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‘Big Sex, Little Death’ captures life of feminist sexpert Susie Bright

Author Susie Bright

Susie Bright is grateful President Barack Obama is not in Atlanta today. He's been making the same stops as her book tour for her memoir "Big Sex, Little Death" and wreaking all kinds of havoc.

"He's been stalking my tour. Holding up my plane, gridlock on the roads. It's been a mess," she says with a sigh.

Bright, famously known as "Susie Sexpert" from her days as editor of "On Our Backs," the feminist lesbian porn magazine, stops in at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse today to read from her new memoir. This memoir differs from other autobiographical books Bright has written because it casts a long glance back over her life instead of writing about the here and now.

In fact, while writing "Big Sex, Little Death" over the past few years, Bright said she relived moments even more clearly than when they occurred.

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Photographer Tim Hailand and friend Jake Shears visit Outwrite this week

Counting Rufus Wainwright, Jake Shears and Daniel Radcliffe among friends makes Tim Hailand an icon in his own right, but it's the household names that take focus in his "One Day in the Life Of" series.

Hailand, who's openly gay, brings the latest of his photo books "One Day in the Life of Jake Shears" to Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m.

Better yet, Shears himself will be on hand to sign and discuss the book as well. The Scissor Sisters perform later that evening at the Tabernacle.

"One Day in the Life Of Jake Shears" is the third in Hailand's series, following the publication of similar sets with Radcliffe and Wainwright. Next on the list is gay rugby player Gareth Thomas.

In an email interview with the GA Voice, Hailand discussed what goes on behind the lens and why, despite covering Wainwright, Shears and Thomas, his books aren't "One GAY in the Life."

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Author Jodi Picoult explores a lesbian couple’s quest to have children

Author Jodi Picoult's latest novel focuses on lesbian couple in pursuit of a baby

The news best-selling author Jodi Picoult received while writing her latest novel,  “Sing You Home,” wasn’t exactly a surprise.

The novel, Picoult’s eighteenth, was released earlier this month and debuted at #1 on both the USA Today and New York Times book lists. It introduces Zoe, a music therapist who is divorced by her husband, Max, after their long-awaited baby is stillborn. After years of infertility, Max retreats into alcoholism and later a fundamentalist church, while Zoe stumbles through her days in a blur until Vanessa — a school counselor who just happens to be a lesbian — helps her find joy again.

In Picoult’s gently crafted romance, Zoe falls in love with Vanessa. After a Massachusetts wedding, the two women set out to have a baby using the embryos Zoe froze during her marriage to Max.

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New Jane Lawless tale a worthy addition to lesbian mystery series

Author Ellen Hart

Your accountant is so proud of you.

Like the good saver you are, you’ve tried to invest a little money here or there. A few acres of land, maybe. A good education for you or the kids. Perhaps you’ve even stuck a buck into stocks or bonds for the future.

If Chester “Chess” Garrity had his way, you’d invest in antiquities. He’s got valuable loot on his hands and in the new book “The Cruel Ever After” by Ellen Hart, he needs to get rid of it, pronto.

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Roseanne speaks out on gay family, gay friends during reading from new book

Comedian Roseanne Barr reads from her latest book at Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Comedian, actor, writer and 2012 presidential candidate Roseanne Barr held court at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse Wednesday night as she read from her newest book, “Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm,” and answered questions from some of her more passionate fans.

Sandwiched between other appearances and boarding a flight, Barr’s dramatic reading of “Roseannearchy” was punctuated with moments of ad-libbed commentary as she read from a section about her family’s weddings.

“Jenny, my big legged daughter,” Barr read before looking up from the pages and explaining, “She’s so pissed, she’s so pissed at this, I have to say I’m afraid she’s going to sue me on it,” before detailing how her efforts to make her daughter skinny may have had the opposite effect.

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Put a little ‘Shakesqueer’ in your life

Fresh off a successful night with Roseanne Barr, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse presents Shakespeare expert Madhavi Menon to discuss and sign copies of her new book, “Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the...
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Comedian, author Roseanne Barr visits Outwrite Wednesday

Roseanne Barr comes to Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Roseanne Barr, comedian, author and now farmer, has written a third book, "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm," and visits Atlanta next week.

Gay and straight fans of the the star will have a chance to meet the actress and author in Atlanta when she drops in at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. for a book signing.

Let's hope the roads are completely cleared by then so Roseanne can make a safe trip to the city. Read about how those looking to cure their cabin fever caused by the major snow storm that hit Atlanta this week made their way to Outwrite, which has remained open throughout.

Last night the comedian/actress/author/farmer appeared on "Chelsea Lately" to discuss how she loves drinking while writing, which, she says, helps bring out the inspiration.

Check out the video clip of Roseanne on "Chelsea Lately" here.