Threesomes, burlesque, elder desire, fetish and sex under the bleachers aren't exactly topics for casual conversation, but they have a home at the new reading series, Ravenous Nights, in New York City. Started in February by editorial director Lori Perkins and hosted by publisher Ravenous Romance, the series celebrates – and elevates – the erotic word by spotlighting authors of erotica and erotic romance.
On the first Friday of every month, Ravenous Nights welcomes authors and the listening public to the Happy Ending Lounge, a one-time massage parlor in the lower east side and now a bar and literary hot spot to gather and enjoy several fictional offerings. The event has already featured such authors as Logan Belle, Caridad Pinero, Laura Antoniou, D.L. King, Abigail Ekue, Cecilia Tan, Michelle Herrera Mulligan, and Mo Beasley, among many others.
As often as possible, Lori brings a mix performers and performances to a Ravenous Nights event. In February, Mo Beasley performed an energetic ode to his favorite fetish, Black Panties, via spoken word, spirited music and hot choreography. And in May, burlesque performer, Jo Weldon, demonstrated the basics of getting one's tassels twirling!
Door prizes are another essential at a Ravenous Nights evening. Lori raffles off as many free books as possible during the event and sometimes the crowd sounds more like they’re at the races than at a reading! But, hey, can you think of a better way to celebrate one's love for the book?
This month’s Ravenous Nights will feature authors Isabo Kelly, Rob Byrnes and Hope Tarr:
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome Street
New York, NY
The event is free and dress is street casual.
Ravenous Night’s website is located at http://ravenous.journurl.com
By Debra Hyde