Diana Altman is the author of Hollywood East: Louis B. Mayer and the origins of the studio system (Carol Publishing, ’92) a nonfiction book still quoted in movie star biographies and books of film history. She was a guest on TV’s Entertainment Tonight. Her award-winning novel In Theda Bara’s Tent (Tapley Cove Press, 2010) was described as “sophisticated storytelling” by Library Journal and as “enthralling” by PW. Her novel We Never Told will be published by SWP in June, 2019. Her short stories have appeared in Trampset, The Notre Dame Review, StoryQuarterly, and Cumberland River Review. Articles have appeared in the New York Times, Yankee, Boston Herald, Forbes, Moment, and elsewhere. Diana is a member of PEN, The Author’s Guild, and the Women’s National Book Association. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and Harvard University and lives in New York City.
We Never Told
Set in an era when unwed mothers were shamed and pressured into giving their newborns away, We Never Told is a slice of America when the Hollywood lifestyle was at its height. That era still haunts us today, because those babies did not disappear; they grew up and went searching. Sonya is determined to unearth her glamorous mother’s secret, but when she finally does, she discovers something much worse than those around her ever could have imagined.
In The Wrong Skin, a short story2019
Receptions With the Poet, a short story2019
A Night at the BSS, short story2018
In Theda Bara's Tent2010
Hollywood East: Louis B. Mayer and the origins of the studio system1992
Awards and Recognition
- National Book Award finalist