Anna Quindlen’s books have appeared on fiction, nonfiction and self-help bestseller lists, and her columns have won her many of journalism’s most prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Her memoir on aging, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, was published in April 2012 and debuted at #1 on the The New York Times bestsellers list.
She was the third woman to write for The New York Times' influential op-ed page, where she wrote her award-winning column, "Public and Private," and recently retired from Newsweek, where she wrote her column "The Last Word" for ten years.
Quindlen has written six bestselling novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and her most recent, Every Last One, now out in paperback. She has published three collections of her columns, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, and Loud and Clear, as well as How Reading Changed My Life and Imagined London.
Her book A Short Guide to A Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. It was followed by Being Perfect, another national bestseller, and Good Dog. Stay. (November 2007), her New York Times bestselling book about her beloved black Labrador, Beau. Quindlen was selected as next year's chairperson of World Book Night US.
Ms. Quindlen is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Barnard College, where she was Chair of the Board of Trustees for eight years. She's on the Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from more than a dozen American universities.
She is married to Gerald Krovatin, an attorney, and is the mother of Quindlen, Christopher and Maria Krovatin.