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Don’t Miss Anita Diamant Reading at the Cape Ann Museum!

The Boston Girl at the Cape Ann Museum

Reading and book signing with refreshments from Ohana Restaurant

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 6, 2015) – On Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m., in collaboration with the Bookstore of Gloucester and Ohana Restaurant, best-selling author Anita Diamant brings The Boston Girl book tour to Cape Ann. Join us at the Cape Ann Museum for a reading and book signing with light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public.

The Boston Girl is a coming-of-age story about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Written with attention to historical detail and emotional honesty, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Anita Diamant is the best-selling author of several books, among them theRed Tent, Good Harbor, and Last Days of Dogtown. Diamant has often used Cape Ann as an inspiration for her novels and The Boston Girl is no exception. The Rockport Lodge, a vacation house for working women of low and moderate income, plays a significant role in the main character’s life.


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The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to Cape Ann. Founded in 1873, the Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, its art and culture. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours areTuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

Anita Diamant Moderator at Duckworth’s and the Writer’s Book Club Event!

Anita Diamant Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014The Eastern Point Lit House Writer’s Book Club, held at Duckworth’s on Sunday evening, was an absolutely fantastic and super fun event. Anitia Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Good Harbor, was the guest writer and she led a discussion about Billy Collins, her favorite poet. Anita has attended several Billy Collins readings and describes herself as his fangirl. Collins is the former Poet Laureate of the United States and one of the most widely read and popular of poets in American history.

Duckworths ©Kim Smith 2014The evening began with a beautiful array of delicious dishes, including shrimp with guacamole, Ken’s always fabulous polenta, and a medley of lightly cooked and dressed seasonal vegetables.

Dawn Sarrouf ©Kim Smith 2014JPGDawn Sarrouf  Reading from Ballistics

Guests took turns reading aloud poems from the collection titled Ballistics. Poignant, humorous, accessible, and with a brilliant compactness of writing, Collins reportedly sites cartoons as one of his greatest influences. Although I did not have time to read ahead of time, after listening to the selcetion of poems read aloud, I definitely look forward to reading Ballistics. This brings me to the point that Ken Duckworth made, which is that at the Writer’s Book Club, no one need feel as though they must read the book prior to the event and that it can be just as interesting to hear about the book selection for the first time from the perspective of other guests, which (as it has for me on several occasions) may in turn lead to reading the book.

Colleen ©Kim Smith 2014


Michelle atticus ©Kim Smith 2014Michelle and Atticus

Kne Duckworth Chris AndersonChef Ken Duckworth and Chris Anderson

Anita Diamant ©Kim Smith 2014Anita Diamant and Her Husband Jim Reading a Favorite Poem

Dan's Dahlia's ©Kim Smith 2014Master Horticulturist Dan’s Dinner Plate-sized Dahlia!

Duckworth's Distrot ©kim Smith 2014

September’s Writer’s Book Club selection is The Secret Life of Bees, and will be led by moderator S Stephanie. Purchase your tickets sooner rather than later as these fun and lively Writer’s Book Club events sell out quickly!


Breaking News: Anita Diamant is the The Book Club @ Duckworth’s August Guest Speaker!!!

New York Times best selling author Anita Diamant will be leading the discussion at the The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot event on August 17th.

Come join the table of the fabulous Chef Ken Duckworth in a discussion of Ballistics by Billy Collins. collins_ballistics_front For more information about the event and to purchase tickets click here:The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot.

From the Eastern Point Lit House website ~ Anita Diamant writing career began in Boston in 1975. As a freelance journalist, she contributed to local magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine, branching out into regional and national media, with articles in New England Monthly, Yankee, Self, Parenting, Parents, McCalls, and Ms. She also wrote about Jewish practice and the Jewish community for Reform Judaism magazine, Hadassah magazine, and jewishfamily.com. A collection of her essays appears in the book, Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship and Other Leaps of Faith. Diamant’s first book was The New Jewish Wedding, which she followed the with five more guidebooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events. In 1997, Diamant published her first work of fiction, The Red Tent, whichthe independent booksellers alliance honored as its “Booksense Best Fiction” selection in 2001. Diamant’s novels, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown, are both set in Cape Ann. red-tent