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Everyone’s talking about….

Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, centring around the BDSM relationship between young, naïve college student Anastasia Steele and rich, powerful Christian Grey, has been in the headlines this week, after Vintage Books revealed that they’ve acquired it for a seven-figure sum, and are planning a 750,000 print run as soon as possible.

The book, which started life as Twilight fanfiction, has become a word-of-mouth sensation, with online coverage everywhere from The Frisky, Jezebel and Feministe, as well as ‘mummy’ blogs all over the world.

It’s caused controversy for it’s sex scenes and sub/dom themes, but overall the reaction seems to be that it’s popularity is a positive trend as it’s getting women talking about and exploring their sexualities.

But what’s your take? Tell us in the comments, or via Facebook or Twitter.

In case you missed it…

On the site this week, we’ve been getting all excited about the launch party for Short Stack, our collaboration with Pulp Press on a collection of the best new pulp fiction written by women.

You can already get the Kindle edition, and the paperback is out in less than two weeks time. To celebrate, we’re having a launch party on Wednesday 28th March at the Tamesis Dock in London. Want to come? There’s a Facebook event here.

Elsewhere on the site this week, we’ve been gushing about Papercut Press, chatting to Dutch tattoo queen Angelique Houtkamp, and discussing our favourite fictional crime-fighting widows.

In other news…

There’s all sorts of literary spring shenanigans going on over the next couple of weeks, starting with tomorrow’s belated International Women’s Day celebrations from CoolTan Arts in London, with a walking tour celebrating Southwark’s revolutionary women.

On April 1st, we’re not fooling (get it?) when we say you should get yourself to Ladyfest East London, where as well as the usual live music, art, and other feminist festivities, there’ll also be a book swap coordinated by our contributor Beulah Devaney.

Also from April 1st until Halloween, Danson House will be home to an exhibition of photography, animation, digital art, papercut sculpture, furniture and film, all inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman‘s gothic classic, The Yellow Wallpaper. For more details about that, head here.

Happy weekend!

Jane Bradley

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