Join Ashley Hall for
An Evening With Author and Ashley Hall Alumna Rossi Anastopoulo ’13
Thursday, November 17
6:00 p.m. | Book Signing and Dessert Tasting
7:00 p.m. | Discussion
Burges Auditorium

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Join Ashley Hall as we celebrate the release of Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies by alumna Rossi Anastopoulo ’13. This special evening will include a lively discussion moderated by fellow Ashley Hall alumna and arts contributor for The Post and Courier Maura Hogan ’82 preceded by a dessert tasting (including pie, of course!) and book signing sponsored by Charleston’s Buxton Books 

In Sweet Land of Liberty: A History of America in 11 Pies, Anastopoulo cracks open our relationship to pie with wit and good humor. For centuries pie has been a malleable icon, co-opted for new social and political purposes. Here, she traces the pies woven into our history, following the evolution of our country across centuries of innovation and change. With corresponding recipes for each chapter and sidebars of quirky facts throughout, Sweet Land of Liberty is an entertaining, informative, and utterly charming food history for bakers, dessert lovers, and history aficionados alike.

Listen to Rossi’s recent interview with NPR  

Parking is available in the Smith Street parking lot.

About the Author

Rossi Anastopoulo ’13 is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in TASTESaveurFood52Bon Appetit, and Eaten Magazine. In 2019 she was the recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award for Narrative Food Writing for her piece on the bean pie and the Nation of Islam. She works as the blog editor for King Arthur Baking Company and is based in Los Angeles.

Early Praise for Sweet Land of Liberty

“Food history is rarely this much fun to read—Rossi Anastopoulo condenses extensive research into a sharp, clever volume that powerfully reframes what it means to call any food ‘American.’ ” —Mayukh Sen, author of Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

“A well-researched exploration into not only what fills the crust, Sweet Land of Liberty takes the reader on a delve deep into the historical, social, and political significance of pie in America.” —Kate McDermott, James Beard Award-nominated author of Art of the Pie and Pie Camp

As sponsor of this evening’s book signing, we thank you for supporting independent bookstore Buxton Books. We ask that you honor their request to not bring books purchased elsewhere to this event. If you’d like to reserve more than 5 copies, please let them know in advance at [email protected]. Thank you!