Literati: Anne Lamott

Literati Bookstore Presents An evening with Anne Lamott
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Both the 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. readings are now  SOLD OUT

Literati Bookstore is our neighborhood independent bookstore located just three blocks west of FUMC on Washington Street.


We are very pleased to partner with Literati Bookstore to bring Anne Lamott to our sanctuary for a reading and talk, just a few short days after the release of her latest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

About Almost Everything: From the bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway, Bird by Bird, and Help, Thanks, Wow, comes a new book about the place hope holds in our lives. “I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen,” Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything. Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest – when we are, as she puts it, “doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated”– the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. “All truth is paradox,” Lamott writes, “and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change.” That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but “to do what Wendell Berry wrote: ‘Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.’” In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life’s essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward. Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, Almost Everything is the book we need and that only Anne Lamott can write.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Hallelujah AnywaySmall VictoriesStitchesHelp, Thanks, WowSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BBird by Bird; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

This is a ticketed event: Each general admission ticket ($21.20 +$2.05 processing fee) includes one hardbound copy of Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, to be picked up at First United Methodist Church the evening of the event. Literati Bookstore will have additional copies of Anne’s titles available for sale. All tickets are purchased through Literati Bookstore (tickets are not available at the church).