ANNA QUINDLEN will discuss her newest novel, Miller’s Valley, Thursday, April 28 as part of the Montclair Public Library’s Open Book Open Mind series. Montclair’s Elisabeth Egan, books editor for Glamour, journalist, author of the novel A Window Opens, will be interviewing Ms. Quindlen. Egan says, “Miller’s Valley reads like a companion to Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. I always wondered what a book from the perspective of Olive’s daughter would be like. Now, thanks to Anna Quindlen, I know.”
The event will begin at 7:45 at the Mt. Hebron School 173 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair and will be followed by a book signing. Doors will open for seating at 7:15. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reservations will be held until 7:30, at which point seats will be released on a first come-first served basis.
“Behind the Words” an intimate reception with Anna Quindlen and Elisabeth Egan hosted by the Library Foundation will include wine and hors d’oeuvres; from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Bellevue Avenue Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue, next door to the Mt. Hebron Middle School. Tickets are $100 and $50. Click on the blue button to reserve your seat.
For more information, call 973-744-0500 x2235. To purchase a copy of Miller’s Valley, click here.
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.…
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