Anne Lamott has chronicled, laughed at, and succumbed to boomer/outsider angst for the last couple of decades. Through her best-selling nonfiction memoirs (Grace, Eventually; Plan B; Operating Instructions) we feel that we know her: outspoken and frank, a possessor of a wicked wit and hidden backbone, a woman tested by all kinds of travails, from funny to deadly serious. With her blondy-gray dreadlocks telegraphing unconventionality from her book covers, her unapologetic single-mother/upstart-Christian persona seems all of a piece. She also writes books for writers (Bird by Bird), as well as fiction.
Get a taste of Lamottt’s down-to-earth humor and gently twisted take on life at Caltech on Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. She will be talking about her latest novel, Imperfect Birds, exploring the unraveling of the double life of a seemingly perfect 17-year-old girl. Books will be for sale, and there’s a signing after she speaks (the event is a collaboration with Vroman’s).
The event is free, but if you want to be sure of a seat, you should preorder the book from Vroman’s (or stop by to buy it when it arrives on April 6th). With your pre-order or purchase you’ll receive two tickets to the event. And you’ll need to arrive no later than 6:30 to make sure you get your preferred seating. Tickets will also be given to “certain members” of the Caltech community, so be nice to your Caltech friends!
Anne Lamott: Imperfect Birds
Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 322 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena
vromansbookstore.com, 626.449.5320 (to order books)