We’re Back! Celebrate Galentine’s Day 2/13 with Reading from SMOKE DRINK F*#K and BEEFCAKES AND CUPCAKES

The innovative, hybrid book publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books will be launching the publication of Smoke Drink F*#k by Esme Oliver at The Daisy NYC, 1641 2nd Ave, New York, NY from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to celebrate Galentine’s Day. This is the first book from their new Hera imprint featuring women over 35 defining who they are.

Esme Oliver, the author of Smoke Drink F*#k, will read an excerpt from the book along with Judi Fennell, author of Beefcake and Cupcakes. The first 50 people will receive a bag of only the best Galentine’s Day goodies from Clipa handbag hangers, bookmarks from Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach Marissa Vicario, Burju Shoes gift certificates and more. Pink cocktails will be served at a special price.

Galentine’s Day is a holiday created by Amy Poehler on Parks & Rec. In the words of her character Leslie Knope, what is Galentine’s Day? “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Smoke Drink F*#k is a novel that showcases the spirit of strong driven women who go after what they want and know who they are,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “It’s the perfect book to launch our new Hera imprint featuring heroines over 35.”

One book a month will be published to the new imprint. To learn more about Hera Books, please visit riverdaleavebooks.com.

About Esme Oliver

Esme Oliver has worked as an attorney, a health-care lobbyist, and a legislative director for two US Senators; work which sharpened her left brain but just didn’t quite fulfill her soul. Esme eventually left DC for her native Midwest, where she now writes grants (for money) and stories (for fun). She enjoys lots of travel and a long list of other activities that pair well with a nice Pinot.

About Judi Fennell

Judi Fennell, is the best-selling author and Prism Award and Golden Leaf winner of romantic comedies and paranormal romance. Her series include The Tritone Trilogy, Bottled Magic, Manley Maids, Once-Upon-A-Time Romance and BeefCake, Inc. Under the pseudonym, Raven Morris, she writes the erotic romance series, Tied With a Bow and Flirting With Thirty. She is the owner/operator of www.formatting4U.com, a service to help authors self-publish their books. Judi lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two-legged and four-legged “menagerie,” and her very supportive fiancé. Check out Judi’s books at www.JudiFennell.com.



Blue Stockings Hosts FREE reading from Queering Sexual Violence Anthology 5/10

Join us for a reading and discussion from the groundbreaking anthology QUEERING SEXUAL VIOLENCE on Tuesday, May 10th at the feminist/activist bookstore Blue Stockings (who have renewed their lease for 5 more years – yeah!).

Buy the book and get it signed by the following readers for the evening presentation:
Samantha Barrick is a poet, performer, writer and educator. She teaches Medical Humanities at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York, and in the Program of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She has facilitated creative resilience and writing workshops with survivors of sexual assault, and has been known to ride her motorcycle around the country sharing her poems in all kinds of venues; big, small, loud, silent, fabulous and awkward. She really likes performing with musicians and other kinds of artists. She is the author of GRIT and tender membrane (Plan B Press), Jelly (a chapbook, Tiger/ Monkey Alliance), and Chap (self published). Her poetry, prose, reviews and interviews have been published in The Ledge Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia City Paper, Off Our Backs, Avalon Magazine, Lesbian Nation, Feminist Review, Edible Vineyard, Manorborn, Moonstone’s Poetry Ink Anthology and Helmet Hair. She has been included in two Uphook Press Anthologies: “you say. say.” and “Hell Strung and Crooked. She lives in New York City and Oak Bluffs, Massachussetts.

Reina Gossett lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and believes creativity and imagination are vital in movements for self determination. She is a trans activist and artist blogging at reinagossett.com. Reina’s writing has been featured in Barnard College’s The Scholar & Feminist Online, as well as Captive Genders: Trans Embodiement & The Prison Industrial Complex, Post Post Script Press and Randy Magazine.

Ida Hammer, MSW, is a writer and lifelong activist living in New York City working with others in the women’s, trans, and LGBQ communities for social change. Her work centers on the well-being of trans women. She started the Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project as a trans feminist initiative to address violence and oppression experienced by trans women. She is a proud dyke-identified trans woman, and an organizer for the New York City Dyke March.

Darnell L. Moore is a writer and activist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire and co-founder of YOU Belong. His writings have appeared in various media and scholarly outlets.

Nitika is a South Asian femme and foodie. She writes from spirit, believes in magic, and dreams her way into truth and beauty. Born in India and raised in Kuwait, she has lived in the United States for thirteen long years. Home continues to be dispersed among hearts.

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is a Black feminist lesbian filmmaker, writer, international lecturer, and activist. An incest and rape survivor, Aishah is the producer, writer, and director of the Ford Foundation-funded, internationally acclaimed, award-winning film NO! The Rape Documentary. NO! explores the international atrocity of heterosexual rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. Subtitled in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia. She credits her 12-year practice of Vipassana Meditation as one of the non-negotiable tools that support her work on gender-based violence issues. She presently teaches in the Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies programs at Temple University, and was both a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and an Erma O’Brien Distinguished Guest Professor at Scripps College. An associate editor of the online magazine The Feminist Wire, Aishah’s cultural work and activism have been documented extensively in a wide range of media outlets including The Root, Crisis, Forbes, Left of Black, In These Times, Ms., Alternet, ColorLines, The Philadelphia Weekly, National Public Radio (NPR), Pacifica Radio Network, and Black Entertainment Television (BET). You can follow her on twitter @Afrolez on Twitter.

Jennifer Patterson is a writer, creative and herbalist who uses words, threads and plants to explore queer survivorhood, the body and healing. She has had writing published in OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, the Outrider Review, and on The Feminist Wire. Jennifer began her anti-violence work as a rape crisis counselor and community organizer in NYC and has facilitated creative writing and fiber art workshops with queer and transgender survivors. With a past-life in fashion design, she now uses her hands to map and mark the body through movable states of (dis)embodiment. Jennifer is also finishing a graduate program at Goddard College focusing on trauma, queer survivorhood, healing, craft, loss, pleasure, pain, embodiment and creative non-fiction.

Blue Stockings, 172 Allen Street, 7:00 p.m.

Blue Stockings Bookstore FREE Reading of Divya Sood’s First Novel, NIGHTS LIKE THIS, 4/29

Alternative mecca and bookstore Blue Stockings will be the site of the coming out reading for Divya Sood’s first novel, NIGHTS LIKE THIS, a lesbian love-triangle that takes place in New York City, Philadelphia and India.

The FREE reading will take place on Friday, April 29th at 7:00 pm at the Blue Stockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. The author will talk about the experience of writing this novel, as well as the need for diverse characters in LGBT fiction, especially in the South Asian community.  There will also be a question and answer opportunity with the author after the reading.

Read an interview with the author below:




Between the Covers Goes to Vegas!

Riverdale Avenue Books Partners with the Erotic Heritage Museum in Vegas for “Between the Covers” Erotic Reading Series

Las Vegas, NV – April 15, 2016 – Riverdale Avenue Books’ erotic romance and erotica book reading series, Between the Covers will be hosting a special reading night at the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 17th featuring some of the leading romance writers of our time. This event comes as the culmination of the week-long Romantic Times convention, which has brought 200 romance readers and writes to Las Vegas to celebrate this creative genre.

The erotic romance reading will feature six best-selling authors who will read their favorite smutty passages from their novels. The event will also features prize packages and autographed copies of the authors work in the Between the Covers signature Dirty Word Raffle for free books and prizes.

The readers at this erotic reading will be USA Today bestselling author Renee Rose who will read from her mafia spanking series; Lambda-Award winning Debra Hyde, who will her lesbian retelling of the Sherlock Holmes series; Bestselling ARE and Siren author Trinity Blacio who will read a selection from her taboo-breaking paranormal stepbrother series; Kate Allure, who will red from her collection of doctor/lawyer smut; Louisa Bacio, who will read from her daring tales in Sex University; and Theresa Roemer who will tell us HOW TO GET NAKED IN 30 DAYS.


“Between the Covers” features a unique dirty word raffle where each participant is encouraged to write their favorite dirty word on a piece of paper (with initials because dirty minds think alike).  The April 17th reading will feature raffle prizes from Last Kiss, Romantic Times, and Theresa Roemer’s erotic candles.


“Authors of erotica and erotic romance don’t often get the chance to read at the local bookstore or library, so we are pleased to offer an opportunity for them read to their fans,“ said Lori Perkins, Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books and an a erotica author herself.

The Erotic Heritage Museum is located at 2375 Sammy Davis Jr., Blvd (formerly) Industrial Rd. The readings will begin at 5:00 pm and there will be a $10 cover charge

Between the Covers Hosts First Time Novelist Gabby Rivera Reading JULIET TAKES A BREATH at Blue Stockings 3/26

Help Latina feminist novelist Gabby Rivera celebrate the publication of her amazing coming of age first novel with a reading and Q & A at Blue Stockings, 172 Allen St., 7 pm

The just-published queer first novel, Juliet Takes a Breath features a young, newly out Puerto Rican protagonist, Juliet Milagros Palante who is obsessed with her first feminist book. Juliet contacts the author, Harlowe Brisbane, and sets up a summer internship. Out of the Bronx, and off to Portland, Oregon, Juliet confronts white feminism and coming out to her family while navigating the world of queer politics.

“Exuberant and gorgeous debut novel…hilarious and charming..So much to relate to as queer POC trying to make sense of the broader queer and feminist communities.”

Roxane Gay, NY Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist

“Even if Holden Caulfield was born in the Bronx in the 1980’s, he could never be this awesome.”

–Inga Muscio, author of Cunt




Riverdale Publication Party for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out

Join us on Monday October 19th for the publication party for this classic anthology with readings from the text by:

Sheilah Mabry, poet and activist

Matthew Sandusky, lover of literature, traveling, hiking, and soccer – and yes, in that order – and a Southerner in self-imposed exile in New York currently in my apprenticeship of becoming a professional bisexual. I have been in a very loving and supportive relationship with my girlfriend of sixteen years and we are the proud parents of an eleven year old black cat.

Lori Perkins, Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, which win Bi Publisher of the Year in 2014 from the Bi Writers Association.

Paul Nocera, Facilitator at BiRequest, a NYC based discussion group now just a few years younger than BAON. He was invited to represent Bi NYers at both the 2013 and 2015 White House Bi Summits. He played the role of “digital midwife” in getting the 2nd edition of Bi Any Other Name to print.

and others

An Beal Bocht, 445 W. 238 St., 7:00-9:00 p.m. FREE

As always, we will have our dirty word raffle where viewers can win a digital copy of the book.

The British are Coming!!!! Special BtC on Thursday, Sept. 17th to hear Lucy Felthouse read Smut joined by Erotica Luminaries Laura Antoniou, DL King, Debra Hyde and Mara White

Thursday, September 17th will be a smut-filled night!

Erotica maven and editor Lucy Felthouse joins us from over the pond to read from her most recent work. She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

She will be joined by erotica legend Laura Antoniou, author of the classic Marketplace series, as well as the hilarious Killer Wore Leather murder mystery, and too many fabulous short stories to even begin to list.

Also reading will be DL King, an erotic anthologist of renown, who has actually published many of Lucy Felthouse’s short stories, and will probably publish many more.  She will be reading from her latest work in progress.

Lambda award-wining author Debra Hyde will be reading from her just published lesbian homage to Sherlock Holmes, The Tattered Heiress.

Mara White joins us with selections from her latest steamy work, Maldeamours.  White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

And, of course, we will have our signature “dirty word” raffle with a chance to win signed books and fabulous smutty prizes from our sponsors such as a box of Dude Wipes (don’t leave home without them) and hipsandcurvescorsets.com.

People Lounge, 163 Allen St., 8 pm, FREE, upstairs.

Between the Covers Goes to TESFest!

There will be no downtown reading of Between the Covers this month because we have found that people would rather party with loved ones on the 4th of July rather than hear smut (we are shocked!).

But the show must go on!

So Between the Covers will go to TESFest, the annual gathering of sex positive kinksters from New York held in New Jersey.

The event is not-quite-open to the public, as you have to be a registered guest to attend, but if you are there, please come hear our smut.

Join us for a Midnight reading and performance by some of your TESFest writers.

Undergroundsea will return to Between the Covers with his femdom comedy stylings which were well-received at Geeky KInk in 2013. We can only hope that we may again be graced with his hot leather pants!

Cassandra Park will read new stories.

Pleasure Salon co-founder Selina Fire will share some pages from the lusty tales of her autobiography (30 years in the making).

Graydancer will read from a hot rope bondage story.

And maybe a few more surprise readers!

50 Shades of Between the Covers – Two EXTRA Between the Covers Events 6/19 & 6/22 to Discuss Publication of Grey

Riverdale Avenue Books will host two special events in its Between the Covers erotic romance reading series for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey to come together in New York City to discuss the publication of Grey, the new novel in the international best-selling series. Grey, the fourth novel in James’ best-selling erotic romance series, will be published on June 18th, and will be the story of this kinky romance as told through the eyes of the male protagonist, Christian Grey. Pre-orders for the novel already exceed a million copies. “Every women who read the trilogy is going to be reading this book at the same time. I wanted to gather us together so we could talk about the new book, James’ different approach, and what this series has meant to us culturally since it was originally published,” said Riverdale Avenue Publisher Lori Perkins, who edited Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey for Ben Bella Books in 2013. The first panel and reading will take place on June 19th at People Lounge, 163 Allen Street, at 7:00 and will offer a raffle for a drawing of copies of Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as Riverdale Avenue Books’ titles 50 Shades of Pink, 50 Shades of Gay (#1 on Amazon’s Lesbian and Gay list when published), and The Secret Life of E.L. James, an unauthorized biography by NY Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro. Authors on the panel will include retired porn star Sinnamon Love, Pamela Madsen, attorney Sherri Donovan, former bookseller Stacy Agdern, erotic author DL King, literary agent Katherine Sands and Ms. Perkins, all of whom wrote essays for the Ben Bella anthology. A second panel and reading will take place at An Beal Bocht, 445 W. 238th street, on June 22nd, in Riverdale for fans who live in upper Manhattan, The Bronx, New Jersey and Westchester.