anne lamott


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:

Anne Lamott 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 hers.


Here’s mine. Maybe I splurged a tad bit more than she did.

This entry was posted in in the neighborhood, old friends. Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to anne lamott

  1. Howard Macy says:

    I love your post and would love to have heard Anne Lamott. She won me over instantly with *Traveling Mercies* and it’s only happenstance that I don’t have her latest yet. But I’m sure she would never write to me. What a great evening!

  2. Ridge says:

    I remember that original letter! I confess, I still have not read any of her stuff. I have read articles, excerpts, etc. and have found myself grumbling about her views, so there hasn’t been much incentive! That dessert, however, provides much incentive! 🙂

  3. Melanie Springer Mock says:

    Loved this, Sherry. And I’m jealous of you, even though I was there last night, too. You got a letter from Anne Lamott, and a picture, too. How cool is that?!

  4. Paula says:

    I think we were in book group together when you wrote that letter, and received Anne’s response. Fun times. Nice that you got a photo with her. Did you introduce yourself. You know, “Remember me. I’m THAT woman Sherry who wrote to you years ago? The only fan you ever wrote back to?”

  5. Jo Helsabeck says:

    Oh Sherry, you have done it again…made me smile all over and love, even more, remarkable, unique, humorous you!

  6. Pingback: anything but dull | a little bit of this and a little bit of that

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s