We feature only authors who are parents – and one of the unique questions parents who write must ask themselves is “how do I write a sex scene knowing that my kids might read this?” Our November Salon will discuss these and other touchy subjects with these four brave authors — whose excellent books sizzle with risqué scenes. Join us on Veteran’s Day at the Andaz Wall Street, Lower Level at 7pm, Tuesday, November 11th.
Paula Bomer is the author of the collection, Inside Madeleine, the novel Nine Months, which received exuberant reviews in The Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and elsewhere. Her collection, Baby and Other Stories, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, calling it a “lacerating take on marriage and motherhood…not one to share with the Mommy and Me group”, Kirkus Review deemed it “a worthy, if challenging, entry into the genre of transgressional fiction”, and O Magazine referred to it as a “brilliant, brutally raw debut.” She also is the publisher of Sententia Books and edits Sententia: The Literary Journal.
Jonathan Papernick is the author the story collections There Is No Other and The Ascent of Eli Israel. His work has appeared in Night Train, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, Nerve, Folio, Failbetter, The Drum, Confrontation, The Reading Room and Post Road as well as numerous anthologies. He is currently at work on his third collection of stories Gallery of the Disappeared Men and is revising a novel about a con man who sells the Brooklyn Bridge. He recently released a limited-edition mini-collection of erotic stories entitled XYXX. His novel The Book of Stone will be published by Fig Tree Books in 2015. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.
Vica Miller is a native of St. Petersburg (Russia) and a New Yorker for over two decades. She is the author of the debut novel, Inga’s Zigzags, and the founder of the Vica Miller Literary Salons, a chamber reading series held at select NYC art galleries, featuring both published and unpublished authors. She has written for Vogue Russia,Internet, Matador and Tennis Week. Her short stories have appeared in The Jet Fuel Review, Asymptote, The Linnet’s Wings and Thrice Fiction literary journals. She has also published a book of poems, and is currently at work on her second novel, The Shadow of a Blue Doll.
Amy Sohn is the author of the novels The Actress, Motherland, Prospect Park West, My Old Man, and Run Catch Kiss. She has written for The New York Times, Slate, Details, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other publications, and penned columns for The New York Press and The New York Post. She was a contributing editor to New York Magazine for six years, where she wrote the columns “The Naked City,” “Mating,” and “Breeding.” She has written screenplays and television pilots, and also co-created, wrote, and starred in one of the first shows on the Oxygen network, Avenue Amy. This is her second appearance at Pen Parentis. (Photo credit for Amy: Piotr Redlinski)