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Women’s History Month: It’s Time to Talk About Sex

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from April 24th, 2014 about why it’s time women begin talking about sex and reproductive health.  Men who deal with sexual issues or dysfunctions have a host of pharmaceutical options available to them, and doctors who are ever-willing to pull out their prescription pads. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to…

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Second Chance at Love: How a New Man Turned a Writer’s Nightmare into A Dream Come True

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My whole life I dreamed of what it would feel like to fall in love. Listening to love songs and watching romantic movies as a teenager, I was excited to find my own love story. But the realities of my society slammed hard in my face. I was told that I had to chose someone that would be able to support me properly, someone who was from the same social class as me (or higher), and someone I could get along with. Whether we were in love or not, was immaterial. Over the years, I would look at people on the streets: I saw happy couples holding hands, hugging each other or even giving each other a peck on the…

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The Weekly Round Up: Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Turns 25, #BlackBiblio at Yale Trends on Twitter and Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Pens Memoir

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Our new weekend column on The Weekly Round Up covers all the news in the publishing world! Each Saturday and Sunday, stay abreast of what’s new, your favorite writers, literary events, openings and book signings.  Today Sex with Madonna and musical mayhem rule!  Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Turns 25 Twenty-five years ago, Madonna shocked the world, again, with one of the most “daring” periods of her careers, according to HuffPost writer Matthew Jacobs.  The books Sex and it’s vinyl companion Erotica hit the market on October 22 and 21, respectively, in 1992. Topping The New York Times Bestsellers list, the book sold a phenomenal 150,000 copies its first day.  While it was devoured by fans, critics and the moral compass of our nation—…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 151: Interview with Robin Lovett — Let’s Talk About Sex (in Romance Novels)

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews romance author and DIY MFA Romance columnist Robin Lovett. They discuss the steamier side of the romance novel, and how to craft love scenes full of tension that make the reader want more. Robin lets us into the world of her dark stalker romances, and teases apart the complex intricacies of crafting a great romance novel.   ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading + Community = MFA This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your…

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Author R.G. Belsky Explores the Female Serial Killer in ‘Blonde Ice’

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Author R.G. Belsky is no stranger to thrillers and we have to be honest, some of our favorite crime novels are the Gil Malloy books. Lucky for us, Belsky has returned with the fourth book in the series, Blonde Ice: A Gil Malloy Novel (Atria Books, October 18, 2016) and we are hooked! It’s full of desire, revenge and drama and we couldn’t wait to chat with Belsky about the blonde femme fatale he puts at the center of this exciting book. Belsky was happy to answer some of our burning questions about his latest addition to the Gil Malloy series, Blonde Ice. See what he had to say below! BookTrib: What does the title Blonde Ice refer to? R.G. Belsky: That’s…

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Find Your Groove: 3 Books to Spice Up Your Love Life Before Season 4 of Masters of Sex

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Masters of Sex returns September 11, 2016 on Showtime and the premiere can’t come soon enough. It’s been what feels like an eternity since we last saw Virginia Johnson and Dr. Williams Masters pushing the boundaries of societal norms with their pioneering research in science and human sexuality. The show, which is loosely based on the biography by Thomas Maier of the same name stars Lizzy Caplan (yes, Janis from Mean Girls) and Michael Sheen, follows an intriguing story set in the 1950s and 1960s centered around relationships, sex and paving the way for sexual beings of today. Way ahead of their time, Masters and Johnson use patients, call girls, friends and each other (I ‘ship it!) to navigate and…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Samantha Jayne and Quarter Life Poetry

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The creator of the popular Quarter Life Poetry Tumblr and Instagram tackles real-life truths of work, money, sex, and many other 20-something challenges in this laugh-out-loud collection of poetry. Samantha Jayne knows that life post-college isn’t as glamorous as all undergrads think it’s going to be… because she’s currently living it. At 25, Samantha began creating doodles and funny poems about her #struggle to share with friends on Instagram. To her surprise, these poems were picked up by 20-somethings all around the world who agreed, “This is literally us.” At a time when it seems like everyone else is getting married, snagging a dream job, and paying off their student loans, Samantha’s poetry captures the voice of young people everywhere…

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Women, it’s time to start talking about sex!

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Men who deal with sexual issues or dysfunctions have a host of pharmaceutical options available to them, and doctors who are ever-willing to pull out their prescription pads. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to be told to schedule a date with their husbands, or take a bubble bath. That is, if women can even bring themselves to ask their doctors about their sexual issues. Many women simply remain silent on this topic, despite the fact that almost half of all women experience unpleasant or downright painful sex. Dr. Lauren Streicher wants to help. Her new book, Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Finally Fixes the Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life (HarperCollins, April 22), aims to answer…

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Springtime (and sex!) in Paris

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Springtime—which we all have to believe is approaching—is a good time to go to Paris and fall in love. And of course the next best thing to traveling to the City of Love is to read about someone else’s life there. Whether you’re looking ahead to your own trip, or hoping to live vicariously, we’ve found two new memoirs that should satisfy your craving for all things French. In Inside a Pearl (Bloomsbury, February), author Edmund White shares stories from the fifteen years he spent living in Paris starting in the early 1980s. White—a prolific author of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction, and a cultural critic—was already a well-known writer and interpreter of gay culture when he moved abroad, and his…

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What You Might Not Know About Sex

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We are fascinated by sex. We are titillated too, of course, and often embarrassed, but more than anything else, I believe we are curious. Showtime’s new drama focused on the lives and work of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson is counting on that curiosity. The show, titled Masters of Sex, is based on well-regarded 2009 biography of the same name, written by Thomas Maier and published by Basic Books. It is not the first time that the work of such ground-breaking sex researchers has caught our attention: Masters and Johnson was also the subject of a 1996 A&E biographical portrait titled “Masters and Johnson – The Science of Sex.” And then there is Alfred Kinsey, whose research into…

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