Twenty years ago this month, the first volume of Laura Antonoiu’s landmark Marketplace series saw print and set the standard for contemporary BDSM erotica. Laura joins us this month to celebrate this venerable anniversary with guest readers Karen Taylor, david stein, Sassafras Lowrey, and Dl King. She’ll bring rare editions of her books, wristbands, pins, readings, trivia, the Marketplace Codex, and more. Plus, Laura will read from The Inheritor, the upcoming sixth volume of the series.
Doors open at 7 for socializing. Reading start promptly at 8.
The Marketplaces series portrays an elite and secretive world organization dedicated to the auctioning and overseeing of the world’s finest lifestyle slaves, is a touchstone for readers, writers, and fans of contemporary BDSM. The series currently includes five novels (with a sixth planned for 2014), chronicling the adventures of slaves, their owners, and the people who spot and train the slaves.
With the approach of the 20th anniversary of the Marketplace series, author Laura Antoniou opened her world to fans, and edited a fan fiction anthology, No Safewords, which was published by Circlet Press, the current publisher of her Marketplace novels.
Reading this month:
“Laura Antoniou is the Mark Twain of BDSM” – Kate Bornstein
Laura Antoniou has been writing BDSM erotica for over 25 years, beginning with the groundbreaking Leatherwomen anthologies, gay male erotic short stories and the novel Musclebound, and her most recent novel, a comedy murder mystery set in the BDSM community entitled The Killer Wore Leather. She is best known for her groundbreaking Marketplace series, described by the Erotic Lure as “an enticing world… where realistic characters are confronted with questions of trust and duty amidst an ambience of pain and eroticism.” Antoniou plans to continue writing the series for decades to come. To learn more, visit her website, www.lantoniou.com.
DL King contributed a sizzling story to No Safewords that continues the tale of one of the slaves introduced in the first of the Marketplace novels, answering one of those eternal storytelling questions, “whatever happened after the end of the story?” An avid reader and writer of erotica, DL King is the editor of many outstanding erotica collections, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, the IPPY gold medalist Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica, and most recently, Under Her Thumb: Erotic Tales of Female Domination. DL King publishes and edits the erotica review site, Erotica Revealed, which has been referred to as the New York Times Book Review of erotica. Her short stories can be found in many collections that begin with titles such as Best Lesbian, Best Women’s, and Best Ever Erotica. More at DLKingerotica.com.
Sassafras Lowrey contributed a Marketplace tale aching with queer desires hoping to find a place to belong. These themes can be found in many of the stories of this internationally award-winning storyteller, author, artist and educator. Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation’s Berzon Emerging Author Award, Sassfras got hir start writing punk zines in Portland, and has been writing ever since. Hir debut novel, Roving Pack, is a tale set in the gritty underground world of queer homeless youth searching for identity and community. Sassfras also edited the groundbreaking Kicked Out anthology of stories by current and formerly homeless queer youth, considered a top book of the year by the American Library Association. Ze regularly lectures and facilitates LGBTQ/Leather storytelling workshops, and contributes regularly to anthologies and magazines. More on Sassfras at www.sassfraslowrey.com.
In Book Four of the Marketplace series, characters tell each other stories as diversions, lessons, and warnings. Author Laura Antoniou invited only a handful of authors to contribute their unique voices as the tellers of these tales, including david stein. david has contributed to dozens of the magazines that defined the world of gay leather for over 30 years, including International Leatherman, Bound & Gagged, Checkmate/Dungeon Master, Mach, Powerplay, and Drummer. In 1980, david cofounded one of the gay community’s most influential SM organizations, GMSMA, which promoted the phrase “safe, sane and consensual” as applied to S/M relationships, particularly at the height of the AIDS epidemic. His first novel, Carried Away, was published in 2002, and david continues to write and edit, including a collection of short stories entitled Boots, Bondage & Beatings, and a collection of real-life stories of Master/slave relationships entitled Ask The Man Who Owns Him, which won the 2010 National Leather Association’s Non-Fiction Book Award. Learn more about david at http://www.boybear.us.
Karen Taylor first offered to write stories in the Marketplace universe as a courting gift, which demonstrated its success as a ploy when she and Laura Antoniou were married in 1998. She contributed to The Academy: Tales of the Marketplace, which she also edited. Karen has also contributed to a variety of anthologies over the years, most recently to Leather Ever After, edited by Sassafras Lowrey, and Bondage By the Bay: BDSM In San Francisco, and Love That Never Dies: Erotic Encounters with the Undead, both edited by M. Christian. She also contributed a nonfiction piece to the Lambda Literary Award-winning Anthology, First Person Queer, entitled “Daughters of Zelophehad.” She and her wife Laura plan a collaboration of Marketplace short stories, tentatively titled Slaves of the Marketplace.
Mollena Williams is the cover model for No Safewords, the Marketplace fan fiction anthology. While that is more than enough to want to have her participate in the reading, she’s also one heckuva hot writer, performer, actor, and BDSM educator. Mollena is International Ms. Leather 2010 and Ms. SF
Leather 2009. Consciously kinky since 1993 and active in leather and BDSM
since 1996, she travels extensively, speaking on topics including kink, BDSM,
power exchange relationships and negotiating it all safely. Co-author of the award-winning Playing Well with Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities, she is beginning to write and publish short erotic stories, including a turn on the old folktale Tar Baby, which can be read in Leather Ever After, edited by Sassafras Lowrey. Read more about
Mollena at The Perverted Negress.