Friars Leader Diamant Talks Connection to Boston

November 15, 2016

Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl author Anita Diamant visited Simmons as part of the Friars Leaders Program series

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Anita Diamant spoke to a crowd of almost 200 in the Simmons community – and revealed how research for her latest book, The Boston Girl lead her to Simmons College. Her talk was the third in the 2016-2017 Friars Leaders speaker series.

Diamant discussed her inspiration to write books, specifically historical fiction.

“All of [my novels] were inspired by stories I stumbled across that raised a question in my mind. I just knew there was a story I wanted to tell.”

The Boston Girl is set in early 20th-century Boston, a time when women were trying to find their paths in the 1920s workplace.

“Research for The Boston Girl made me feel more connected to Boston, and to Simmons College. Simmons was a magnet for women who wanted more…it became an aspirational home.”

Diamant closed the session with a Q&A with the audience, who asked if she had another novel in mind to write—to which she answered that it was “too early” to talk about. A book signing followed the talk.

“Boston really is the ‘city of women,’” she said, referencing her research of women’s advancement in early 20th-century Boston. “Someone should write that book.”

Anita Diamant

2016/2017 Friars Leaders

This year's leaders include Janaya Khan, Joyce Kulhawik and Anita Diamant.