Live Video Chat With Anna Quindlen

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Patrick Brown:
Apr 02, 2012 03:51PM
Join us on Thursday, April 26 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT for a live video chat with bestselling author Anna Quindlen. We will be discussing her latest book Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, as well as her previous work and her life as a writer. Don't miss this!

To ask a question, simply type it as a comment below. The chat will last approximately one half-hour, and it will be recorded for those who cannot make it to the live chat.
Ruth Napier:
Apr 18, 2012 06:27AM
q What were the best time and the worst time of your life and how did you overcome the worst time?
Apr 24, 2012 11:02AM
Do you miss working at The New York Times?
Apr 24, 2012 11:03AM
q Do you ever write anything that is 'for your eyes only'?
Nancy Freund:
Apr 24, 2012 11:34AM
Do you ever find the balance tough to negotiate between solitary writing time versus industry-mover-shaker time?
Lynn Kelley:
Apr 24, 2012 11:42AM
I always find your female characters so extraordinarily ordinary. Do you usually meet the character first or do you know the situation before you start to write?
Wendy Rupper:
Apr 24, 2012 12:46PM
I've read several of your books and loved them. What are some of your favorite reads?
Lisa Vegan:
Apr 24, 2012 01:06PM
I am so disappointed that this time does not work for me and I won't be able to attend.
Liz Craig:
Apr 24, 2012 01:14PM
Love your writing, Anna! Several years ago, I read an article in one of those women's magazines that was a piece you had written regarding your Mom. I t really touched base with me, and your words hit a spot that I could never convey to myself. I saved the article, but over time, it got misplaced. Do you remember it? And where I could possibly find another copy?
Apr 24, 2012 06:46PM
q Women's Movement - my grandmother was a suffragette, my mother educated with a Masters who was a VP at a multinational corp who made $100K less than the other male VPs but was thankful to be there nonetheless. I took for granted that all the 'liberation' work had been done and that my working life would equal with my husband. Not the case. I work more hours outside the home and inside the home and I have the same education and I make consistently 25% less than him and the male counterparts in my office - and of course they want to keep me because it would cost them 25% more to replace me with a guy who does 80% of the work that I do - but I still feel I musn't grumble? The women's movement brought us the vote, education, jobs but not parity. How do you think we're gonna get there?
Alena Murguia:
Apr 25, 2012 04:40AM
I enjoyed your Twitter party this weekend and there were a couple questions you couldn't get to. I've enjoyed reading both your fiction and non-fiction. How do you balance those two? Is it organic or do you set out to write one or another? Also, I was curious what your take in on the state of shrinking newsrooms across the country? What does that say about the future of journalism?
Alexa Eddy:
Apr 25, 2012 06:44AM
What are your favorite books? and How would you re-write them if you could?
Nina Robertson:
Apr 25, 2012 02:06PM
q Who were your favorite authors when you were growing up? Which authors had the most influence on you as a writer?
Alaa Wasfie:
Apr 25, 2012 09:03PM
How does your life influence your writing?
Steven Gilbert:
Apr 26, 2012 09:34AM
One of the few men out here to comment. Have enjoyed your books over the years, very lovely and vibrant style of writing, both with your books and op-ed pieces. I especially respect and approve of your take on the commercialization of Americana. How true and depressing. Hope to be able to catch this interview.
Book Club Girl:
Apr 26, 2012 10:51AM
I believe you spoke at one of the first Betsy-Tacy conventions about your love for that series of books by Maud Hart Lovelace. Can you tell us why you loved them so much as a child and now, and did you know there's another Convention this summer in Minneapolis and Mankato?
Azim Mat Bakri:
Apr 26, 2012 11:28AM
What are your expectations the world in future? and the books
Pat Taylor David:
Apr 26, 2012 11:30AM
If I remember correctly, you wrote a most beautiful tribute to Laurie Colwin upon her death and I was compelled to look her up. Since then, I've read and reread her books and have given out dozens of copies of her books. I miss her but am grateful to have "known" her. I'll always be grateful for that experience.
PW Dowdy:
Apr 26, 2012 11:31AM
Do you use both print and e-publication? Who do you use for either or for both.? What was your marketing strategy to get a publisher or did you self publish?
Ellis *a girl with kaleidoscope eyes*:
Apr 26, 2012 12:06PM
What are the most rewarding and difficult things about being a writer?
Rathi R:
Apr 26, 2012 12:12PM
What inspired you to write Blessings?
(deleted user):
Apr 26, 2012 12:37PM
Did you know a couple like Bobby and Fran Benedetto from Black and Blue? Did you cry as you penned parts of that novel? If so, was the ending one?
Ellis *a girl with kaleidoscope eyes*:
Apr 26, 2012 01:07PM
q :: What are the most rewarding and difficult things about being a writer?
Apr 26, 2012 01:24PM
q You once said, "A finished person is a boring person." Does this quote inspire you to keep writing?
(deleted user):
Apr 26, 2012 01:45PM
Q What is your favorite book besides the one you write?! :)
Patrick Brown:
Apr 26, 2012 01:59PM
We will be starting in just a minute. If you have a question for Anna, feel free to ask it now.
Patrick Brown:
Apr 26, 2012 02:00PM
Press play on the player above and we should be starting shortly.
Robert Flood:
Apr 26, 2012 02:02PM
q I read Black and Blue in high school and loved it. Brought back some less than great memories but it blew me away. Was there a particular thing that inspired that story for you?
Maureen Miller:
Apr 26, 2012 02:05PM
Patrick wrote: "Press play on the player above and we should be starting shortly."

what player above? thanks.
Becky H:
Apr 26, 2012 02:07PM
What is your favorite book that you have written?
Apr 26, 2012 02:07PM
Q : Want to tell you how Black and Blue started my admiration for your talent at fiction, reminding me of the same thing journalists told Margaret Mitchell, and led me to your next and next books. No question, just praise.
Alexa Eddy:
Apr 26, 2012 02:11PM
Also, I read black and blue at 13 :3 loved that book.
Robert Donohue:
Apr 26, 2012 02:12PM
q At the risk of beating a horse to death, do you have an opinion about the absence of a 2012 Pulitzer for Fiction? thanks, Robert
Alexa Eddy:
Apr 26, 2012 02:12PM
q What is your favorite book? and if you can rewrite it how would you?
Apr 26, 2012 02:19PM
q Do you see yourself writing indefinitely or are you planning to retire at a roughly specific time?
Annie Delgado:
Apr 26, 2012 02:19PM
No question. Just want to say how much I love your books.
Mamey Brown:
Apr 26, 2012 02:20PM
There is nothing I LOVE more than to see the full bookcases like the ones behind you. Is this where you write?
Barry Lietz:
Apr 26, 2012 02:27PM
Do you plan your novels with a timeline and characters drawn out or do you just start out and see where it carries you?
Alena Murguia:
Apr 26, 2012 02:29PM
q How do you balance fiction and non-fiction? What inspires the decision for each? (Sorry Im late to the conversation)
Apr 26, 2012 02:32PM
It's the same Patrick guy from Jane Green's chat yesterday. :) Hi, Patrick, how are you?
Apr 26, 2012 02:32PM
I am definitely looking forward to reading Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake!!
Nicole McDermott:
Apr 26, 2012 02:32PM
Does anyone keep a transcript of these chats? I want Anna's quote about rent for this space/great organizations.
Ellie Etter:
Apr 26, 2012 02:33PM
That was wonderful! Thanks.
Patrick Brown:
Apr 26, 2012 02:34PM
I will get a recording of the chat up soon. Thank you to everyone who watched!
Patrick Brown:
Apr 26, 2012 02:34PM
Alena: she answered your question, so be sure to watch the recording.
Dilan Njat:
Aug 01, 2012 03:30PM
Oct 13, 2012 08:26AM
is this book about you?
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About Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is an American journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter with The New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at The New York Times. She left journalism in 1995 to become a full-time novelist. She currently writes a bi-weekly column for Newsweek and is known as a critic of what she perceives to be the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American life.
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