A Commonplace Book of Pie combines high art, pop culture, practical resource and fantasy zodiac to make a collection of facts -- both real and imagined -- about pie. It’s a poetry book that fits in the cookbook section, while being a cookbook that resists the demands of traditional recipes. One can read A Commonplace Book of Pie as a fanciful take on what your favorite dessert says about you, or one can read it as a manifesto of, as Heather McHugh describes it, “not so much the secret’s telling as the telling secret.” With full color illustrations by Jessica Lynn Bonin.
Kate Lebo’s writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica and Poetry Northwest among other journals, and she has a cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter, published by Sasquatch Books.
Kate has judged the Iowa State Fair Pie Contest, baked at the American Gothic House and won Best in Show at the first annual Cake vs. Pie Competition. A devotee of book art, she’s an editor for the handmade literary journal Filter and has a long history of zine-making. Her most recent zine is The Pie Lady’s Manifesto, which we're including free with a purchase of A Commonplace Book of Pie while supplies last.
Kate was raised in the Pacific Northwest by Iowans. She’s lived on the wet half of Washington State almost all her life and currently resides near Portland, Oregon, though she still calls Seattle home. She has ambivalent feelings about pie a la mode. She adores rhubarb.
Jessica Lynn Bonin is a painter and illustrator interested in Americana -- the artifacts and images of our culture -- and how that culture confines and defines us. She lives and works in a former hardware store and lumberyard in Edison, Washington.