Archived Event

View the photo album from this event here and a short video interview with three of Lamott’s Knoxville fans here.

Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, and First Presbyterian Church are hosting an evening with bestselling author Anne Lamott on Sunday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, in downtown Knoxville.

Lamott, who is known for her ability to address issues of faith, family, and community with wit, wisdom, and a touch of irreverence, is the author of several bestsellers, including Small Victories, Stitches, and Help, Thanks, Wow.

In Hallelujah Anyway, Lamott suggests that we can begin to find meaning in our lives by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” Recognizing the presence and importance of mercy there and everywhere else can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and to more honest connections with each other. “Mercy is radical kindness,” she says, and “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”

Critical Acclaim for Anne Lamott

Lamott is one in a million …. Hers is an inimitable mix of irreverence and deep-down holy wisdom.” — Chicago Tribune

“Anne Lamott has married a razor-sharp wit to a disarming spiritual sincerity. A ferociously smart, droll, and original writer.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Her words heal us all.” — Associated Press

“Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. [Her] real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not perfect moments, but imperfect ones … perfectly.

“She is nothing short of miraculous.” — The New Yorker

Conversations and Reviews

Anne Lamott Talks to Gloria Steinem About Writing, Kindness, and Making Sense of the Universe (Cosmopolitan, April 3, 2017)

Anne Lamott Talks With Gretchen Rubin About Hallelujah Anyway (Facebook Live, April 3, 2017; Facebook account required for viewing)

Anne Lamott Gives Us Hope with “Hallelujah Anyway” (The Huffington Post, April 4, 2017)

The Greatest Miracle (Chapter 16, April 6, 2017)

Anne Lamott in the Knoxville Mercury (April 6, 2017)

Hallelujah Anyway: Anne Lamott on Reclaiming Mercy and Forgiveness as the Root of Self-Respect in a Vengeful World (Brain Pickings)

This little gem of a book reminds us how to rise above and grow during difficult times (Washington Independent Review of Books)

Three Knoxville moms talk about Anne Lamott after hearing her speak:


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Anne Lamott’s photo by Sam Lamott.