American Gothic Pie Author, Beth Howard, will be at the Clive Public Library to discuss her book, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie. Pie is a comfort. Pie builds community. Pie heals. Pie can change the world. That is what Beth Howard always believed. While people assume she acquired her pie baking talents from her Midwestern grandmothers, it was at the age of 17 during a bicycle trip in Washington State that she had her first pie lesson. Caught stealing apples from the tree of a retired pastry chef, she found herself in his kitchen mixing dough. Hooked, she went on to make pies for would be suitors, to ease unbearable jobs, an argument with a friend and a broken heart.
She received a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and has worked and lived throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Prior to becoming a journalist, Beth had established herself as a successful public relations executive and was a former pie baker to the stars in Malibu. Beth currently lives in Eldon, IA, in the American Gothic House made famous in Grant Wood’s painting.
Beaverdale Books will sell copies of her book at this event.