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The Stories of Book Lovers "20 Seconds" -- A grieving couple re-ignites their sex life with the aid of a Kurt Vonnegut story. "Ai, Yunior" -- An intense-but-fleeting romance blossoms over a couple's shared affection for Junot Diaz. "Anais" -- A menage a trois with Henry Miller and Anais Nin, told from the mystery lover's perspective. "Ana Maria" -- A pregnant, married grad student must control her hormonal longings for her professor over round table discussions of Lolita and Fight Club. "A to Z" -- A women's lit professor schools her Cosmopolitan-reading lesbian lover in the joys of literature. "Bibliolatry in Blue" -- A therapist administers sexual healing to a true book fetishist, inspired by One Thousand and One Nights. "Cash for Books" -- A kleptomaniac's hustle peaks in a quick-and-dirty tryst with her favorite handsome young book buyer. "Come Immigrate With Me" -- A sex writer endures awkward intimacy with the wrong guy for the sake of the story. "Descent" -- A sensual take on Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum, featuring bondage, deprivation, and delayed gratification. "Inked" -- After signing a young female fan's arm at a writers' conference, an aging male author finds himself voyeur to her after-party action. "A Little Irish Honey" -- A James Joyce-style romp where Clementina gets her man. "The Longest Unzipping of My Life" -- A young couple lets loose at a sex party, inspired by erotic and sex-positive literature written by the biggest names in the genre. "Marco" -- Two academics passing in the night consummate their attraction over debates about Whitman, Batailles, and Shakespeare. "An Ode to Ass-Licking Park" -- A modern-day seduction via poetry. "Open Letters to Famous Writers" -- Epistolary personal essays to Oscar Wilde, Henry Rollins, and Leonard Cohen. "The Philosophy of Hamilton" -- Two undergrad co-eds woo one another from philosophy class through the library stacks. "Shafted" -- A hard-bodied gay detective mixes business and pleasure, in the style of James Ellroy-meets-Iceberg Slim. "Smut" -- A touchingly personal essay about 1950s-era teens finding sex education in the form of men's mags and pulp fiction. "Text Messages" -- A Hemingway-style, dialogue-driven story of two library patrons developing an "extratextual affair," ignited by the word "whom." "That Sweet Tone" -- A songwriter and fiddle player make sweet music together using Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse as a sex toy. "The Thrillhammer Orgasmatron" -- A nerdy Portlandian attends a Masturbate-a-Thon at an erotica writer's house, hoping to try a new sex machine. "Writing for the Wolf" -- Our Little Red Riding Hood-type narrator flips the fairy tale beast on its stomach, taming him with her words night after night, Scheherazade-style.

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erse through various pop culture lenses.Laurie Stone is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction and has published stories and memoirs in such publications as Open City, Anderbo, Nanofiction, Joyland, The ThreePenny Review, Creative Nonfiction, and The Los Angeles Review, among many venues. She is currently working on The Love of Strangers: Micro, Flash, and Short Fiction by Laurie Stone.Trudi Taylor was born in Scotland from a maternal line of Mediterranean Jews (artists, musicians, and a mathematician) and a paternal line of Viking atheists (policemen, gardeners, and a ship captain). After traveling the world on her father's ship, her family settled in LA (Lower Alabama). When she was thirteen, Trudi won the 8th grade creative writing contest for a short story about falling off the balance beam, and she has been writing ever since.Kristina Wright is a full-time writer and the editor of several erotica and erotic romance anthologies for Cleis Press, including Fairy Tale Lust and the Best Erotic Romance series.Jay Xuret has published many stories online and in print journals, including Stone Path Review, Foliate Oak, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Fiction Vortex, and WORK Literary Magazine. The Committee Room selected his story Ordinary Life" (published by The Citron Review) as the June 2013 Story of the Month."


"Unabashed, playful, and potently erotic, Book Lovers destroys forever the idea that the intellectual and the sensual are two separate and distinct worlds. In these stories, the brain and the body intertwine in a dance that will delight and tantalize anyone who truly understands what it means to fall in love with a book." --Jillian Lauren, author of the New York Times bestseller Some Girls "With Book Lovers, the legendary Shawna Kenney has not just assembled a fantastic, compulsively readable story collection, she has created a whole new genre--Author Porn. Book Lovers is a scintillating anthology, and a must-read for lustful literati of every stripe. Pull the blinds, and crawl between the covers." --Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

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