Quindlen, one of America's finest contemporary writers of fiction
and non-fiction, will visit Elon University for two speaking engagements
Sept. 27. First, she will be the special guest at a question-and-answer
session with faculty and students at 2:30 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium.
This event is being hosted by the School of Communications. She
will also deliver the Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture at the Fall Convocation
at 6 p.m. in Alumni Gym.
New York Times column "Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize
in 1992. She began her career in journalism as a reporter with the
New York Post. She joined the New York Times in 1977 and, during
her 18-year tenure, held several posts, including general-assignment
and city hall reporter, "About New York" columnist, deputy
metropolitan editor and creator of the weekly column "Life
in the 30s."
In 1995 she
left the Times and journalism to pursue a career as a full-time
novelist. Quindlen also currently writes the Newsweek back-page
column "The Last Word," a duty she alternates with George
past 30 years, her work has appeared in America's most influential
newspapers and most widely read magazines and on both fiction and
nonfiction bestseller lists. Her national best-seller, "A Short
Guide to a Happy Life," has sold more than one million copies.
Her first novel, the critically-acclaimed "Object Lessons,"
was followed by the best-selling "One True Thing," which
was made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Rene
Zellweger. "Black and Blue," her third novel, was a best-seller
and a selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. Both
"Black and Blue" and Quindlen's latest New York Times
best-seller "Blessings" were made into television movies.
1981-1994 stint as a columnist for The New York Times, Quindlen
became only the third woman in the paper's history to write a regular
column for its influential Op-Ed page when she began the nationally-syndicated
"Public and Private." A collection of those columns, "Thinking
Out Loud," was also a national best-seller.
the author of the children's books, "The Tree That Came to
Stay" and "Happily Ever After"; the coffee table
pictorials "Naked Babies" and "Siblings"; and
"How Reading Changed My Life." Her book "Imagine
London" takes readers on a tour of her favorite English literary
places and characters. The recent book "Loud & Clear"
(April 2004) is a collection of her Newsweek and New York Times
columns. In them, she combines commentary on American society and
the world at large with reflections on being a woman, a writer and
the Q-A with Quindlen is free. Tickets for Quindlen's Fall Convocation
speech are on sale at the McCrary Theatre box office and are $12
each for the general public and free for those with valid Elon identification.
The box office is open 12:30-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.