Stuart Kelter interviews Anita Diamant, a novelist, journalist, essayist, and author of five guidebooks to contemporary Jewish life on such topics as weddings, parenting, and mourning practices. As a journalist, her feature stories and columns in the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal included profiles of prominent people, stories about medical ethics, and first-person essays about everything from politics to popular culture, from pet ownership to food. Anita’s best-known book, The Red Tent, published in 1997, is a novel inspired by the brief yet provocative story about Jacob’s only daughter, Dina, from the book of Genesis. The book became a word-of-mouth and New York Times bestseller thanks to reader recommendations, book groups, and support from independent bookstores, has been published in more than 25 countries, and was adapted as a two-part, four-hour miniseries by Lifetime TV. Her latest book, published just this year, is Period. End of Sentence: The New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice, which is the topic of today’s interview.
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