Our second event is author-heavy, with novelists, memoirists and journalists ready to share their most intimate sexual thoughts and feelings with you. The theme of the evening is “Confessions,” as interpreted by Jenny Block (Open), who wrote a compelling memoirs about her path to an open marriage; Regina Lynn (Sexier Sex), whose book can tell you a thing or two about deepening your sexual self; Maggie Marr (Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club), whose novels about women in Hollywood will make you blush; Rob Roberge (More Than They Could Chew), who enjoys the looks on people’s faces when he tells them about his sordid past; and Eugene Robinson (Fight), who routinely finds cross-sections between scrapping and sex. Author’s books will also be on sale.
In the Flesh: L.A. (the West coast version of In The Flesh founded by Rachel Kramer Bussel) is a monthly reading series held the last Thursday of every month at Freddy and Eddy, and features the city's best journalists, authors, scriptwriters and more offering their torrid tales for your entertainment and titillation, hosted and curated by writer/editor Carly Milne (Sexography, Hooking Up, Naked Ambition). From secret dirty confessions to unique sexual insights (and even the odd embarrassment or two), these writers get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Complimentary cookies and cupcakes are courtesy of Schmerty's. The event is free, but a suggested $10 door fee will be donated to the Rape and Incest National Network. In The Flesh: L.A. debuted in May 2008.
Jenny Block writes for a variety of regional and national publications, as well as for the website Huffington Post where she blogs weekly. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including her essay “On Being Barbie” in the book “It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters.” Jenny’s new book, “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” was released June 1 from Seal Press. The inspiration for “Open” stems from her piece, "Portrait of an Open Marriage" which ran in Tango magazine, and was reprinted by Cosmopolitan Germany and The Huffington Post. “Portrait” is also slated to appear in Rebecca Walker's upcoming anthology "Walk This Way: Introducing the New American Family" in the Fall of 2008.
Regina Lynn is the award-winning Sex Drive columnist at Wired.com and the author of Sexier Sex: Lessons from the Brave New Sexual Frontier (Seal Press) and The Sexual Revolution 2.0 (Ulysses Press). She is the Tuesday "Sex in the News" guest on Playboy Radio: Afternoon Advice with Tiffany Granath (Sirius channel 198). Marie Claire magazine called Regina one of the "top five sex experts in the U.S."; she is still trying to shrug off any performance anxiety this accolade might cause. Regina lives in Los Angeles and San Francisco with her dog Jedi and her horse Rockstar. When not researching or writing, she can be found at the barn, just like she dreamed when she was 9. Her birthday is in May but she accepts presents all year. Visit her online at reginalynn.com.
Maggie Marr is a former attorney, turned motion picture agent, turned writer. She divides her time between producing and writing. The author of Hollywood Girls Club and Secrets of The Hollywood Girls Club, Maggie is currently developing a pilot with Mandeville Films and finishing her third novel. She is married and the mother of two. Please visit her at http://www.maggiemarr.com/
Rob Roberge is the author of the upcoming book of stories Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life (Black Arrow Press, scheduled for SEPT, 2008), the neo-noir novels More Than They Could Chew (Perennial Dark Alley/Harper Collins, February 2005) and Drive (re-issue, Hollyridge Press, 2006). His stories have been featured in ZYZZYVA, Chelsea, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Ten Writers Worth Knowing Issue of The Literary Review. His work has also been anthologized in Another City (City Lights, 2001) and It’s All Good (Manic D Press, 2004). He writes monthly columns for myrareguitars.com and sandm.com. Rob also teaches writing at a number of programs in the Los Angeles area, including the Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where he received the Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing in 2003. In his spare time, he plays guitar and sings with the Los Angeles area garage/punk bands The Violet Rays, The Danbury Shakes and LA’s seminal (class of 78) Urinals. He also restores and rebuilds vintage amplifiers and quack medical devices. For news and more info, visit & or email at www.myspace.com/robroberge.
Eugene S. Robinson fights and writes and writes about fighting. All while singing for art brut quartet OXBOW, Robinson's recently penned tough guy tome, Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking [HarperCollins] is everything his long history of writing for GQ, Vice, Grappling, Decibel, the LA Weekly, the SF Weekly, Code, EQ, Skullgame.com, Gladiator, Hustler, Harp, Plan B, et al, would have suggested it'd be: equal parts brutal and amusing. And: not to be fucking missed. At all. We mean even if you have to do your hair that night or something. [http://www.eugenesrobinson.com/]