Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott
Born (1954-04-10) April 10, 1954 (age 64)
San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Novelist, non-fiction writer, essayist, memoirist
Nationality American
Genre Drama, humor, literary fiction, Reviews

Anne Lamott (born April 10, 1954) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer.

She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical. Marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness, Lamott's writings cover such subjects as alcoholism, single-motherhood, depression, and Christianity.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Lamott was born in San Francisco, and is a graduate of Drew School. She was a student at Goucher College for two years where she wrote for the newspaper.[2] Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer. Her first published novel Hard Laughter was written for him after his diagnosis of brain cancer. She has one son, Sam, who was born in August 1989 and a grandson, Jax, born in July 2009.[3]

Lamott's life was documented in Freida Lee Mock's 1999 documentary Bird by Bird with Annie: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott.[4] Because of the documentary and her following on Facebook and other online networks, she is often called the "People's Author".[5]

Lamott has described why she writes:

I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness—and that can make me laugh. When I am reading a book like this, I feel rich and profoundly relieved to be in the presence of someone who will share the truth with me, and throw the lights on a little, and I try to write these kinds of books. Books, for me, are medicine.[6]

Lamott is cited as a writer who captures well the style of narrative nonfiction called "particularism", coined by Howard Freeman.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

Lamott was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985.[8] She was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2010.[9]





  1. ^ Lamott, Anne. "My son, the stranger". Salon. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ Flanagan, Mark. "Anne Lamott". About Entertainment. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Hetter, Katia (6 April 2012). "Anne Lamott's directions for grandparents: 'Some Assembly Required'". CNN. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Freida Lee Mock (Director) (1999-08-01). Bird by Bird with Annie (Documentary). Vanguard International Cinema. 
  5. ^ Smiley, Tavis (14 April 2010). "Interview with Anne Lamott". PBS. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Quote of the Day". Religion Blog. Dallas Morning News. 2008-02-10. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Rice, Priscilla. New York Times Bestseller Anne Lamott and Son Sam Record New Novel at Live Oak Studio in Berkeley. PR News. January 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Anne Lamott - Fellow - 1985 - Fiction". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  9. ^ Tagg, Mariel. "2010 CA Hall of Fame, red carpet induction ceremony". Sacramento Press. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bochynski, Pegge. (2010) "Anne Lamott" in American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, Supplement XX, Mary Antin to Phillis Wheatley. Ed. Jay Parini. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons p131-146.
  • Bouris, Karen (Jan–Feb 2013). "Anne Lamott : life as a black-belt codependent". Interview. Spirituality & Health. 15 (6): 48–53. 
  • Vandenburgh, Jane. (2010) Architecture of the Novel: A Writer's Handbook. Anne Lamott (Foreword). Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint ISBN 1582435979

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