Anna Quindlen ’74

Anna Quindlen ’74 is the author of numerous bestselling novels (Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, and Every Last One), as well as nonfiction books (A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Good Dog, Stay, Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, How Reading Changed My Life, and Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake). Her New York Times column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. From 2000-2009, she wrote the “Last Word” column for Newsweek magazine. Her book One True Thing became a feature film starring Meryl Streep. Black and Blue 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 to have books appear on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help New York Times Best Seller lists. She was elected to Barnard’s Board of Trustees in 1989, served as chair of the Board from 2003 until 2010, and was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1994. She was also honored by Barnard at the Scholar Gala in 2010.