February 20, 2017
From bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches comes a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it and how we can embrace it. “Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes in her latest book, Hallelujah Anyway. Experience an uplifting ‘Evening with Anne Lamott,’ 7:30 to 9 pm, Wednesday, April 26, at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue at Seneca. A limited number tickets still are available; click here.
Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus. Armed with self-effacing humor – she is laugh-out-loud funny – and ruthless honesty, Lamott converts her subjects into enchantment. She writes about what most of us don’t like to think about. She wrote her first novel for her father, writer Kenneth Lamott, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. She said the book was “a present to someone I loved who was going to die.” Lamott writes about loss – loss of loved ones and loss of personal control. She doesn’t try to sugar-coat sadness, frustration and disappointment; she 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, while keeping us laughing.
Anne Lamott authored 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. Stitches; A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, offers 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. Her latest book and focus of upcoming event “An Evening with Ann Lamott” is titled Hallelujah Anyway; Rediscovering Mercy (April 2017).
In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere — “within us and outside us, all around us”— and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be challenging, Lamott asserts that it’s crucial, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”
Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality.
Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and taught at UC Davis and at writing conferences across the country. Academy Award – winning filmmaker Freida Mock created a documentary on Lamott, entitled “Bird by Bird with Annie” (1999). Anne Lamott has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.Subscribe