Wednesday May 20—7:00pm
54 Dundas Street E, Toronto
Live readings by Jason Armstrong and Jon Pressick
An intimate Q&A hosted by #DeliciouslyDisabled Andrew Morrison-Gurza
Video readings by contributors David Henry Sterry, Lux Alptraum, Mollena Williams & Hey Epiphora!
Special performances by Tiny B. Hiney and Poppy St-Viateur!
Books available for sale by Good For Her
—Lynsey G. Lagsalot
“Just be warned that this is a book that will likely make you throw everything you think you know about sex and chuck it out the window. It’s thought-provoking and, in some cases, an emotional read and I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”
The Most Provocative Essays on the Subject of Sex
From the feminism to fisting to sobriety in sexual subcultures, the first volume of Best Sex Writing of the Year: On Consent, BDSM, Porn, Race, Sex Work and More continues the tradition of anthologizing of North American sexuality. Featuring essays that made national headlines alongside pieces that flew under the radar, editor Jon Pressick’s collection renders the social grey area of sex with insight, rigor, and (very raw) candor.
Best Sex Writing of the Year skillfully traverses the spectrum of the contemporary sexual landscape. Blogger Alexandria Goddard reflects on the ways that her coverage of the Steubenville Rape Case “complicated” its court proceedings. Writer and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon explores the ways in which white supremacy impacts queer sexuality. Although sometimes light in tone—as with Charlie Knox’s “Oops, I slept with Your Boyfriend,” or Tina Horn’s fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a San Francisco Bay Area commercial dungeon—the variety of voices address today’s most relevant sexual issues, like Dr. Laura Agustín’s examination of the stigma around the sex industry.
Always thought provoking, these passionate yet incisive essays boldly confront the controversies surrounding our most deeply held assumptions about sexuality. In “Fisting Day,” author and porn performer Jiz Lee explains how repressive attitudes around fisting inspired them to create a whole new holiday around it. David Henry Sterry recounts his first days as an escort with both humor and a surprising tenderness in “When I Was a Birthday Present for an Eighty-Two-Year-Old Grandmother.” From an argument for celibacy to documentation of the most outlandish sexual fetishes, Best Sex Writing of the Year presents the true face of contemporary sexuality, one that is edgy, honest, and always changing.
About the Editor
Toronto-based writer, editor, blogger, and radio personality Jon Pressick has been specializing in topics related to sex and sexuality for more than 15 years. As one of the hosts and producer of Toronto’s long-running sex radio institutionSex City, Jon has interviewed some of the sex community’s biggest names, including Cindy Gallop, Joan Price, Jayme Waxman, Susie Bright, Tristan Taormino, Lux Alptraum, Reid Mihalko, Carol Queen, Dr. Charlie Glickman, and many others.