Anonymous Sex

A Conversation between Co-Editors Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

$40, $30 mbrs. (discounted price will display for Studios members upon login)
*price includes a copy of the book Anonymous Sex

Limited capacity

Helmerich Theater, 533 Eaton St.

PLEASE NOTE: you will be required to provide proof of a recent negative Covid test, or of full Covid vaccination, to attend this program, as it is indoors. Masks required. Click here for details on the Covid-19 precautions we’re taking.

Hillary Jordan

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About the Event

On March 9, bestselling novelists Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan join The Studios for a special evening in celebration of their recently released, co-edited book, ‘Anonymous Sex,’ a bold collection of stories that leaves you guessing who wrote what. It’s an exploration of the diverse spectrum of desire, anonymously written by 27 authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, PEN Awards, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Edgar Award, and more.

Joined by special guests, and peppered with readings by Elena Devers and Stephen Kitsakos from the provocative collection, Jordan and Tan discuss their inspiration for the book, their approach to tackling an often-taboo subject, the joys and challenges of compiling an anonymous anthology (particularly during COVID), and how they selected contributors who would represent a wide range of experiences and voices.

Hillary Jordan
Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound and When She Woke as well as the digital short “Aftermirth,” all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. She also co-created and co-edited, with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, the groundbreaking erotica anthology Anonymous Sex, from Scribner. Hillary’s stories have been translated into 15 languages.

When she’s not scribbling away, Hillary teaches the occasional writing workshop and gives talks at colleges, literary festivals, and community libraries. She has a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She grew up in Dallas, TX and Muskogee, OK and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, along with half the writers in America.

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of Sarong Party Girls” (William Morrow, 2016) as well as “A Tiger In The Kitchen: A Memoir of Food & Family“ (Hyperion, 2011). She is the co-creator and co-editor of “Anonymous Sex” (Scribner Books, 2022) and editor of the fiction anthology “Singapore Noir“ (Akashic Books, 2014).

She was a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun. Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, The (Portland) Oregonian, The (Topeka) Capital-Journal and The (Singapore) Straits Times among other places.

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