Best-selling author Anna Quindlen will offer insights into memoir, "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake," at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

The presentation will be followed by a luncheon catered by Carolyn's Absolutely Fabulous Events and a book signing by the author.

In "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake," she writes about her life and the lives of women today, looking back and ahead as she considers marriage, girlfriends, mothers, faith and loss.

Quindlen has had success in a variety of areas in journalism and literature. Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992; she later wrote the "Last Word" column for Newsweek. She left thatcareer to become a novelist, and has since published five best sellers and seven non-fiction titles. Her novel "One True Thing" was made into a movie starring Renee Zellweger, Meryl Streep and William Hurt.

A graduate of Barnard College, Quindlen has honorary doctorates from Dartmouth College, Denison University, Moravian College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Bates College and Southern Connecticut State University, and was awarded the University Medal of Excellence by Columbia. She was a Poynter Fellow in journalism at Yale, and a Victoria Fellow in Contemporary Issues at Rutgers. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Arts & Sciences. Glamour magazine named her one of its 10 Outstanding Women of the Year in 1991.

The cost is $5 for DCA members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are requested and can been made at dariendca.org, by calling 203-655-9050 or emailing info@dariendca.org.

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