(By the way, NSFW unless you work in my office.)
The In The Flesh Reading Series is hosted and curated by the fabulous writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. It is a New York event, held the third Thursday of every month and features authors, of work ranging from erotic poetry to “down and dirty smut”, reading their work.
The upcoming event is on October 18th, 2007 at The Happy Ending Lounge. This is going to be Virgin Night and will include first time readers at the series and, hopefully, first time audience members. There will be fifty giveaways of first time reader Colette Gale‘s debut novel Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of the Phantom of the Opera. Gale’s book is, as you can probably surmise from the title, an extra erotic retelling of the story of the Phantom of the Opera.
The giveaways are due to the largess of the New American Library. NAL is a division of Penguin Group which publishes over four hundred books a year. NAL was more of less founded in 1948, spun off from the British parent that year anyway. NAL started off publishing work like D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover, so they are strong in the literary-yet-naughty department.
In addition to NAL author Colette Gale, first time readers for the upcoming In The Flesh night are scheduled to include Jasmine Clemente, Jane Lockwood, Sean Manseau, Robert W. Cabell, and Steven Padnick. The most recently past event included readings from Andrew Boyd (different Andrew Boyd from the one from BLT and Scurvy Dogs, Polly Frost, Marie Lyn Bernard, Todd Levin, Jessica Cutler, and of course the curator herself.
Due to the wonders of modern technology and YouTube, we kicked off here with the most recent reading by Rachel Kramer Bussel and I’m going to leave you all for now with the readings by Samara O’Shea and Todd Levin. None of us may ever need to leave the house again.