Anna Quindlen’s recent memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, is another collection of essays that spans the range of topics Quindlen has covered so well for so many years–motherhood, friendship, relationships and how we care for ourselves and our families while we grow older.

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is a warm return to nonfiction for Quindlen, her first since 2007’s Good Dog, Stay, and a positive return for readers who started with Quindlen during her days writing her Life in the 30s New York Times column during the 1980s and later, her regular column entitled Public and Private, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

In this interview segment, Quindlen sat down with Kelly Corrigan, the bestselling author of The Middle Place and Lift at the Piedmont Center for the Arts in Piedmont, CA, to discuss her long career in journalism and as a writer and novelist. In this segment, she talks about her beginnings as a journalist first at the New York Post, then, at the age of 24, with the New York Times, including the groundbreaking period at The New York Times when more women reporters were being hired.

“A tabloid is great place to start because it’s really irreverent. Starting at the New York Times I don’t think is good for anyone because it really is the first rough draft of history. And when you are young you need a place to make mistakes and have a good time and that is what The [New York] Post was for me…And then when I was 24 years old I was hired by The New York Times because they had a class action suit brought against them by six very brave women who basically got nothing out of it except a future for other women. They charged that the paper didn’t hire, promote, or pay women in parity with men and they hired a whole bunch of women very quickly and I was one of them. Much of my career at The New York Times grows directly out of that class action suit.”

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake will be available in paperback April 23, 2013.

 

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