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Join Readers Around the Globe in Devouring “Art of the Pie”


No baking class needed, just a library card!

Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library invites our members to take part in the world's largest book club – the Big Library Read program – which connects millions of readers with the same eBook at the same time.

From Thursday through March 30, we will have unlimited digital copies of “Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life” – one of 2016’s best cookbooks from pie-guru Kate McDermott – available for checkout online by Clayton residents and library members. Big Library Read connects millions of readers around the world, and Clayton bookworms can visit to join discussions about the cookbook, find recipes and more.

Here in Clayton, we'll be hosting a local book club meeting 6–7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in the meeting room at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St. Feel free to bring your favorite homemade pie to share with the group!

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple,, NPR and more. In the “Art of the Pie” she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.

For two weeks, unlimited eBook copies of “Art of the Pie” will be available on all major computers and devices – including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Kindles and Chromebooks. The cookbook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Visit to learn more about the book, get recipes and watch videos of McDermott making pies and sharing her story.

“If you are a first-time pie maker, the words in the book are the very same ones I share in the pie making workshops and I hope they will give you the confidence to dip your hands into the baking bowl,” McDermott said. “A recipe is a starting place, so feel free to experiment with different seasonings and flavor combinations that please you. I hope you will enjoy the stories in Art of the Pie as well as the recipes. It was a labor of love to write it for you.”

Library readers voted “Art of the Pie” as their cookbook choice for Big Library Read. The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, OverDrive and Countryman Press, publisher of “Art of the Pie.”

To borrow the eBook, readers can visit For more information on Big Library Read, visit

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