I have friends at another bookstore that send out a separate email for each event. I can see this if you do one event a month, but I get more than one a week. I find it fascinating, but I'd fear that I'd get a lot of cancellations.
So you are wondering, do you have to have read Lamott's previous "Rosie" novels to enjoy Imperfect Birds? Absolutely not! I did read Rosie but it was so long ago that I don't remember it anyway. I assure you that it's a self-contained story, not at all like starting Lord of the Rings with The Return of the King.
There's no question that this is a novel that contemplates substance abuse and addiction, a subject that Lamott has tackled several times before, as it comes from her own life. Lamott's journey from alcoholism to sobriety has been touched on in several of her memoirs, and was mother Elizabeth's battle in earlier "Rosie" novels. If this subject is of interest to you, I would like to recommend, as an aside, two absolutely wonderful novels that tackle the subject--Michelle Huneven's Blame and Heidi W. Durrow's The Girl who Fell from the Sky.
So yes, Anne Lamott is a wonderful writer and the new novel is a good read that will make an excellent book club suggestion. But the real reason to come to Anne Lamott is...Lamott is a spectacular speaker! You will be kicking yourself after this one if you are on the fence and don't come. You'll be chatting with one of your friends and they will tell you what an amazing time they had...and you probably won't get a chance to see Lamott for another five years. Even when the publisher and author are fond of Milwaukee as a tour city, it usually rotates onto the schedule about every two to three tours.
Part 2: Daniel's Guide to a Great Anne Lamott Experience at Alverno College
2. You can approach Alverno from the east, taking the Holt exit from 43 and traveling west.
3. I think it is faster and easier for most people (unless you live in Bay View, like I do) to take the Miller Park Way exit from 94. This street turns into 43rd Street. You will pass the redeveloped strip centers of West Allis, then beautiful Jackson Park on your left. The campus starts just after Oklahoma Avenue.
6. Here's why you should buy your ticket now, instead of waiting until the last minute. Even if you buy your tickets that day, we'll have will-call at Wehr. But walk-up purchasers will have to go to the Pitman Box Office to buy tickets first, and then head over to Wehr. Ick!
7. There is a service charge of $5 per order. If you're going in a group, please buy your tickets together and save some dough!
8. You have two options--a paperback copy of Imperfect Birds (you get the picture--I'm going to stop obsessively linking), $10 off a different book on display, or a $10 gift card to use at Boswell on anything else you would like.
9. Caveat! Based on advance ticket purchase, we have brought in 200 copies of Imperfect Birds. If by some amazing marketing surge, we go well beyond an attendance that would cover book sales, the books are first come, first serve.
10. Want to read more about Anne Lamoot's Imperfect Birds? Here are reviews in The New York Times, the Seattle Times, and Time Magazine.
11. And here's an interview with Caroline Leavitt, a blogger, whose most recent novel, Pictures of You, was just released in paperback.
12. Hope to see you there! And if you have any questions, email me or call the store during our regular hours (see above) at (414) 332-1181.
So there you have it. Now what else can I do? And that's just one of six events we have coming up next week. Seven, if you include the Jewish Day School reading on Tuesday at the store.
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