"This is a hard planet and we're a vulnerable species. And all I can do is pray: Help," writes Anne Lamott in her new Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (Riverhead). Those three prayersasking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what one has that is good, and awe at the world around uswill be familiar but no less inspiring to all who appreciate the grace, wisdom, and compassion of this writer's work. She'll be making some brief remarks (not a full-fledged program) and signing books this afternoon at the bookstore. Anne Lamott is the author of many books, including Bird By Bird, Operating Instructions, Traveling Mercies, and, most recently, Some Assembly Required. "Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. Her real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not the perfect moments but imperfect ones ... perfectly." - The New Yorker. Anne Lamott will also appear on November 13 at 7 p.m. at Queen Anne Methodist Church (www.qaumc.org) with tickets ($25) via www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.