Friday, May 30, 2008
Last night was my book launch and signing at Buli cafe, and it was fabulous! Thank you so much to everyone who came. And an extra special thanks to Scott Whittal for hosting the party and for the amazing cake. It was gigantic and had an image of the book's cover right on it. And to top it off, over-size, faux engagement rings were nestled in the surrounding frosting. I loved it and so did everyone in attendance. The best part was it was as delicious as it was pretty.
I signed lots of books and had some really fascinating conversations. It definitely was the perfect kick-off for my reading and media tour.
Posted by Jenny B at 8:38 AM
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, the Governor of California is receiving large numbers of phone calls from the supporters of "Limits on Marriage" (the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California) about his comment to a group of Log Cabin Republicans that he would NOT support a constitutional amendment.
We don't want him to go back on his word.
He must hear from us too.
To voice your support for the Supreme Court decision establishing the right to same-sex marriage:
1) Call 1-916-445-2841.
2) Press 1, 5, 1, 1 at the prompts.
3) Hang up and tell all your friends and family that they need to call too.
It literally takes less than a minute and is completely automated. It would be so sad to take two steps back after we've finally taken such an important step forward.
Posted by Jenny B at 1:56 PM
Friday, May 23, 2008
There's a very nice piece by Daniel Kusner in this week's Dallas Voice about my new book, "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage." You can read it on the Dallas Voice site or grab a copy from newsstands if you're in the area.
You will also find two amazing (and one awful) review of "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage" at Amazon. Be sure to check them out. The writing and the content are really stellar. Thank you so much to "K. Walker" and "Shodanart."
In addition, there's a fabulous review at Powell's Books, also incredibly articulate and generous. Many thanks to "sociologist." You can read it at the powells.com website.
I had a wonderful interview this morning with writer Carly Milne. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out her heart-breaking and mind-opening memoir, Sexography.
Posted by Jenny B at 11:44 AM
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Richmond magazine is running a Q & A with me in their June issue. You can check it out online at their site or pick one up at the newsstands if you live in the area.
I used to live in Richmond, Virginia, which is why they're running it. It's a really nice piece and mentions my new book, "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage" right in the opening paragraph.
Posted by Jenny B at 12:23 PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Well, I can hardly believe it. But I walked into a Barnes and Noble in Chicago, IL on Saturday and there was my new book, "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage." It was right on the front "New Non-Fiction" table in between Willie Nelson's and Ariana Huffington's books. It's already shipping from Amazon too. When you get a chance to read it, I hope you'll stop by my site and let me know what you think. From all the national press the book and the topic of polyamory in general is getting, I'm starting to think that being open just might not be so "alternative" after all...
And speaking of not so alternative anymore - Three cheers for California where gay marriage is now legal. It's about time. Now, if we could just get the rest of the country to follow suit as well as keep the anti's from over-turning it. For the whole low down and ways you can help, check out the Human Rights Campaign website.
Posted by Jenny B at 8:19 AM
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Be sure to check out this month's issues of Glamour and Marie Claire. Both contain Q & A's about me and "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage."
Make sure you sign up for my newsletter at www.jennyonthepage.com. The second edition goes out tomorrow and the drawing for a signed copy will take place on the official release date, June 1.
Amazon is now showing the book as "in stock," so orders should be going out soon!
Posted by Jenny B at 11:08 AM
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I received two very nice reviews from two separate reviewers at Library Journal. (They have a new "Tag Team Review" component and "Open" is number 4 in the series.) Here are a few highlights:
"Is Open an engaging read, likely to promote discussion and perhaps heated debate? Certainly."
"Block skillfully blends her story with research on sexuality, monogamy, adultery, and divorce (sources wisely appended). She makes compelling arguments against the biology of monogamy, argues that our modern configurations are a recent invention (post 1940), and cites adultery and divorce rates of 40 to 50 percent...This honest and compelling memoir should spark a respectful dialogue about the underground status of open marriages. Some readers will feel relief, many will be aroused or curious, and others will definitely be insulted."
"This is brave, brave stuff, colleagues. Buy it. Read it. Love it, if you can."
Posted by Jenny B at 8:59 AM
Thursday, May 1, 2008
It wasn't a full-on rave. But it wasn't too bad either. Here are the highlights:
"She writes movingly of how her perfect marriage unraveled...Block is unstintingly honest in her depictions of an open marriage's sexual and emotional entanglements...Readers are likely to be challenged and provoked by this book's insights into the surprising fluidities in fidelity and sexuality."
If you want to read the whole thing, you can find it on the Publishers Weekly site. Just scroll down on this page till you hit it.
I'm told that around 300,000 books are published a year and only 7,000 a year are reviewed by Publishers Weekly. Not too shabby...
Posted by Jenny B at 8:21 AM