Back in April, JBooks teamed up with Peet’s Coffee & Tea to present a cool live event in which Anita Diamant kibbitzed with Elinor Lipman about Diamant’s latest novel, Day After Night, and a batch of other Interesting Things (Jewish, Literary, Feminist, and Otherwise). Well, this illuminating conversation can now be seen in three easy-to-watch parts:
Part one, in which Elinor Lipman admits to pitching Diamant’s latest novel, Day After Night, as a movie and Diamant tells the fascinating story of the Atlit detention camp.
In part two we learn how Bill Moyers and Tony Kushner inspired Diamant to write The Red Tent. There’s also a little joke about hummus…
The third and final part of this conversation s howcases Diamant’s idea that we’re living in “the century of the Jewish woman.” She also says that she and novelist Stephen McCauley (who was at the event) have “study hall,” in which the two authors force themselves to get together and write at the same time. “It’s a way to keep… the @#$% in the chair,” says Diamant.