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

September 7th at 8 PM (doors at 7; we recommend arriving by 7:30 for a seat)
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
Between Forsyth & Eldridge. Look for the hot pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club."
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

Featuring Susan Shapiro (Speed Shrinking, Five Men Who Broke My Heart), Amy Sohn (Prospect Park West), Julie Metz (Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal), Diana Joseph (I’m Sorry You Feel That Way), Kerry Cohen (Loose Girl) and Joshua Lyon (Pill Head). Hosted and curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing 2009, The Mile High Club, Spanked). Free candy and cupcakes by Baked by Melissa will be served. Giveaways inluce Sex Tarts lube and the word game SexySlang. Copies of the authors books will be for sale by Mobile Libris.

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the country'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, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Mike Daisey, 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, Zane 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, New York Observer, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Flavorwire, Gothamist, Jezebel.com, Nerve.com and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is an author, editor, blogger and reading series host. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice. She’s edited numerous anthologies, two of which (Up All Night and Glamour Girls) have been Lambda Literary Award finalists, most recently The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Best Sex Writing 2009, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, and Spanked. Her writing been published in publications such as Clean Sheets, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, Huffington Post, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Tango, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York, and in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. She has hosted In The Flesh since October 2005.

photo by Hilary McHone

Kerry Cohen is the author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity, and the three young adult novels, Easy, The Good Girl, and It’s Not You, It’s Me. Her essays have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Babble.com, and Portland Monthly; and are forthcoming in Brevity.com, Best Sex Writing 2010, and other anthologies and journals. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.

Diana Joseph is the author of the short story collection Happy or Otherwise (Carnegie Mellon University Press 2003) and the memoir I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man and Dog (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 2009.) She currently teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Joshua Lyon is the author of Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict, and a journalist who has worked for Interview, Condé Nast Traveler, V Life, and Jane. He has also contributed to Nylon, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, New York, Out, Vice, and Page Six magazine.

Julie Metz is the author of Perfection, A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal, published in June 2009 by Voice/Hyperion. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Publisher's Weekly, Hemispheres, and mrbellersneighborhood.com. The recipient of a 2008 MacDowell Fellowship, she lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Susan Shapiro, a Manhattan journalism professor, has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Newsweek, Salon.com, Daily Beast, The Forward, Village Voice, People, More, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She's author of the nonfiction books: Only as Good as Your Word, Lighting Up, Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic and Five Men Who Broke My Heart, which was optioned for a feature film. Speed Shrinking is her fictional debut. She lives with her husband, a TV/film writer, in Greenwich Village, where she teaches her own "instant gratification takes too long" writing method at the New School, NYU and in private workshops and seminars.

Amy Sohn is the author of the novels Prospect Park West, Run Catch Kiss, and My Old Man. She has written for The New York Times, New York, Harper's Bazaar, Playboy and Playgirl and got her start writing an autobiographical column in New York Press called "Female Trouble." She has written pilots for ABC, Fox, and HBO. She lives in Brooklyn,

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

Added by rachelkramerbussel on July 30, 2009

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