Insights presents Anne Lamott

Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m.


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, she 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. As 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.

Anne Lamott is the author of seven novels, bestselling books of nonfiction, and several collections of autobiographical essays on faith. Her new book is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope (October 16, 2018, Riverhead Books).

Tickets for general seating are free and can be reserved on beginning August 15th. Patron tickets are also available for $100 and include a book and reserved seating at the front of the Cathedral.

The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Any unclaimed general admission tickets will be released to the waitlist at 6:15 p.m. A reception and book-signing will follow in Morrison Hall.

Childcare will be available from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Anne’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from the Cindy Bost Wellness Trust.