We knew she was coming, but we didn’t know the details.
Now we know the details.
Beloved writer Anne Lamott will speak at the Bing Crosby Theater on April 28 as part of the 20th edition of Get Lit, the region’s annual literary festival.
Lamott will headline a weeklong festival that includes visits from novelist Brit Bennett (“The Mothers”), poet Maggie Smith (“Good Bones”), young adult novelist Lilliam Rivera (“The Education of Margot Sánchez”), and chef/author Bryant Terry (“Afro Vegan”). A slew of regional and local authors have been added to the schedule as well.
In a news release, festival organizers detailed several new events in 2018. A “West Side Writers” session will include readings from Kevin Craft, Montreau Rotholtz and Donna Miscolta. A Comic Contest will include local artists and writers Tiffany Patterson, Chelsea Martin, Simeon Mills and Derrick Freeland. Songwriter Marshall McLean will hold an acoustic show in which he both sings and talks about his songwriting process.
Aspiring writers will be invited to bring their work to share in small groups lead by poet Hanif Abdurraqib, novelist Alexis M. Smith and journalist/essayist Leah Sottile. And a 20th anniversary celebration event will center on a reading of new 1990s themed works by Jess Walter, Nance Van Winckel, Juan Carlos Reyes, as well as Martin, Sottile and Abdurraqib.
And while events will be held in a variety of locations, such as Auntie’s Bookstore and the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library, a new festival hub will be set up at the Montvale Events Center. There, book nerds can wander through a mini vendor fair, participate in book signings, panel discussions, poetry slams and events for children.
But back to Lamott. The Bay Area author of more than 30 books has mined her personal life to great acclaim with titles such as “Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year” (1993) and “Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” (1994). Her novels include “Hard Laughter” (1980), “Crooked Little Heart” (1997) and “Imperfect Birds” (2010). Her lastest is “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy,” which finds Lamott exploring where to find meaning in life.
Tickets cost $32 plus fees for Lamott’s Get Lit appearance, and go on sale at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.
Get Lit, presented by Eastern Washington University, runs April 23-39. For more information, visit www.getlitfestival.org.