If the river was whiskey and I was a diving duck

I would dive to the bottom, never would I come up – Muddy Waters


Twelve writers. A whole bunch of pie. Booze, of course. One kick-ass evening.

We’re starting this year’s festival with a fabulous, one-off reading event featuring a dozen wonderful authors and poets, each of whom has written a piece specifically for the occasion – on the subject of either pie, or whiskey, or both. Members of the audience will receive a slice of homemade pie and a shot of whiskey on their way in. And while we at Unbound love our younger readers, this one is strictly for those 21 and over.

This is in fact the thirteenth Pie and Whiskey reading (lucky for some) but the first that has taken place outside the Pacific Northwest. The brainchild of writers Sam Ligon and Kate Lebo, the event has become so popular that it has spawned its very own book: Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. The book features some of the writers reading at Orr Street and which will be available for purchase at the event. Read more here: http://www.pieandwhiskey.com/pie-whiskey-at-the-unbound-book-festival/

Thursday night’s authors are:


·      Michael Czyzniejewski

·      Gabe Fried

·      Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

·      Alex George

·      Kate Lebo

·      Dana Levin

·      Samuel Ligon

·      Robert Lopez

·      Phong Nguyen

·      Kate Nuernberger

·      Robin Sloan

·      Steve Yarbrough


Kate Lebo is the author of Pie School and A Commonplace Book of Pie. Her writing has been anthologized in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, This is the Place: Women Writing About Home, and Ghosts of Seattle Past. Her first collection of essays, The Book of Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She lives in Spokane, Washington.


Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.