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. 

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

Out now from FSG and Picador. Order from your nearest independent bookstore via Indiebound.


Sept 17 – Montana Book Festival, virtual event with The Write Question’s Lauren Korn, 7 pm PST. Register here.

Sept 22 – in conversation with Peter Hoffman, celebrated chef and author of What’s Good?, on the connections our books make between cooking, natural science, and memoir. Virtual event with Watchung Booksellers, 7:30 pm EST. Register here.

Sept 24 – Books are Made of Other Books, a reading and conversation with Samuel Ligon, author of Miller Cane, a True and Exact History, on research, fact checking (or lack thereof), and the books that influenced us as we wrote their own most recent books. In person (vaccinated & masked) at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, WA, 7 pm PST.

October 3 – Brooklyn Book Festival, details TBA.

November 11 – reading with Lisa Wells, author of Believers, at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, in person (we hope!), time TBA.

December 7 – in conversation with Katie Quinn, author of Cheese, Wine, and Bread, hosted virtually by Book Larder, 12 pm PST.

Read My Latest

A Place You Went to Eat in The Inlander

Pit of Despair in Harper’s Magazine

A Secret, Symbolic History of Pomegranates on Literary Hub

This Is Our Birth Announcement in The Inlander

Take A Class

Join me for Finding Your Form in Nonfiction, an online writing class hosted by Richard Hugo House. Starts October 6.

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