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An evening of conversation about feminism, identity and the creative spirit with Pulitzer Prize winners Susan Faludi and Anna Quindlen.
Anna Quindlen, the matron saint of a generation of women writers, is the beloved author of over twenty books, including eleven works of nonfiction, eight novels and two works for children. Her most recent novel, Miller’s Valley, was published in 2016. Susan Faludi, perhaps best known for her seminal work, Backlash, is the author of the new memoir, In the Darkroom, about her transgender father and the malleability and mystery of identity. This opening event in the “Imagining Men & Women” series, hosted by author Jennifer Finney Boylan, will include readings, a book signing and a lively discussion.
Anna Quindlen and Susan Faludi will sign copies of their books, Miller’s Valley and In the Dark Room, following the event.
This event is endowed in memory of Edith R. and James W. Fishel by the Fishel family.
Bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and social critic Anna Quindlen balances the political with the personal, painting a more realistic picture of modern life by placing national affairs side by side with people’s daily lives. Millions of readers have followed her astute perspectives on today’s issues, from family, work, and education to health care, philanthropy and social justice.
Twelve of Quindlen’s books, including seven of her novels, have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. One True Thing became a feature film starring Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep, and Black and Blue was made into TV movies. Her book, A Short Guide to A Happy Life, sold well over one million copies.
Her latest New York Times bestseller, Miller’s Valley, debuted at #6. “[Miller’s Valley] is overwhelmingly moving,” said The New York Times. “Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it’s impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor, or share every tragedy that befalls them.”
Quindlen’s memoir on aging, Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake, debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Her follow-up NYT bestseller, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, debuted at #3.
One of the top “100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States of the Last 100 Years,” Quindlen began her career at age 18 as a copy girl. She spent three years as a reporter for The New York Post before moving to The New York Times in 1977. Working her way up The Times’ masthead, Quindlen wrote the “About New York” column, served as deputy metropolitan editor, and created the weekly “Life in the 30’s” column.
In 1990, Quindlen became the third woman in The New York Times’ history to write for its influential Op-Ed page. Her nationally syndicated column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992, and then, Quindlen wrote the “Last Word” column for Newsweek for 10 years.
Quindlen serves on the Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and is an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow. The Child Welfare League of America established "The Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families.” She holds honorary degrees from more than 20 colleges and universities.
Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. In her most recent book, The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America, she examines the post-9/11 outpouring in the media, popular culture, and political life.
Faludi's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Nation, among other publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of thirteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. She also serves as the national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide.
She has been a contributor to the op/ed page of The New York Times since 2007; in 2013 she became Contributing Opinion Writer for the page. Jenny also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Jenny also serves as Special Advisor to the President of Colby College in Maine.
She is a consultant and cast member for I Am Cait, the docu-series about Caitlyn Jenner that debuted on the E! network in July of 2015; and also served as a consultant to the Amazon series Transparent.
Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders (Broadway/Doubleday/Random House) was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights. Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions; Live with Larry King twice; the Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation; she has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel.
She lives in New York City, and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie, and her two sons, Zach and Sean.
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