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Open Book/Open Mind Conversation with Anna Quindlen, Apr. 28

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Montclair Public Library & Its Foundation Present

Open Book/Open Mind Conversation


Anna Quindlen award-winning author and journalist, will discuss her newest novel Miller’s Valley with the author of A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan from 7:45-9:15 pm. The event will include a reading, a Q & A and book signing. Admission is free, but reservations are highly recommended. The program will be at Mt Hebron Middle School, 173 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ.

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Best known for her award-winning New York Times and Newsweek columns, Anna Quindlen returns with her highly anticipated eighth novel, MILLER’S VALLEY (now onsale at Watchung Booksellers).  In this remarkable novel, which the New York Times reviewer says: “this mesmerizing new novel…is overwhelmingly moving…[with characters who are] richly alive.” It scored (4.11 out of 5 on Goodreads), Quindlen’s deep understanding of girls and the many stages of a woman’s life brilliantly manifest through an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget.

For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley, a small American town on the verge of enormous change. Mimi Miller tells about her life, from the 1960s to the present, with intimacy and honesty, as though revealing it to the best friend she never had. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship, the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.”

Mimi’s mother struggles to maintain her family, even as her son Tommy becomes unrecognizable, her sister remains traumatized by a mysterious memory, her husband straddles two worlds, and she realizes that her daughter, Mimi, must escape all of them to find her own way. As Mimi comes into her own, she reminds us how fragile and exciting following a dream can be.

To register online go to or call 973 744-0500 ext 2235

Prior to the Open Book/Open Mind Conversation, the Montclair Library Foundation will host “Behind the Words” – an intimate reception with Anna Quindlen and Elisabeth Egan, including wine and hors d’ouevres. The event is Thursday April 28, 2016  6:30-7:30 pm Bellevue Avenue Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue, which is next door to the Mt. Hebron Middle School. Tickets are $100 and $50.

To purchase tickets for the “Behind the Scenes” and the Open Book/Open Mind conversation go to:

We'd like to thank our sponsors Susan and Thomas Dunn, Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Watchung Booksellers, Keller Williams Realty and Baristanet. 


About Open Book Open Mind

Open Book / Open Mind is a series of live, interactive conversations featuring top authors and thinkers on the important issues of our time. The series is curated by the Montclair Public Library and its foundation board members. The talks are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of our funders and the speakers who donate their time. Open Book / Open Mind Conversations take place at the Montclair Public Library (170 seats) and satellite venues, such as the Mount Hebron School (500 seats). We do a social media campaign and local press outreach for each talk (Montclair Times,, The Star Ledger, etc.). OB/OM Conversations are consistently well-attended. Books are sold by our wonderful local bookstore, Watchung Booksellers. For more information about Open Book/Open mind visit the the website:

About the Author

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.

About the Interviewer

Elisabeth Egan is the books editor at Glamour. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Self, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, the Huffington Post, the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Newark Star-Ledger. She lives in New Jersey with her family


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