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On America: Women, Medicine, and Writing

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Thursday, 6:00 pm EDT June 10, 2021

Online via Zoom

Suzanne Koven, a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Anita Diamant, an author and journalist from Massachusetts, come together for a special event celebrating their two new book releases focusing on women’s health. In her memoir Letter to a Young Female Physician, Koven offers deep reflection on her career spent as a physician—touching on feelings of “imposter syndrome;” her roles as doctor, mother, and daughter; and more. Diamant illuminates the ways in which menstrual injustice limits opportunity and threatens livelihoods in Period. End of Sentence. The two authors will discuss the launch of these latest nonfiction projects in a conversation moderated by Dr. Perri Klass, a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University. Klass’s writings include both nonfiction and fiction titles, among them: A Good Time to Be Born and Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor.

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In Conversation

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    Anita Diamant

    Anita Diamant

    Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in the Boston Globe magazine and Parenting, and many others, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts. Visit her website at

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    Perri Klass

    Perri Klass

    Perri Klass is a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, codirector of NYU Florence, and national medical director of Reach Out and Read. She writes the weekly column “The Checkup” for the New York Times and her new book is A Good Time to Be Born (W.W. Norton, 2020).

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    Suzanne Koven

    Suzanne Koven

    Suzanne Koven was born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. in English literature from Yale and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins. She also holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. After her residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has practiced primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for over 25 years. In 2019 she was named inaugural Writer in Residence at Mass General. Her essays, articles, blogs, and reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, New, Psychology Today, the L.A. Review of Books, the Virginia Quarterly, STAT, and other publications. Her monthly column “In Practice” appeared in the Boston Globe and won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Writing from the American Medical Writers Association in 2012. Her interview column, “The Big Idea,” appears at the Rumpus. Suzanne conducts workshops, moderates panel discussions, and speaks to a variety of audiences about literature and medicine, narrative and storytelling in medicine, women’s health, mental healthcare, and primary care. Suzanne’s essay collection, Letter to a Young Female Physician, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2021.