Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird, equal parts kick in the ass and comfort for the self-doubter, should be required reading for any would-be writer--and in fact is required in many a creative writing class curriculum. Her Operating Instructions, offering reassurance and brutal honesty about the unpleasant side of a baby, likewise should be required reading for any would-be parent. And from the summary, at least, her latest novel, Imperfect Birds, about parents realizing their seemingly perfect teenage girl isn't quite as well adjusted as she seems, sounds like the ideal assignment for those who've passed Parenting 101: Infancy and Toddlerhood, Parenting 102: The Tween Years and are now immersed in rigorous Parenting 201: Keeping A Teenager Alive coursework. At 7 p.m. Friday, Lamott will sign copies at Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, to promote the book. Call 214-739-1124.
Fri., April 8, 7 p.m., 2011