At first Southwood, who considered herself a sexually liberated and progressive minded woman, thought she could handle her fiancé's job assignment. However, she quickly realized how messy love could be when she spent her days at home, searching for jobs and planning a wedding while Robbie dodged body fluids on porn sets and scouted locations at all-inclusive sex resorts.
Although the experience jeopardized her relationship, it also gave her an idea. Just as Robbie had used porn to build his professional credits, Southwood would use the experience to launch her literary career. The resulting memoir, Prude, tells the story of a young couple forced to reexamine their notions of sex and love through the lens of the adult industry.
This year's winner was Manil Suri's novel The City of Devi. The sex scene that earned Suri the win involved a husband and wife, and a young gay Muslim named Jaz:
Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands — only Karun's body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.
Suri had some stiff competition. Below are excerpts from all of this year's nominees.
In April of 2007, Creative Loafing published the first "Poet's Notebook" by Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg. Since then, we've run more than 150 of Peter's columns. His lucid, humane perspective on the world, and the accompanying line drawings by his wife, Jeanne, have won him devoted fans and multiple awards.
Now, thanks to the University of Tampa Press, those fans (Meinkettes? Meinkenians?) can find all their favorite columns in one handy volume: Truth and Affection: The "Poet's Notebook" Columns from Creative Loafing.
If you enjoy local history, are looking for tales to recite around a warm fire, then pick up a copy of Haunted Tampa by Deborah Frethem at Inkwood Books, this Thu., Oct., 17 at 7 p.m. Historian John Cinchett, Fringe Florida chronicler Lynn Waddell, and poet Ginna Wilkerson join writer/historian Frethem for a night of old Tampa lore and spooky rhymes.
A different director — each with her or her own cast and crew — takes on each of the book’s 20 chapters in this episodic adaption, making for a quirky take on queer life in San Francisco’s mid-1990s Mission Hill.
Created in 1982 and celebrated in the last week of September, Banned Books Week aims to bring awareness to international artistic censorship and celebrate freedom of expression.