National Jewish Book Award Nominee Diana Bletter is the author of the novel, A Remarkable Kindness (HarperCollins, August 2015). Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, with prize-winning photographer Lori Grinker, was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Her memoir, The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle, has been featured on The Jerusalem Post and www.hairpin.com. Her latest book is Big Up Yourself: It’s About Time You Like Being You.
Diana is the First Prize winner of the Moment Magazine Karma Short Fiction Contest in 2019. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Glamour, beliefnet.com, tabletmag.org, The Forward, Kveller, The North American Review, The Reading Room, Huffington Post and has been anthologized. Her story, “One Kiss, One Baby, One God,” appeared in Commentary Magazine, January 2015. She is also First Prize winner of Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest.
Diana grew up on Long Island and attended Cornell University. After graduating with distinction, she went on to work for several newspapers and magazines, including National Lampoon. A wanderer who likes the expatriate life, she has lived in Paris and Rome and now makes her home in a small beach village on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Israel where she and her husband raised six children in a blended family, and and an unofficially adopted daughter from Ethiopia.
Diana is a member of a burial circle, and drew on her personal experiences in her novel, A Remarkable Kindness. She also participates in a Jewish-Muslim-Druze-Christian women’s group in Israel dedicated to forging connections among women, remaining idealistic about hope for peace in the Middle East. A tomboy who snowboards, climbs trees and loves the outdoors, she also speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish and Hebrew and is learning Arabic, committed to speaking as many foreign languages as possible with the same Americano accent.
Thankyou for following my blog. I am noticing that you are living a very varied, interesting, (no that’s not the word)…vibrant life. Best wishes, I look forward to hearing more from you.
be good to yourself
Hi David, Thanks for your comment. Vibrant is a perfect word! I liked how you wrote, “Don’t just accept ‘what is’…….consider ‘what if’, open up the possibilities.” That is brilliant.
be good to yourself
Loved learning about you in your blog. Your varied background and experience is interesting and inspirational.
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I look forward to the publication of your book “The Mom Who Took Off On A Motorcycle” in October. Do you ride in Isreal? What an interesting life – follow your passions!
Hi Jill, Thanks for checking the blog. Yes, I ride wherever I can. I love your last line, “Follow your passions.” You’re now entered in the free coffee giveaway contest!
Hi Diana————a, nice words to live by for all. I’m enjoying reading your words.
Keep charging ahead !
I just bought the book! I have shared it on my twitter and facebook. I will share her story later on this blog I write..I can totally relate to her cancer story as I had kidney cancer and then a large brain tumor..I am blessed to still be alive…So glad we can support this woman’s daughter in some way.
Hi Diana – Please promote your books in my page and have a chance of winning! See link for more details: http://selfpubbooks.wordpress.com/self-publishing-contest-page/
Great, thanks! I’ll check it out!
Thanks a lot for the time! 🙂
Can you give me more information on the Easy English Academy? I’m interested in making aliyah to Israel, and would like to see what I could do. I’m not a teacher by profession or training, though. Maybe tutoring?
Thanks for any info you can give.
Hello, I sent you an email to your address! Thank you for contacting me!
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