It takes just one read of Liars Club, Mary Karrs first memoir, to recognize that she does not harbor exactly fond memories of her Southeast Texas upbringing. But today, Karr comes to Houston on good terms as a rare talent who has created an incredibly successful literary career using the true stories of her own deeply troubled life. Liars Club detailed her tumultuous upbringing near Port Arthur, while her second book, Cherry, recounted her troubled adolescence. In her latest memoir, the widely acclaimed Lit, she tells of her descent into alcoholism and the conversion to Catholicism that, she says, saved her. Karr is now a sought-after speaker, known for being at once gut-wrenchingly honest and hilarious, fearlessly self-critical and insightful. 7 p.m. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive. For information, call 281-497-8675 or visit www.bluewillowbookshop.com. Free.
Thu., July 22, 2010