It has often been declared that only the truth is funny. That may explain why New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott leaves us in stitches at every talk she does and with every book she writes. With her straightforward style, she courageously explores the real life hopes and hurts most of us may prefer to leave hidden. Lamott’s willingness to expose challenges in a narrative voice Newsday calls “consistently lively and smart and funny” never fails to inspire. Her honesty about topics like alcoholism, motherhood, and Jesus is somehow both heartbreaking and refreshing.
As part of the Courage and Faith series at Christ Church Greenwich, Lamott will be speaking on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 pm. The talk, focusing on her latest book Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (November 2012) will include audience Q&A and a book signing to follow in the newly renovated Christ Church Bookstore and Espresso Bar on the lower level of their sprawling central
Lamott is the author of seven novels, as well as five bestselling non-fiction books including, Operating Instructions, an account of life as a single mother during her son’s first year, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, a guide to writing and the challenges of a writer’s life, and Traveling Mercies, a collection of autobiographical essays on faith. The New York Times says, "Lamott is a narrator who has relished and soaked up the details of her existence, equally of mirth and devastation, and spilled them onto her pages.”
Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country. Her biweekly Salon Magazine online diary, Word by Word, was voted The Best of the Web by TIME magazine. Filmmaker and Academy Award Winner Freida Mock made a documentary on Lamott called Bird by Bird with Annie (1999.)
Tickets for the March 2nd talk are $20, and available online only, all general seating. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. There will be no advance seat reservations available. After the talk and audience Q&A in the main church sanctuary, Lamott will be signing books in the bookstore, which is toward the back of the main parking lot.
The Courage and Faith series has previously featured speakers such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Maya Angelou, and N.T. Wright. Christ Church Greenwich is at 254 E. Putnam Ave. For tickets go to courageandfaith.org. For questions contact Christ Church Greenwich at (203) 869-6600.