Instructor Biography: Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen is the author of nine novels, many works of non-fiction, and the former columnist at The New York Times and Newsweek. Among other things, she will discuss her most recent novel, Alternate Side, the ninth book of fiction in her highly successful career. This novel of “first-world problems” tells the story of the tensions of a tight-knit neighborhood on a rare dead-end block in New York City, from the perspective of Nora, an empty-nester in a seemingly happy marriage. Quindlen also wrote Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times, she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear. Born in Pennsylvania, she grew up in New Jersey, attended Barnard College, and now resides in Manhattan.