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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

In The Flesh special guests; Sebastian Horsley refused entry to U.S.

I've never gotten an email quite like the one I did from Sebastian Horsley's publicist on Tuesday:

Sebastian arrived at Newark Airport today and wore his top-hat through customs and they pulled him aside. Immigration then googled him about the book and all of the stuff about his drug addiction, pro-prostitution, etc. came up. The bottom line is they've detained him for the last 5 hours and are now sending him back to London. It's ridiculous and stupid but true.

This also got some play on Gawker. And in The New York Times.

Also big thanks to the NYT's UrbanEye newsletter for listing In The Flesh!

(Maybe this was actually a big publicity coup for them? I am just waiting for some scandal over my nipple-baring book cover - speaking of which, be the first to get a copy of Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women at In The Flesh directly from me. Books just came in and they are gorgeous.)

See also: Sebastian's blog

Choire Sicha's NYT review of Dandy

Thankfully, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who did a memorable turn at an early In The Flesh and blurbed Sebastian's book Dandy in the Underworld, and who is an amazing writer himself (go read his memoir I Am Not Myself These Days and prepare for the 80s-tastic queer deliciousness of his first novel, Candy Everybody Wants), has agreed to fill in and read from Dandy.

Here's a photo of Josh with The Washingtonienne author Jessica Cutler at an infamous In The Flesh. Who knows what could happen on Thursday?

I also had to replace another author, Kevin Keck, and we now have the fabulous Chelsea Summers of the blog Pretty Dumb Things reading from her very hot secretary spanking story "Stuck at Work and Late for a Date" from my new book Yes, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission.

Yes, Sir: Erotic Stories of Male Dominance

see the website with TOC and info here

I'm not sure if the lesson for me is to only book local readers (that can't be right because we have Sarah Thyre - !!! - coming in April and Andrea Askowitz in May) or just be prepared and know awesome writers who are willing to step in that the last minute.

The rest of the lineup (sexy mysteries from Megan Abbott Charles Ardai, actors performing Cheri Magid's Hide and Seek story and me) remains the same. We'll be taping most readers for YouTube too. Plus plenty of free snacks, candy, mini cupcakes, and book and magazine giveaways, as always.

(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue,
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

In The Flesh welcomes a range of authors from the sexy mysteries of Hard Case Crime authors Megan Abbott (Queenpin) and Charles Ardai (Songs of Innocence) to Josh Kilmer-Purcell reading from Sebastian Horsley's memoir Dandy in the Underworld, erotic memoirist Sebastian Horsley (Dandy in the Underworld) all the way from the UK, as well as Chelsea Summers (Pretty Dumb Things blogger, contributor, Yes, Sir) Kevin Keck (Oedipus Wrecked, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Kevin) and Cheri Magid (contributor to Hide and Seek). Hosted and curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma’am, Best Sex Writing 2008). Free candy and cupcakes will be served.

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times’s UrbanEye, Escape (Hong Kong), Flavorpill, The L Magazine, New York Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Gothamist, and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth. This is not Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series.

Megan Abbott is the Edgar-nominated author of the novels, Queenpin, The Song Is You and Die a Little. Her stories have appeared in Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir, Wall Street Noir, Detroit Noir and Queens Noir. Her nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2003. She is the editor of A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir, featuring original tales by 25 mystery and crime authors, which was published in December 2007.

Charles Ardai is the Edgar Award-winning author of the novels Little Girl Lost and Songs of Innocence ("an instant classic"--Washington Post), both written under the pen name "Richard Aleas." He is also founder and editor of Hard Case Crime, a line of paperback crime novels in the style of the sexy pulp paperbacks of the 1940s and 50s that Neal Pollack called "the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade." Also an entrepreneur, Ardai created and for seven years ran the Internet company Juno. He lives in New York with his wife, best-selling fantasy novelist Naomi Novik.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, conducts interviews for, and wrote the popular Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice. Her erotic stories have been published in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and she’s edited numerous anthologies, most recently Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma’am, Dirty Girls, and Best Sex Writing 2008. Rachel has also written for AVN, Bust, Cosmopolitan UK, Gothamist, Mediabistro, Metro, New York Post, Punk Planet, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York and Velvetpark.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of New York Times bestselling memoir I Am Not Myself These Days and the insanely funny forthcoming novel Candy Everybody Wants, will read from Sebastian Horsley's memoir Dandy in the Underworld.

Cheri Magid wrote a popular erotic blog and a column under various and sundry pseudonyms. She is also a playwright whose work has been seen in New York, California, Ohio, Iowa, and Michigan. Lydia, or "The Girl at the Wheel, "Cheri’s radio play about the earliest days of burlesque, aired on National Public Radio in 2001 and her short story "Yeah, We Got That," aired on Playboy Radio. She is currently writing a screenplay, The Story of D, about the real story behind the writing of The Story of O for Dan Wigutow Productions. Her short film Carnophobia is now in post.

Finding herself uninspired to write her doctoral dissertation, Chelsea Summers began writing her award-winning blog, pretty dumb things, in March 2005. Since then, her work has appeared in Penthouse, GQ, Scarlet and New Woman magazines, as well as in erotic anthologies edited by Susie Bright and Rachel Kramer Bussel. Currently, Chelsea is writing memoir and really might actually have a publisher ready to pay to publish it. Chelsea lives and writes in glamorous New York City, NY. She has gleefully abandoned the world of academia for the writing life.



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