Menstruation: honored, celebrated, revered, feared, ignored, misunderstood. Anita Diamant (The Red Tent) charts the flow of period history in her new book Period. End of Sentence., including generations of misinformation and silence. But it's not all bad news! A new generation of activists are committed to breaking the cycle of period stigma, and popular culture seems to be following suit. The Boston Globe's Meredith Goldstein moderates.
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Anita Diamant is the author of thirteen books. Period. End of Sentence.: The New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice is her most recent. Her first novel, New York Times bestseller, The Red Tent has been published in more than 25 countries. Winner of the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award, it was adapted into a two-part miniseries by Lifetime TV. Diamant's other bestselling novels include The Boston Girl, Day after Night, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Good Harbor. She has written six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life:The Jewish Wedding Now, The Jewish Baby Book, Living a Jewish Life, Choosing a Jewish Life, How to Raise a Jewish Child, and Saying Kaddish. Her essay collection Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship, and Other Leaps of Faith is drawn from twenty years of newspaper and magazine columns. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Real Simple, Parenting, Hadassah, Reform Judaism, Boston Magazine and Yankee Magazine. Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in comparative literature and holds a maste's degree in English from Binghamton University. She now lives in the Boston area.
Meredith Goldstein is an author and columnist at the Boston Globe. Her books include the novels Things That Grow, Chemistry Lessons, and The Singles. Her memoir, Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist, is based on her longtime Boston Globe advice column, Love Letters, which also has a popular podcast (now in its sixth season!). Meredith lives in Boston with a carnival-size cotton candy machine and many action figures. She has spent the last year reading wonderful feminist romance novels.