January 18, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen (photo by Maria Krovatin)


By Andy Hirsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Anna Quindlen, an award-winning columnist, celebrated journalist and best-selling author, will deliver Bucknell University's commencement address during its 162nd graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 20.

"Anna Quindlen has turned her passion and ideas into an overwhelmingly successful career, both as a journalist and an author," Bucknell President John Bravman said. "We look forward to the insights about life, work and success she will offer to the Class of 2012 on this momentous day in our students' lives."

Quindlen is the first author ever to have fiction, non-fiction and self-help books appear on The New York Times bestseller lists. Prior to her career as an author, she was an award-winning journalist at some of the country's most influential publications.

Quindlen got her start at the age of 18 as a copy editor at The New York Post. Soon she was reporting for The New York Times, where she became just the third woman to write for the paper's renowned Op-Ed page. Quindlen was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her column, "Public and Private." She went on to write "The Last Word," a weekly feature for Newsweek. She retired the column in 2009, though she continues to write for the magazine.

Quindlen's career as an author took shape in the early 1990s. Her best-selling novel, One True Thing, was made into a film starring Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger. Her best-sellers Blessings and Black and Blue were both made into TV movies. Rise and Shine debuted on The New York Times bestseller list at No. 1, and Good Dog. Stay. was a New York Times best-selling book about her beloved black labrador, Beau. A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than one million copies, and her 2010 novel, Every Last One, was also a New York Times bestseller. She has also penned two children's books.

"Her knack for finding wisdom in every life and her tremendous achievements as a writer are among the many reasons we wanted her to be our commencement speaker," said 2012 Class President Sonali Basak. "We see her as a great example of how someone can continue to grow intellectually, professionally and personally throughout their lives."

Quindlen often uses her position in the media to address social issues, and is a strong voice advocating on behalf of literacy, women and children. Her work prompted The Child Welfare League of America to establish The Anna Quindlen Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The award recognizes journalists whose coverage of child welfare issues advances knowledge and understanding of vulnerable children and families in America.

The Bucknell Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to last until 1 p.m. It will be simulcast live on the Bucknell website. More details will be provided in the coming months.

A complete schedule of events, registration and general information, including accommodations and dining, is available at Commencement 2012.

Contact: Division of Communications

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