Laurel Book Store: 2:30-3:30pm

Four women discuss not only how to write about sex, but also feminism, sexuality, and how women are expected to relate to the topic of sex.

LESLIE C. BELL is the author of Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom. A sociologist and psychotherapist who specializes in women's development and sexuality, she maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California.

TRACY CLARK-FLORY is a staff writer at Salon.com. Her work has been published in ElleMarie ClaireWomen’s HealthSan Francisco, and the yearly “Best Sex Writing” anthology. She has appeared on “20/20,” MSNBC, and NPR.

MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY is the author of the young adult fantasy novel Magonia, the dark fantasy/alt-history novel Queen of Kings, and the internationally bestselling memoir The Year of Yes. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Shimmer, and The Journal of Unlikely Entomology.

MELANIE ABRAMS’ (moderator) novel, Playing, has been acquired in Italy, France, Germany, India, and Israel. She teaches writing at UC Berkeley. She is married to the novelist Vikram Chandra