Ernest Greene at Book Soup (January 9)
More than 50 years before “mommy porn” staple Fifty Shades of Grey came out, Story of O was the ultimate tale of female submission. Now, in his new novel Master of O, Ernest Greene has modernized Pauline Réage’s BDSM narrative by writing a version from the dominant’s perspective (complete with bondage and flogging scenes set in present-day L.A.). Greene was the perfect choice to riff on Réage’s classic considering his involvement in over 500 erotica titles and his current post as the Executive Editor of Hustler’s Taboo. He will be discussing and signing his book. More information.
Miranda July at Skylight Books (January 15)
When she isn’t creating a true social media experience for local residents, boasting interactive art, or creating an unorthodox online auction, Miranda July is writing. (Where does she find the time?) Her latest book and first novel, The First Bad Man, is an eccentric story about a neurotic woman with rampant sexual fantasies and is just as quirky as you would expect. July will be reading and signing her book at Mack Sennett Studios, and attendees will get a copy of her book. More information.
Cover: $30 (includes a copy of The First Bad Man)
Talk with Literary Agent Steven Hutson at The Last Bookstore (January 21)
As any struggling author will tell you, it is hard to get published. L.A. literary agent Steven Hutson will be at The Last Bookstore giving tips on what not to say to editors and agents, how to write a query letter, and answering questions about self-publishing and the mechanics of rejected manuscripts. More information.
Karen Bender at Book Soup (January 29)
After the success of her first two novels, Aimee Bender’s big sister Karen is back with Refund:Stories, a collection of short stories that center around money and the way it affects our lives. From swindlers to reality show creators, Bender explores the stock we place (and misplace) in currency. An L.A. native, Bender has set several of this compendium’s stories in our city and will discuss and sign her book at Book Soup. More information.