And Then…They Were Naked Girls.
I want to begin by congratulating all of the beautiful, fearless women that bared it all that evening. Each and every one was truly amazing and I am honored to have shared the stage with them. The selections that were brought to the table definitely made for a nice, eclectic set. Many of the readings had to do with nudity in one way or another, which, of course, was very suiting. It was pleasing to see books that I had previously read and enjoyed and also quite exciting to be exposed to some works that I had never heard of before.
There were books of poetry which included Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, pieces about sexuality such as Full Exposure by Susie Bright and a very personal excerpt from one of the Naked Girl’s very own Dating Diary – a collection of casual sex encounters. Talk about DARING!! You’ve gotta have a set of steel ovaries to get in front of a group of strangers and read that!
We had the pleasure of having And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson read to us. Despite the fact that this is a children’s book (yes, a children’s book), it was the most challenged book of 2006, 2007, and 2008 AND the most banned book of 2009. This is really a charming story that has won many, many awards but is sadly thought of to be very controversial by conservative religious groups. Staying within the realm of children’s books, we also heard The Robber Bridegroom by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Considering the dark nature of most Grimm works, it’s debatable (in my mind, at least) which types of children’s books should be classified as challenged or banned. I’m just saying….
It was also wonderful to take in a novel by an author I adore. We listened to an excerpt from 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Marquez has always been able to leave me speechless.
As being a host to the show with Michelle L’amour, I had to select readings for the girls. It’s super fun to be able to choose whatever tickles your fancy and have it read to you by a beautiful naked women. Yep, I really liked that bit. The challenging part, however, was decided who read what. I had selected works from Anais Nin, Charles Baudelaire, Roald Dahl, Anthony Bourdain, and Jenna Jameson. Luckily for me, and the Naked Girls, the pieces were well received and thoroughly enjoyed.
In a contest, sadly, there can only be one winner. She won many hearts as she read, with great enthusiasm, from Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski. The delivery was brilliant, the selection unique, and it brought everyone in the room to a great round of laughter. I learned earlier that evening that she was also a big fan of Anthony Bourdain (my number one silver fox, I might add) and I decided that she would be the one to read from The Nasty Bits.
The winner, the lovely Ray Ray Sunshine took home an amazing prize package and will also be featured in next month’s Naked Girls Reading.
At this event, we were also blessed to have The Book Bike in attendance. To say that I am head over heels in love is an understatement. Please, please, please check out this amazing traveling library. The Book Bike is a custom-built tricycle stocked with 200 lbs of free books. Since July of 2008, the Book Bike has been responsible for placing over 3,000 new and used books into peoples’ hands. Weather-permitting, you’ll find the Book Bike at Chicago public parks on the weekends; anyone who wants a book is invited to take something home to read.
I’m super excited to say that The Book Bike will be at our next event! See you then!!