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Ann Lamott to Speak
April 6 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: March 12, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- Best-selling author Anne Lamott will present a lecture titled "Word by Word: Some Thoughts on Writing and Life" on Monday, April 6, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Forum program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
Born in San Francisco in 1954, Anne Lamott always knew that she wanted to be a writer. But it was not until she learned that her father, also a writer, had brain cancer that she wrote her first novel, "Hard Laughter" (1980). It was, she says, "a present to someone I loved who was going to die." She completed the book before his death, and has written four more novels -- most recently "Crooked Little Heart" (1997) -- that have been praised for their combination of humor and warmth.
Her first nonfiction book, "Operating Instructions" (1993), was a highly personal account of life as a single mother during her son's first year. Her spiritual reflections continued in "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" (1994), a highly popular step-by-step guide on how to write and manage the writer's life.
Lamott's on-line diary appears Thursdays in Salon, the cultural webzine (http://www.salon1999.com).
Lamott has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and has taught writing at the University of California-Davis and at writing conferences throughout the United States.
Selected titles by Anne Lamott, some of them difficult to find, are on sale in the University Bookstore in Davies Center.
Tickets are $7 for the public; $5 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $3 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
The Forum is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 12, 1998