Anne Lamott in San Francisco – 5/20/2019


Anne Lamott

Reading from her new book Almost Everything & in conversation with Reverend John Dear


Monday, May 20, 2019, 7:00 pm
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St.
San Francisco


• General admission: 7:00pm-9:00pm $25.
• Pre-event reception with Anne Lamott and John Dear: 5:00pm-6:30pm: $75. Space is limited
• Co-sponsored by Grace Cathedral • All proceeds benefit PACE e BENE Nonviolence Service
Visit to purchase tickets.

I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites
on the windowsill in the kitchen

Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything. Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest–when we are, as she puts it, “doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated”–the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. “All truth is paradox,” Lamott writes, “and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change.” That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but “to do what Wendell Berry wrote: ‘Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'”

In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life’s essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward. Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, Almost Everything is the book we need and that only Anne Lamott can write. Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; Bird by
Bird; Operating Instructions,
and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, priest, teacher of nonviolence, coordinator of Campaign Nonviolence, and author of many books including The Nonviolent Life; The Beatitudes of Peace; Living Peace; They Will Inherit the Earth; The Questions of Jesus; Transfiguration; and The God of Peace. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Pre-event reception with Anne Lamott and John Dear:
5:00pm-6:30pm – $75 Space is limited
Join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service to meet Anne and John, as well as Ryan Hall, our executive director, Dr. Ken Butigan and Fr. Louie Vitale our founder. The reception will include snacks and soft drinks. This ticket is good for general admission as well. The reception will be held at Grace Cathedral in the office building. (Go up the steps to the front door of the cathedral, turn right, walk past the fountain to the front door of the office and present your ticket there.)

All proceeds go to Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and their project Campaign Nonviolence whose mission is to foster justice, peace and the well-being of all through education, resources, and action for nonviolent change. Visit
Co-Sponsors: Grace Cathedral

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