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The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature

Wednesday, September 24 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Rines Auditorium
Audience: Adults, Seniors

big bookJoin local sexuality educator and owner of Nomia’s Portland’s first women owned and operated sensuality boutique, Gina Rourke and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel in a conversation about the role that erotica plays in literature, in the lives of readers, and in society.  Bring your questions, your book recommendations, your opinions about 50 Shades of Grey and join a Banned Books Week discussion about “The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature.”  This discussion will be held on Wednesday, September 24th a 7:00pm in the Rines Auditorium.

This program is sponsored by the Portland Public Library’s City of Readers Team and Choose Civility chapter who work to create meaningful conversations and dialogue at the library.  Interest in erotica spiked after the publication of 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James in 2011. “50 Shades of Grey has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has brought patrons into the Library looking for similar titles, a genre libraries are not known to specialize in.  City of Readers leader Jim Charette is curious to learn what it is that patrons most enjoy about 50 Shades, and what else to recommend, while also wondering what critiques might be offered of the book.   This event explores the larger genre of erotic literature from the perspective of both reader and writer.”

Rachel Kramer Bussel will offer a writing workshop, for a fee, on Tuesday September 23rd – contact Nomia for more information 207.773.4774.