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04/11/2013
Author Anne Lamott Speaks at Hudson Valley Community College Tomorrow

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 11, 2013

What: Renowned author Anne Lamott, whose latest work of non-fiction is “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers,” comes to the Hudson Valley Community College stage on Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. Lamott will talk about her work and life, with a question and answer session and book signing to follow. Her talk is open to the public, as well as the Hudson Valley campus community, at no charge.

Where: Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Hudson Valley Community College campus, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy.

When: 11 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2013

Who: This event is presented by the college’s Cultural Affairs Program in association with the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language. The Cultural Affairs Program at Hudson Valley Community College encompasses a wide range of diverse events, including Voices: A Library Lecture Series, concerts, theater presentations, dance performances, visual arts and exhibitions. Most cultural programs are open to the public and are free of charge.

Details: Whether in her novels or works of non-fiction, Anne Lamott uses humor to get her messages across about motherhood, death, loss, spirituality, struggles with alcoholism and other life-engaging subjects. It is said that “in her books and in person, she lifts, comforts and inspires, all the while keeping us laughing.”

In “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers,” she urges her readers to ask for assistance from a higher power, to appreciate what is given to us and to give thanks for what we have. Having found her own spirituality in mid-life, Lamott discusses how she came to this peaceful and satisfying outlook on life.

In 1994, she published “Operating Instructions,” a journal of the first year of her son’s life and her experiences as a single mother. In 2012, she published “Some Assembly Required,” a journal of the first year in the life of her son’s first son. Lamott’s other non-fiction work includes “Bird by Bird” and “Traveling Mercies.” Among her novels are “Hard Laughter,” “Rosie,” “Joe Jones” and “Blue Shoe.”