San Francisco author Anne Lamott has covered a gamut of subjects in her writing—alcoholism, single motherhood, Christianity—each with pitch-perfect transparency and irreverence. And her 1995 book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, has long been a go-to gift for aspiring writers.
Last year's Imperfect Birds dealt with a rebellious teenager daughter, the anxieties of parenthood, and consequences of deception. Says the New York Times Book Review of the novel, "Lamott’s observations are brutally unsentimental, not just about parental hopes and anxieties but about the particular and touching fragility of simply being a teenager…Laughter redeems this book, and so does the fact that it’s ultimately not just a novel about deception and drugs but about the great big bloody battle of love and sorrow that is parenthood.”
Fans of Lamott and her work can hear her speak at a number of Bay Area events over the next week in conjunction with the release of Imperfect Birds in paperback by Riverhead Trade. See what she has to say at the events below:
Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco
Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Depot Bookstore & Café, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley
Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera