Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Febos’

Whether for better or worse, 50 Shades of Grey has solidified its position as the fastest-selling paperback of all time.  With its explicit sexual content, many have credited the book’s success to its controversial nature and public curiosity.  But does the success of the book say anything larger about our culture in general?

Join McNally Jackson on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 PM for a 50 Shades of Grey panel that will discuss the book’s meaning (or lack thereof) as relates to our country’s sexual culture.  The panelists will include Erica Jong (Fear of Flying, Sugar in my Bowl), Daniel Bergner (The Other Side of Desire), Ian Kerner (She Comes First, He Comes Second), Melissa Febos (Whip Smart), and Roxane Gay (The Rumpus, Salon).  Each of these women has a unique point of view on feminism and sexuality, which should make for a lively discussion!

For more information on the event, visit the McNally Jackson website here.

Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?  Why or why not?  What do you think the book’s success says, if anything, about feminism and sexuality in our society?


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This evening, in honor of Pride Week, the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is hosting an event called “Shameless:  Pride Week with Melissa Febos, Ariel Levy, and More.”  The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a New York institution, where merchandise is all donated and the staff is almost entirely volunteer.  According to their website, tonight “Melissa Febos (Whip Smart) curates a lineup of queer women writers to share shameless stories of sex, love, rebellion, redemption, and pride.”  The event will include prose and poetry readings, as well as film.  Contributors include Laurie Weeks, Kelli Dunham, Ariel Levy, Pamela Sneed, Katrina Del Mar, Shelly Oria, and Rachel Simon.  This event takes place tonight, Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 PM, at 126 Crosby Street in downtown New York.  For more information, visit the event page on their website.

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