Somehow: Thoughts on Love
Date and Time:
Apr 23 2024 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Loyola Academy, McGrath Family Performing Arts Center
1100 Laramie Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091

Note: Event start time is Central Time (CT).


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Anne Lamott

New York Times bestselling author of 20 books

Heidi Stevens

Chicago-based writer and Director of External Affairs for the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health

Somehow: Thoughts on Love

Belonging | Community | Connection | Culture | Empathy | Family | Joy | Love | Memoir | Relationships | Storytelling | Transformation | Well Being

BONUS BOOK GIVEAWAY of Somehow: Thoughts on Love at the event, while supplies last. No registration required.

In Somehow: Thoughts on Love, beloved bestselling author Anne Lamott explores the transformative power that love has 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 in our very atmosphere” and lies at the heart of who we are. We are, Lamott says, creatures of love.

In each chapter of Somehow, Lamott refracts all the colors of the spectrum. 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.

Lamott is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers, including Dusk, Night, Dawn; Almost Everything; Hallelujah Anyway; Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels. She is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.

Lamott will be in conversation with Heidi Stevens, Director of External Affairs for the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, and creative director for Parent Nation, an initiative of the TMW Center. Prior to joining TMW, Stevens worked at the Chicago Tribune for 23 years, where she wrote a daily column called “Balancing Act.” She maintains a weekly nationally syndicated column. Stevens also serves as a FAN board member.

This event is suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded but not live streamed and will be available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel.