Quindlen headlines Q-A,
Baird Pulitzer Lecture


Anna 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.

Quindlen's 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 F. Will.

During the 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.

During her 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.

Quindlen is 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 a mother.

Admission to 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.



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