302 Broome St. Between Eldridge and Forsythe St.
New York City, New York

(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
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 erotic memoirist Sebastian Horsley (Dandy in the Underworld) all the way from the UK, as well as 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, Nerve.com 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 Mediabistro.com, 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.

Sebastian Horsley lives in Soho, London and has written for The Observer, New Statesmen, The Independent, The Times, The Spectator, The Sunday Times, The Loaded and he ran a monthly column for The Erotic Review. His memoir, Dandy in the Underworld, will be published in the United States by Harper Perennial on March 11, 2007.

Kevin Keck is the author of Oedipus Wrecked, a collection of essays which features work first published on Nerve.com, and Are You There, God? It's Me, Kevin. He is also the father of three children who should be sufficiently embarrassed later in life by what he writes.

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.

Official Website: http://inthefleshreadingseries.blogspot.com

Added by rachelkramerbussel on December 3, 2007