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Anne Lamott, photo credit: Sam Lamott
- In this candid, insightful and hilarious program and Q&A, bestselling author Anne Lamott shares her “Notes on Hope” and will help us rediscover the nuggets of hope that are buried within.
- Lamott is the author the author of seven novels, 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;Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son; and the classic book on writing Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
- A Guggenheim Fellowship honoree, Lamott has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
- Tuesday, Jan. 14 / 5 p.m. Pacific / Virtual
- Ticket holders will be able to replay this event for 48 hours
- $10 General Public and FREE for UCSB Students (registration required)
- Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu
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“Anne Lamott is our wickedly funny, self-deprecating, insightful guardian angel, and she’s given us the gift of hope.”
Pasadena Star News
“Reading Lamott is like having a chat with one of the angels, a smarter, wittier one.”
The Denver Post
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents treasured author Anne Lamott on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. Pacific. Her bestselling books are infused with her humorous and straightforward observations, her faith and bits of wisdom. In her newest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, Lamott reminds us that even when we are, as she puts it, “doomed, stunned, exhausted and over-caffeinated,” the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. In this candid, caring, insightful and hilarious House Calls program and Q&A, she will help us rediscover the nuggets of hope that are buried within, as only Anne Lamott can.
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 wrote her first novel for her father, the writer Kenneth Lamott, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. She has said that the book was “a present to someone I loved who was going to die.” In all her novels, Anne Lamott writes about loss – loss of loved ones and loss of personal control. 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.” Anne Lamott does communicate her faith; in her books and in person, she lifts, comforts and inspires, all the while keeping us laughing.
Lamott is the author of seven novels, 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; Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son; and the classic book on writing Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. She has also authored several 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 addition, she has written Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers; Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair; Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace; Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy; and her most recent book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Her next book will be Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage (March 9, 2021, Riverhead).
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). Lamott has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
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