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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"
About the Author
Anne Lamott is the acclaimed writer of more than a dozen books of fiction, nonfiction, and collected essays. Her most recent book was Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. Known for her honest, humorous approach to subjects such as faith and loss, Anne has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, taught writing at UC Davis, and was the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary.
Susan Bennett is University Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the author of Theatre Audiences: A Theory of Production and Reception (1997, 2nd edition), Performing Nostalgia (1996), and Theatre & Museums (2013). Among her edited volumes are Shakespeare Beyond English (co-edited with Christie Carson, 2013) and Performing Environments: Site-Specificity on the Early Modern Stage (co-edited with Mary Polito, 2014). She was editor of Theatre Journal from 1997-2001 and has also edited or co-edited special issues of other theatre and performance journals.