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April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

An Evening with Anne Lamott & Laurie Hafner | SOMEHOW: THOUGHTS ON LOVE


April 20
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Blvd.
Coral Gables, 33134 United States
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The Books & Books Literary Foundation presents

An In-Person Evening with Anne Lamott & Laurie Hafner

 (Riverhead Books, $22)

Saturday, April 20th,  5 PM

Address: Coral Gables Congregational Church: 3010 De Soto BLVD.


We’re so excited to announce that bestselling author Anne Lamott will be in town on April 20th to talk about her highly anticipated twentieth book. Somehow: Thoughts on Love explores the transformative power of love in our lives: how it surprises us, forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, reminds us of our humanity, and guides us forward.

Coral Gables Congregational UCC’s very own, Pastor Laurie Hafner, will be in conversation.

Please note: This event is at at Coral Gables Congregational Church located at 3010 De Soto BLVD. (across from the Biltmore Hotel).

TICKETS REQUIRED: All tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION and are purchased through Eventbrite. Each ticket admits one (1) guest into the venue and includes one (1) copy of Somehow: Thoughts on Love ($22 + tax). 

About the Book:

“Anne Lamott is my Oprah.” —Chicago Tribune

From the bestselling author of Dusk, Night, Dawn and Help, Thanks, Wow, a joyful celebration of love

Love is often hard, ignored, or hilarious, Anne Lamott writes in Somehow: Thoughts on Love. It is not always the easiest choice, she tells us, but it is always the right one.

In her twentieth book, Lamott explores the transformative power of love in our lives: how it surprises us, forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, reminds us of our humanity, and guides us forward. “Love just won’t be pinned down,” she says. It is “our very atmosphere” and lies at the heart of who we are — creatures of love. She explores the unexpected love for a partner later in life. The bruised (and bruising) love for a child who disappoints, even frightens. The sustaining love among a group of sinners, for a community in transition, in the wider world. The lessons she underscores are that love enlightens as it educates, comforts as it energizes, sustains as it surprises.

In Somehow, Lamott draws from her own experience to delineate the intimate and elemental ways love buttresses us in the face of despair as it galvanizes us to believe that tomorrow will be better than today. Full of the compassion and humanity that have made her beloved by millions of readers, Somehow is classic Anne Lamott: funny, warm, and wise.

About the Author:

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Hallelujah AnywayHelp, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; and Operating Instructions. She is also the author of seven 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.

About the Moderator:

Pastor Laurie Hafner is the Senior Pastor of Coral Gables Congregational UCC. She is presently a board member of the Collective Empowerment Group of South Florida, an organization dedicated to building communities and developing assets in Miami-Dade County; has served as chair and co-chair of the Miami Coalition for Christians and Jews Clergy Dialogue, the oldest interfaith dialogue in the country; is a vice-president of P.A.C.T. (People Acting for Community Together), which seeks to promote fairness, justice and democracy in Miami-Dade County; and is probably best known as the pastor who goes up into the Church Tower each year and stays there until at least five tons of food is collected. Over the past years she has raised more than 70 tons of food for Feeding South Florida.