Portland is only a mere half hour away from Newberg, but I rarely take advantage of what the city offers. So I didn’t know until my friend Deborah texted me that my good friend and author Anne Lamott was coming to the Bagdad Theater to read from her newest book, Some Assembly Required. Would I be interested in going with her?
You’d think I’d be all over that idea. But it took me a few minutes to decide because Anne and I have been on the outs lately. It’s been 12 years since I wrote her this letter:
You noticed she wrote right back!
I haven’t been all that crazy about what she’s published since then. But I quickly rallied, especially when the book she’d be reading from was like a sequel to my very most favorite Operating Instructions. And we would get a copy as part of the admission.
When we got inside, the place was already packed out and we didn’t get to sit together. I admit that was a disappointment, because I’m kind of a dud without someone buoyant like Deborah to keep things interesting.
Anne read very little of the book but spent most of our hour together answering written questions and just talking.
Waiting for Deborah in the lobby put me in the right place at the right time to snap a picture (people who blog have to be bold sometimes) and have her autograph my first-edition copy of Traveling Mercies. It’ll be worth a lot of money some day! The book, that is.
Before the reading, Deborah and I enjoyed dinner together at a little French restaurant. I shouldn’t admit this, but we both splurged on dessert.
Here’s mine. Maybe I splurged a tad bit more than she did.