2019 Schedule of Appearances


To book Beth for public speaking, book events, pie demos or classes, contact Beth directly at 310-463-6294, [email protected]

January 17 to 19, 2019 — Jefferson, Texas   Pulpwood Queens Book Club Girlfriends’ Weekend. This annual gathering of book clubs is packed with a full lineup of guest speakers (NYT bestselling authors), author panels (I’ll be on one), book signings (yep, I’ll be doing that too), and costume party (I have no idea what to wear!).  Register here.

February 5, 2019 — Online   Satellite Sisters Podcast — I’m beyond excited to be a guest on this lively, popular, award-winning show. I’ve been following their podcast since it started in 2000 as a program on NPR. Please tune in!

February 8, 2019 — Iowa City, Iowa   Prairie Lights Bookstore — 7:00PM, Reading for my latest book, Hausfrau Honeymoon: Love, Language and Other Misadventures in Germany. I usually serve pretzels at my Hausfrau Honeymoon events, but for this one, per tradition, I’m bringing pie!

February 13, 2019 — Phoenix, Arizona   Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix location) — 6:30 to 8:30  — Hosted by the Ellevate Network, I’ll be talking about my path to being a published writer called, “Pushing the Rock Up the Hill: An Author’s Journey,” to inspire others to write and share their own stories. Ticketed event. Advance purchase here.

February 22 to 24, 2019 — Iowa City, Iowa   Iowa Writers’ House  — I’ll be teaching a writing/pie-making combo workshop called “Writing, Like Pie, Is Meant To Be Shared.” Designed to give you the confidence to sit your butt in the chair, get your writing down, and put your work out there! Register here.

 ****  More events to come….so check back.  ****

To request an appearance or interview or book club discussion with me, please contact me directly — [email protected]

FOR MORE UPDATES…go to The World Needs More Pie Facebook page or to Beth’s blog.

Past Events 2016

June 19  — Wonder of Words Fest, Des Moines, Iowa 
In the Principal Breakout Room at 4:45PM, Beth will talk about the writing process, her latest work and sign books. Pie may be served!

June 28, 29, 30 — Landmark Center, Henning, Minnesota  Pie classes, book talk, plus Pie & Ice Cream Social as a fundraiser and community-building event in this NW Minnesota town.

July 2 & 3 Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, South Minneapolis, Minnesota  “Peace of Pie” events in collaboration with photographer/author John Noltner of A Peace of my Mind. Pie class on July 2, then on July 3, a joint talk during the Motivational Service followed by coffee & pie reception, and an afternoon pie/writing workshop. Open to the public. Pie class space is limited so call for reservations. 612-922-4272

August 27 — Pop-Up Pie Stand at Sip Coffee and Wine Bistro, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 12 to 5pm

October 22 — Soup & Pie Supper with Barbara Massaad, Donnellson, Iowa  Beirut, Lebanon-based photographer and author Barbara Massaad, the author of Soup for Syria, will be in Southeast Iowa. Beth and Barbara team up for a a Soup and Pie Supper in conjunction with the Music Under the Water Tower concert in Donnellson.

ALSO look for Beth on CW Iowa Live doing monthly pie segments on the morning show. It’s live TV so you never know what might happen! Here’s what happened last time.

Past Events 2015

From June to September 2015, Beth traveled around the world in one consecutive go, teaching pie classes in 9 countries, as well as learning about other cultures’ types of pies as a way of promoting peace. She is currently working on a memoir titled “World Piece” about her journey. For more about the trip, see her blog posts on the subject.

Past Events 2014

February 22 – 10AM to 12 Noon — Pasadena Public Library, “Love Our Authors Celebration”

April 11 – 6:30 to 7:30PM – Omnivore Books, San Francisco

April 16 – 7PM — Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Arizona

April 18 – 7PM — Bookworks, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Book talk, signing and free pie.

April 21 – 6 PM – Barnes & Noble, Arboretum location, Austin, Texas. Book talk, signing and free pie.

April 26 – 6PM – Kitchenwares on the Square, McKinney, Texas. Pie demo and book signing.

April 28 – 6PM – Louisburg Library, Louisburg, Kansas. Book talk and pie demo.

May 10 – 2PM – Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, Iowa

June 10 – 7PM – Barnes & Noble, University location, Des Moines, Iowa. Pie demo, book signing and free pie.

August 12 – 7PM – Des Moines Public Library, speaking at AViD series

August 13 – 2PM – Iowa State Fair, Sponsoring a pie contest. To enter or attend, contact Beth for more info. To enter the contest, get your entry tag by JULY 1st from the Iowa State Fair organizers. CLICK HERE for more info.

Past Events 2013

March 6 — C.H. Booth Library, Newtown, Connecticut — Book event and free pie, 7 to 9PM, first floor meeting room

March 17 — Welcome Reception & Pie Auction, Eldon, Iowa — Fundraiser for Newtown, CT, 2 to 4pm, Free pie served

November 9  —  Casa Dumetz Winery, Los Alamos, California. Pie demo/book event with wine tasting. 4PM

December 5  — TEDxWomen, Des Moines, Iowa. Speaking and pie demo. Evening event  (View talk on YouTube.)

Past Events 2012

January 17 – 19 — American Booksellers Assoc. Winter Conference, New Orleans — Guest Author

March 13 — Ottumwa Women’s Club, Ottumwa, Iowa — Guest Speaker

March 27 — Barnes & Noble, West Des Moines, Iowa (University Ave.) — Author Reading & Signing, 7PM

March 31 — American Gothic House Center, Eldon, Iowa — Book Launch Party…with pie!  2PM

April 3 — Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, Iowa — Author Reading & Pie, 7PM

April 7 — Pacific Pie Company, Portland, OR — Pie demo & book signing, 12 to 2PM

April 7 — Bipartisan Cafe, Portland, OR — Reading & Pie with live music by local band Keep Your Fork There’s Pie, 8 to 10PM

April 9 — Broadway Books, Portland, OR — Author Q & A with Kim Carlson of, free pie served, 7PM

April 10 — Olympia Timberland Library, Olympia, WA — Author Reading & Book Signing, 12:30PM

April 11 — High 5 Pie, Seattle, WA — Book signing & Pie, 6PM

April 12 — University Book Store, Seattle, WA — Author Q & A with journalist Diane Mapes, & Pie, 7PM

April 16 — Mission Pie, San Francisco, CA — Author Reading & Pie, 7PM

April 19 — Diesel Bookstore, Malibu, CA — Author Reading & Pie, 7PM

April 21 — The Gourmandise School, Santa Monica, CA — Free Pie Lesson, 9AM

April 24 — Pacific Beach Farmer’s Market, San Diego, CA — Pie Demo, Pie Sales & Book Signing, 2 to 7PM

April 28 — National Pie Championships, Orlando, Florida — Speech/Pie Demo, 12PM —  Book Signing, 2PM

May 8 — BookPeople, Austin, TX — Author Reading & Pie, 7PM

May 10 — Pulpwood Queens Book Club, Jefferson, TX

June 5 — Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA — Author reading & Pie Demo, 7PM

June 19 — Next Chapter Book Store, Mequon, WI (near Milwaukee) — Author reading & Free Pie, 7PM

June 21 – 26 — American Library Association Conference, Anaheim, California — Panelist

July 10 — Grant Wood Studio, Cedar Rapids, IA — Speaking, 4PM

July 10 — Barnes & Noble, Cedar Rapids, IA — Book reading and signing, 7PM

July 12 — St. Ambrose University Library — Speaking, 2PM

July 12 — Barnes & Noble, Davenport, IA — Book reading and signing, 7PM

August 7 — At Home Store, Fairfield, Iowa — Pie demo. Call store for tickets

August 10 — Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA — Pie judging, pie demo and book signing

August 28 — City of Clive Library Book Club, Clive, IA

September 10 — Bettendorf Public Library, Bettendorf, IA — Pie Class, 1PM and Speaking, 7PM

October 28 — WOW! Wonder of Words Literary Festival, Des Moines, IA

November 8 — Go Red for Women Luncheon (Iowa Heart Association), Iowa City, IA

December 6 — Rochester Arts & Lectures, Rochester, NY