Author and political activist Anne Lamott will address the Class of 2010 at Sonoma State University's Commencement Ceremonies on Sat., May 29.
Lamott's honest yet humorous writing has earned her the title of "the People's Author," and has attributed to her success among her readers. Thought provoking and real, Lamott offers life experiences and honesty, discussing real life topics.
In novels covering such difficult subjects as alcoholism, motherhood, religion, politics and so much more, Lamott expresses the cold hard truths of life. There is no sugar-coating to be worn down in her writing as transparency is among her top priorities. Relying solely on honesty, compassion and pureness of voice, Lamott addresses fear, frustration and disappointment head on.
Each of Lamott's novels address the issue of loss, be it loss of loved ones, or loss of personal control. She began writing when her father, the writer Kenneth Lamott, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her first novel, titled "Hard Laughter," she wrote for him.
Since "Hard laughter," Lamott has become the best-selling author of six novels including "Rosie," "Joe Jones," "All New People" and "Crooked Little Heart," in addition to four books of non-fiction including "Operating Instructions," "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life," and more. Lamott's latest novel, "Imperfect Birds," was published this spring. Her column at Salon Magazine was voted "The Best of the Web" by TIME magazine.
In addition to her many accomplishments, Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught at UC Davis as well as numerous writing conferences across the country. The New Yorker describes Lamott's online-diary as "refreshingly non-cyber," saying she can "make you laugh and cry in the space of a few paragraphs."