An Eloquent Voice

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Anna Quindlen will address the College at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19, as the 2002 Cohen Arts and Lectures speaker. She will discuss “Choices and Changes in the 21st Century” in Johnston Hall.

Quindlen entered the field of journalism at 18 as a “copy kid” and joined the New York Times in 1977 as a general assignment reporter. She wrote the “About New York” column from 1981 to 1983, when she was named deputy metropolitan editor, and created “Life in the 30’s” in 1985. In 1990, she became the third woman in the newspaper’s history to write a regular column for its influential Op-Ed page when she began a series of thoughtful personal essays called “Public and Private.” These won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and a collection of the columns, Thinking Out Loud, was published by Random House in 1993.

In 1995, Quindlen left daily journalism to write fiction. She has written three well-received novels: Object Lessons (1991), One True Thing (1994), and Black and Blue (1998). Her fourth, Blessings, was released this fall.

She continues to be an essayist with collections such as Living Out Loud (1988) and How Reading Changed My Life. The latter came out in 1998, at the same time as the film version of One True Thing, with Meryl Streep. Black and Blue was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club and became a television movie with Mary Stuart Masterson.
Quindlen resumed the role of columnist in 1999, this time at Newsweek, where she alternates with George Will in writing the “Last Word” essay on the back page.

Moravian gave Anna Quindlen an honorary doctorate in literature in 1996. She is a graduate of Barnard College and a member of its board of trustees. In 1996, she was elected a fellow of the Academy of Arts & Sciences.

She is married to Gerald Krovatin, an attorney, and is the mother of Quindlen, Christopher, and Maria.

November 12, 2002

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