National Book Award-nominated author Edward P. Jones comes a debut novel of stunning emotional depth and unequaled literary power

Crazy Horse: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143034803
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2005

Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse, a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day. This superb biography looks back across more than 120 years at the life and death of this great Sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250182487
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Published: Picador - August 7th, 2018


One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385334297
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Published: Delta - April 13th, 1999

From dealing blackjack in the small-time gangster  town of Steubenville, Ohio, to carousing with the  famous "Rat Pack" in a Hollywood he  called home, Dean Martin lived in a grandstand,  guttering life of booze, broads, and big money. He  rubbed shoulders with the mob, the Kennedys, and  Hollywood's biggest stars.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563006
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2018

A new Vintage Classics edition of the abolitionist leader’s classic autobiography.