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Between the Sheets: Sex, Literature, and the Future of Erotic Fiction

Walter Mosley, John Rechy
Moderated by Marsha Kinder, author and cultural theorist
Thursday, February 15, 2007
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Episode Summary
In a society in which sex is both a major obsession and a major taboo, what is the function of erotic literature? Is there a new receptivity to thinking and writing about the sexual dimension? Join two award-winning American writers for a provocative discussion.

Participant(s) Bio
Walter Mosley is the author of more than twenty-five critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and the PEN American Center's Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.

John Rechy is the recipient of two coveted Lifetime Achievement Awards: PEN-USA-West's 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award and The Publishing Triangle's William Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. In September 2000, a CD-Rom of his life and works--Memories and Desire: The Worlds of John Rechy" (produced through the Annenberg Center at the University of Southern California)--debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to an overflow crowd. Last August, Rechy's eagerly awaited novel The Coming of the Night appeared as # 2 on the Los Angeles Times' Bestseller List. His 12th novel marks the author's return to some of the scenes and themes of his now-classic first novel, City of Night.


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