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Author Anna Quindlen to present free lecture at Messiah College in honor of inauguration of President Kim S. Phipps
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Sept. 15, 2005) — Messiah College has invited Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and best-selling author Anna Quindlen to present a guest lecture in honor of the Inauguration of Kim S. Phipps, Ph.D., as the eighth president of Messiah College. Quindlen’s lecture will be held on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium in the Eisenhower Campus Center on the college’s Grantham campus. No tickets are required for this event, which is free and open to the public.
Quindlen will speak on the inaugural theme “Created and Called for Community,” which President Phipps selected to honor Messiah’s commitment to building and nurturing community, and to highlight the significance of the college’s new core course of the same title – a course that serves as a critical introduction for all first-year students to the college’s unique heritage, mission and identity. W ith Quindlen’s writings often addressing community – from families to society – the college considered the author an appropriate choice for a guest lecturer for this inaugural theme.
About Anna Quindlen
During the last 30 years, Anna Quindlen’s work has appeared in some of America’s most influential newspapers, many of its best-known magazines, and on both fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. She is a novelist and also writes the prestigious “Last Word” column in Newsweek magazine. Her latest novel, “Blessings,” is a New York Times bestseller and was recently made into a television movie starring Mary Tyler Moore. In her most recent book, “Being Perfect” (April 2005), Quindlen shares wisdom about “the perfection trap,” the price you pay when you become ensnared in it, and the key to setting yourself free.
A columnist at The New York Times from 1981 to 1994, in 1990 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 published by Random House in 1993 and was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than three months. In 1992 Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Quindlen joined The New York Times in 1977 as a general assignment reporter and was named the paper’s deputy metropolitan editor in 1983. She wrote the “About New York” column from 1981 to 1983 and created the column, “Life in the 30’s” in 1985.
In 1995 Quindlen left the world of newspapers, which she had joined as a copy girl at age 18, to become a full-time novelist. Quindlen has written four best-selling novels: “Object Lessons” (1991), “One True Thing” (1994), “Black and Blue” (1998) and “Blessings” (2002). “How Reading Changed My Life” was released in September 1998, the same year “One True Thing” premiered as a Universal feature film starring Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger. “Black and Blue,” which spent six months on The New York Times bestseller list, was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, and was made into a television movie. With the release of “A Short Guide to a Happy Life” in 2000, Quindlen became the first writer ever to have books appear on the fiction, nonfiction and self-help New York Times bestseller lists. The book sold close to a million copies.
Quindlen is the author of two collections of essays, “Living Out Loud” (1988) and “Loud and Clear” (2004), and two children’s books, “The Tree That Came to Stay” (1992) and “Happily Ever After” (1997). She also wrote the text for the coffee table pictorial “Naked Babies” (1996) and “Siblings” (1998).
Quindlen holds honorary doctorates from Dartmouth College, Denison University, Moravian College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Bates College, Southern Connecticut State University and was awarded the University Medal of Excellence by Columbia. She was a Poytner Fellow in Journalism at Yale and a Victoria Fellow in Contemporary Issues at Rutgers University. In 1996 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Arts & Sciences. Glamour magazine named her one of its “10 Outstanding Women of the Year” in 1991.
Quindlen is a graduate of Barnard College and was elected Chair of Barnard’s Board of Trustees in 2003. She also is on the Council of the Author’s Guild, the Board at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City and the Board of NARAL Foundation.
Anna Quindlen is married to Gerald Krovatin, an attorney, and is the mother of Quindlen, Christopher and Maria Krovatin. She lives with her family in New York City.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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ARTICLE DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005