The Book of Difficult Fruit

Inspired by twenty-six fruits, the essayist, poet, and pie lady Kate Lebo expertly blends natural, culinary, medical, and personal history. Out now from FSG and Picador.

“[A] dazzling, thorny new essay collection”
—Samin Nosrat, The New York Times

Winner of the Washington State Book Award, finalist for the PNBA Award, and selected by Spokane is Reading for the 2022 all-city read. Named a Best Book of the Year by New York magazine, NPR, The Globe and Mail, Electric Literature, and The Atlantic.

Read My Latest

Knowing Your Roots in The Inlander

Heart is Where the Home is in The Spokesman-Review

The Carrot Cake Queen of Spokane in Rites of Green

A Place You Went to Eat in The Inlander

Take A Class

Finding Your Form in Creative Nonfiction via Richard Hugo House (on Zoom). Formal constraints aren’t just arbitrary rules that give writing shape and rhythm. They’re restrictions that can set our writing free. When we’re struggling to begin a work of nonfiction, how do we find the right form? How can formal constraints guide us toward the fullest expression of our art? We’ll read a lot and discover how other writers make and break forms. We’ll “try on” forms we admire. Then we’ll invent our own. Mondays, October 3 – November 21. Registration begins August 23. More info/registration.

Pie School

I teach pie-making lessons in private homes and for culinary centers throughout the nation. Find out more here.