THE RED TENT Author Anita Diamant Coming to Mixed Magic Theatre
Bestselling novelist Anita Diamant will appear at a book signing and moderated conversation with audience members at Mixed Magic Theatre prior to the company's stage adaption of her best-selling novel, The Red Tent. The stage version was written and directed by Mixed Magic co-founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley by permission of the author.This special event will begin at 6:30 PM before the 7:30 performance of the play.Anita Diamant is the author of twelve books 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.Anita Diamant's other bestselling novels include Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day after Night, and, most recently, The Boston Girl.Diamant has also written six non-fiction 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.
A collection of her essays, Pitching My Tent, is drawn from twenty years worth of newspaper and magazine columns. An award-winning journalist, her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Real Simple, Parenting Magazine, Hadassah, and the Wall Street Journal.Anita Diamant is the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh, a 21st century reinvention of the ritual bath as a place for exploring ancient traditions and enriching contemporary Jewish life.www.mayyimhayyim.orgAnita 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 Master's degree in English from Binghamton University. She resides in the Boston area with her husband, Jim Ball. www.anitadiamant.com
The Red Tent is based on a brief reference in the Hebrew Bible about Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. According to scripture, Dinah was raped by the son of a king in a nearby village. Two sons of Jacob avenge their sister's honor by killing all the men in the village.Diamant's bestselling novel is a captivating and for some a controversial reimagining of the story. Perhaps it was not a violation, but a love story. Perhaps the sons of Jacob had an agenda other than revenge. Perhaps history is shaped by those in power rather than the truth.