by Jonathan Papernick
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50 Shades of Hot: A Night of Erotica to Make You Blush

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This event includes a book signing


February 14, 2014
8:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Join Harvard Book Store and local Boston authors Jon Papernick, Steve Almond, and Lana Fox this Valentine's Day for a look at some of their more unrated work. 

Jon Papernick is the author of the short story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel and There is No Other, as well as the novel Who by Fire, Who by Blood. His mini-anthology Five Stories High and Rising is available exclusively from the Harvard Bookstore. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College. Papernick is also known by his pushcart bookselling alter-ego Papernick the Book Peddler. The five stories in his latest collection, XYXXare shot through with lust, adultery, desire, sex and all of the struggles and complications of eros in the modern world.

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, many published with the help of our very own Espresso Book Machine

Lana Fox is an author and activist whose stories about sex and sexuality have been published in numerous books and magazines. She is the author of Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee. Her literary erotica has been featured in several anthologies including Best Women's Erotica 2011 and Best Bondage Erotica 2012. She is the Senior Editor and Publisher of Go Deeper Press. 

From Steve Almond's "WHY I WRITE SMUT: A MANIFESTO":

  1. Because I’ve devoted perhaps eighty percent of my adult waking hours to thinking about sex, and it seems dishonest to pretend otherwise in my work.
  2. Because human beings are never more alive to their own hope and shame and fear than when they are naked and aroused, and because the same must therefore be true of our characters, who are nothing more than poorly disguised versions of ourselves.
  3. Because I’m really tired of seeing sex used to sell SUVs and underarm deodorant and crappy light beer, rather than being portrayed as a natural and sometimes even holy human endeavor.

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Jonathan Papernick
Jonathan Papernick

Jonathan Papernick

Jonathan Papernick is the author the story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel and There Is No Other. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including, NervePost RoadGreen Mountains ReviewNight TrainBlunderbuss, Folio, and Confrontation. His work had been anthologized in Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the EdgeScribblers on the RoofThe Moment, Sudden Flash Youth and Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. Papernick has taught fiction writing at Pratt Institute, Brandeis University, Bar Ilan University, Emerson College, and GrubStreet Writers.

Lana Fox
Lana Fox

Lana Fox

Lana Fox writes in a variety genres, under two names. As Lana, she is Co-Founder of the sex-positive Go Deeper Press, and has published erotica in numerous collections. Her novel, Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee, is published by Harper Collins, and her non-fiction appears in magazines such as Boston Magazine, MyYogaOnline, and Spirituality & Health. Under her other name, she is an award-winning literary writer whose work appears in magazines such as Narrative, Salamander, and the Yalobusha Review. Lana runs an online self-love course entitled the Mermaid Voyage, and works as a confidence coach for writers at Here Booky Booky and Grub Street. She is represented by the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and can be found at LanaFox.com, GoDeeperPress.com, and her spirituality blog, Follow the Signs Like Alice.

Steve Almond
Steve Almond

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times best sellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mysteries, and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.

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