An Evening with Bestselling American Novelist and Nonfiction Author Anne Lamott, in Conversation with Kassie Rose!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:00pm
Canzani Auditorium, Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215

Join bestselling American novelist and nonfiction author Anne Lamott as she shares her 20th book, Somehow: Thoughts on Love, a joyful celebration of love that she draws from her own life. Lamott will be in conversation with Kassie Rose, book critic for WOSU 89.7 FM, an NPR member station. 

Registration is on Eventbrite. Admission includes a copy of the novel, which Lamott will sign at the event. 
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COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN and WOSU PUBLIC MEDIA are Gramercy’s Community Partner for this exclusive program.

“Love is our only hope,” Anne Lamott writes in this perceptive new book. “It is not always the easiest choice, but it is always the right one, the noble path, the way home to safety, no matter how bleak the future looks.”

In Somehow: Thoughts on Love, Lamott explores the transformative power that love has in our lives: how it surprises us, forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, reminds us of our humanity, and guides us forward. “Love just won't be pinned down,” she says. “It is in our very atmosphere” and lies at the heart of who we are. We are, Lamott says, creatures of love.

In each chapter of Somehow, Lamott refracts all the colors of the spectrum. She explores the unexpected love for a partner later in life. The bruised (and bruising) love for a child who disappoints, even frightens. The sustaining love among a group of sinners, for a community in transition, in the wider world. The lessons she underscores are that love enlightens as it educates, comforts as it energizes, sustains as it surprises. 

Somehow is Anne Lamott’s twentieth book, and in it she draws from her own life and experience to delineate the intimate and elemental ways that love buttresses us in the face of despair as it galvanizes us to believe that tomorrow will be better than today. Full of the compassion and humanity that have made Lamott beloved by millions of readers, Somehow is classic Anne Lamott: funny, warm, and wise. 

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dusk, Night, Dawn; Almost Everything; Hallelujah Anyway; Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

Kassie Rose is the book critic for WOSU 89.7 FM, an NPR member station broadcasting throughout Central Ohio, a position she has held for more than 25 years. In addition to reviews, she recommends books on WOSU All Sides Weekend Books with host Christopher Purdy. She has served as a Literature Advisory Panelist for the Ohio Arts Council and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Grant. An avid reader and book collector, Kassie is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and The Aldus Society, which is a local chapter of the national Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies. She writes about books on her blog, TheLongestChapter.com.