I went to Anne Lamott’s book signing at Barnes & Noble tonight and had so much fun. The bookstore was packed and people were even leaning over the second floor balcony just to listen to her. I found standing room only among the travel section. Seeing such a crowd gave me hope that literature isn’t dead in Dallas.
“I don’t know what to make of the concept of Dallas,” Anne started off saying and immediately got the evening off to a lot of laughter as she read from her latest novel, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, and answered questions from the crowd.
She said that through reading she found a refuge for her fears and how for her the act of reading, turning the book pages and hearing the slide of pages turning becomes a meditative experience. Words of a true bibliophile.
Someone ask her what some of her favorite books were and she named: Intuition by Allegra Goodman, The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin and the poetry of Sharon Olds and Mary Oliver. I’m adding these to my list of course.
Now I just want to grab all of her books and read them one after the other. To read more by Anne Lamott you can find a current article in Oprah’s magazine.