Shawna Kenney’s Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers!

Monday, May 5, 7:30pm
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission


Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From a Vonnegut-inspired tryst to an imaginary ménage à trois with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, the book encompasses a veritable buffet of literary fantasies.

Whether they’re conjuring Junot Díaz between the sheets or dreaming of a modern-day enactment of Wuthering Heights—this time refusing Edgar in favor of lusty, bodice-ripping nights with Heathcliff—the stories in Book Lovers are designed for readers’ brains and bodies.

Includes contributions from Izabella St. James, Slash Coleman, Trina Calderón, Cara Bruce, and Stephanie Auteri. Come to CSC to enjoy readings and buy the book! No charge—donations gratefully accepted to defray the cost of the space.

Joining Shawna at this book launch party/reading:
Michelle Gonzales(Oakland)
Trina Calderón
Jay Xuret (SF)
Chelsey Drysdale
Assia Fengari

Author Bio: Shawna Kenney is the author of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, which has enjoyed international translation and a television development deal. She also co-authored Imposters, a book about celebrity impersonators.

Kenney’s work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Bust, Juxtapoz, Alternative Press, The Baltimore Sun, The Florida Review, and on the Ms. blog, among others, and her essays appear in numerous anthologies. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a BA in film from American University.

Kenney lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Visit her website at

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