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Body Heat Femme Porn Tour comes to Charis

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A national touring collective of queer femme writers, authors, performers and dancers will gather tonight at Charis Books and More in Little Five Points as part of the Body Heat Femme Porn Tour.

Originally founded in 2007 by writer Kathleen Delaney-Adams, the Body Heat Femme Porn Tour starts at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to run through 10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

In addition to Delaney-Adams, the Body Heat lineup for Spring 2013 features Kiki DeLovely, Frances Varian, Gigi Frost, and Al Schlong/Asha Leong.

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Atlanta lesbian author reveals lessons for success as ‘grown woman’

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Lakara Foster is known to many as the host of the popular Brown Sugar Vibe monthly poetry sessions, but she is also an author and motivational speaker who owns her own business, She Speaks! Inc., a firm that offers workshops and resources to empower women and girls.

Her new book is "The Grown Woman's Guide to Greatness" and is available at the independent feminist bookstore Charis Books & More. She will be discussing the book, its lessons, what it means to be "grown" and how to achieve this success on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-2:30 p.m. at Charlis, located at 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307.

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T Cooper, Amy Ray and Scott Turner Schofield reunite for Charis fundraiser

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“Real Man Adventures” by T Cooper is not a memoir. Really.

“It’s not a memoir! I swear!” Cooper states in an email interview.

His book “Real Man Adventures” (McSweeney’s, $23) includes stories about his life, but is so much more. Besides, Cooper stresses, he’s only 40 and that hardly qualifies him to write a memoir.

“There’s a part of the book where I say that the book is ‘a meditation on masculinity with some autobiographical elements’ — and that’s completely true. I mean, it’s a collage: there’s a bunch of interviews in there, conversations, straight journalism, artwork, a couple poems, letters and some essays,” he says.

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Lesbian author hits mainstream success with trilogy set on the streets of Atlanta

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Amanda Kyle Williams typically begins writing her acclaimed mystery novels with a first scene and then a last scene.

“And then about 110,000 words in between,” she says.

Years after writing lesbian mysteries for Naiad, a small press, Williams has found mainstream success with a series set in Atlanta.

Conceived as a trilogy, the series centers around Keye Street, a Chinese-American former FBI profiler who was fired from her job due to alcoholism. Street now runs her own detective agency and does odd jobs while also consulting with the Atlanta Police Department on some of the more heinous crimes to hit the city.