Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

What does one wear to an E.L. James reading?

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Readings Updated: August 23, 2012 - 10:55 AM

 

E.L. James

E.L. James

 So E.L. James is coming to town, and I'm wondering what everyone will wear. High leather boots? Something grey? Or perhaps a bag over one's head, so as not to be recognized?

James, of course, is the author of the best-best-best selling "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, novels about an innocent young virgin who falls for a handsome millionaire who enjoys bondage.

James, who lives in London, first self-published her work, but it was quickly acquired by Vintage Books and the books have sold more than 30 million copies in the United States since March of this year. It's also a best-seller in Australia and Great Britain, and it might be the first pornography to be sold openly at family-friendly places like Target and given by daughters as a Mothers' Day gift.

(It's important to note, however, that on James' website the books are not called pornography, but "adult romance.")

News reports say that James has recently signed an agreement to produce a line of clothing and underwear based on the book. Oh dear. Perhaps that is what one wears to a James reading.

James will be at Barnes & Noble Galleria at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20.

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