On the Books: Erotica authors have more interesting sex than most people

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According to a new survey, erotica authors have way, way more interesting sex than you. A new poll of 103 erotica authors – 94 percent of whom were female and 89 percent straight – revealed that more than three-quarters had sex based on a scene in their own books and twice as many have practiced BSDM compared to the general population. Be sure to check out the individual answers, where one author confessed to having accomplished the difficult feat of doing the deed “on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World.” In addition to all the sexy hijinks they get up to, they don’t like 50 Shades of Grey that much. On average, they gave it 2.2 stars out of 5. [Melville House]

When BookExpo revealed an all-white panel lineup last April, Twitter exploded with #WeNeedDiverseBooks, which turned into a full-blown campaign for diversity in publishing. At BookCon, author and WNDB founder Ellen Oh announced several new initiatives from the organization, including awards for middle-grade or YA genre novels written by a writer of color, and an initiative in collaboration with National Education Association’s Read Across America program and First Book to promote books by diverse authors in classrooms. “This campaign is far from over,” Oh said. “Let’s call this what it is: a call to arms.” The capstone of WNDB’s new programs is the first Children’s Literature Diversity Festival, to be held summer 2016 in Washington, D.C. [Publishers Weekly]

The annual Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit is betting big on one man: Pope Francis. “Everybody’s got a pope book,” said Michael Lawrence, national sales manager for Orbis Books. In its 23rd year, the exhibit is slipping, with only half as many vendors and buyers as last year (everyone was at the John Green panel at BookCon), but publishers are clearly hoping that Pope Francis’ popularity will lead to a boon in book sales. In fact, a pope biography trend seems to be catching on: Multiple publishers were touting books on John XXIII and John Paul II. [Publishers Weekly]

After scrapping their library revision plans last month, the New York Public Library has come up with a new one. Expected to cost $300 million – half of which is set to be billed to the city – the new plan will include a renovation of the mid-Manhattan branch and a bigger librarian staff. Critics of the former plan said it would cost far more than the anticipated $300 million (same price as the new one), and a recent independent estimate confirmed that it would indeed have cost about $500 million. It was also criticized for proposing to move the historic stacks in the main building to a separate storage site, which the new plan will not do. [The New York Times]

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