Amber J. Keyser
The V-Word (SIMON PULSE)
Thursday • February 18 • 7pm
U District store
Reading & Book Signing
For young women, the decision to have sex for the first time is often fraught with emotions ranging from excitement and desire to anxiety, guilt, and uncertainty. In The V-Word, Amber J. Keyser takes on those emotions by sharing honest and poignant essays by 17 women about losing their virginity. Equal parts funny, hot, cringe-worthy, and empowering, the collection reveals the diversity and reality of first-time sexual experiencessome exhilarating and some disappointingthrough essays by trans, gay, bisexual, and straight women, a discussion of media portrayals of sex, and resources for both teens and parents. Joining us for a conversation and signing, Keyser will discuss her bold new book and her desire to empower and inform teens to chart their own course when it comes to sex.
Amber J. Keyser is a former ballerina and evolutionary biologist who writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens. Her young adult novel The Way Back from Broken (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015) is a heart-wrenching story of loss and survival. The V-Word (Beyond Words, 2016) is an anthology of personal essays by women about first time sexual experiences. She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series Quartz Creek Ranch (Darby Creek, 2017).
Her other books include the nonfiction title Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes (21st Century Books, 2015); a picture book, An Algonquin Heart Song: Paddle My Own Canoe (FOAP, 2007); two graphic novels about science, The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom (Capstone Press, 2010) and Decoding Genes with Max Axiom (Capstone Press, 2010) as well as a photo-illustrated nonfiction title, Anatomy of a Pandemic (Capstone Press, 2011).
Amber lives on the dry side of Oregon with her husband, two kids, and a dog named Gilda.
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