NWAA, KNKX 88.5fm & The Stranger present
An Evening with Anne Lamott
April 7, 2019 · 7:30pm
Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
“Every writer, truth-seeker, parent, and activist I know is in love with one or more books by Anne Lamott.”
— Gloria Steinem
“Anne Lamott is practically a household word in the peeling-back-the-soul department. She’s utterly disarming. She’s hysterically funny. One minute, you’re falling off your chair laughing, and the next, you’re gasping for air, because Lamott has just unfurled a sentence that cuts straight to the heart of what you really needed to know.”
— Chicago Tribune
Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus. But armed with self-effacing humor – she is laugh-out-loud funny – and ruthless honesty, Lamott converts her subjects into enchantment. Actually, she writes about what most of us don’t like to think about. She doesn’t try to sugar-coat the sadness, frustration and disappointment, but tells her stories with honesty, compassion and a pureness of voice. She says, “I have a lot of hope and a lot of faith and I struggle to communicate that.”
In 2016, Hillary Clinton invited Anne to host her sold-out appearance in Seattle, an honor about which Anne later remarked “All of us nasty women were enthralled.”
Now Seattle audiences once again have the opportunity to spend an evening with this inspiring woman, as she celebrates the publication of her newest New York Times bestselling book Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.
Anne Lamott does communicate her faith; she lifts, comforts, and inspires, all the while keeping us laughing.
About the artist:
Anne Lamott is the author of seven novels including, Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, Blue Shoe, All New People, Crooked Little Heart, and Imperfect Birds. She has also written several bestselling books of nonfiction, including, Operating Instructions, an account of life as a single mother during her son’s first year followed by Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son, and a writing guide; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. She has also authored three collections of autobiographical essays on faith; Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, and Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. In her latest book of non-fiction, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Ms. Lamott gives us three prayers to assist us in trying times. Her most recent book is entitled Stitches; A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, an honest, funny book about how to make sense of life’s chaos (Oct 2013). In 2014 she wrote a book of essays called Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. In 2017, she penned the bestseller, Hallelujah Anyway; Rediscovering Mercy. Her newest bestseller, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, was published in Fall 2018.
Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country. Academy Award – winning filmmaker Freida Mock has made a documentary on Lamott, entitled “Bird by Bird with Annie” (1999). Anne Lamott has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.