Thursday, November 8, 2012

snapshots from my tour in europe

Me at the launch party at the film festival in Berlin flanked by filmmakers
Ingrid Ryberg, Nenna, Erika Lust and Jennifer Lyon Bell
I am back! And my After Pornified book has now officially been launched, with copies available in the US and Europe both in paperback and eBook for Kindle (purchase here). I've really enjoyed all the events so far, both here in the US and in Europe, even if touring overseas was exhausting with all the traveling and packed schedule all the while jetlagged. It was great to connect with so many new groups of audiences and people who also care about sex-positivity and sexual empowerment for women and men.

The panel discussion at Mail & Female in Amsterdam was a really positive and stimulating event. Attended by an intimate audience, including independent erotic filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell of Blue Artichoke Films and Dutch golden age filmmaker Willem van Batenburg, the discussion was video recorded for Mail & Female's from where you'll be able to watch it once it's edited and up. I'll also share it here together with photos that were taken at the event.

She Said, Brighton
The "evening with the author" at She Said Erotic Boutique in Brighton was attended by the most spirited crowd; I'd forgotten how lively Brits like their debates. It was a pleasure to also have Britain's first female porn director Anna Span in the audience together with her husband. Nicci Talbot from Rude Magazine was there reporting on the event, as was journalist Emily Dubberly with her deputy editor Mia More of Cliterati Magazine.

The official launch party at the film festival in Berlin at Cinema Moviemento was definitely a highlight. In short, I was really pleased with it all, including the great turnout of people (who in fact had to pay to come hear me read from my book and still packed the place), the audience's reception of my reading and presentation, and the thoughtful discussion afterwards. It was really lovely to have several of the filmmakers I present in my book present at my party, including Jennifer Lyon Bell, Ingrid Ryberg, and last but not least Erika Lust whom I've known since we met in Oslo back in 2006. She and her husband and I got to catch up after the launch party over cocktails at Soho House where they were staying.

Presenting at Cinema Moviemento, Berlin
Signing books
People lingering
My tour ended where it began in Amsterdam with a press meeting hosted by Dusk!, a TV channel solely devoted to providing erotic material to straight women, and in fact the only channel of its kind in the world. Events organizer Marije Janssen of Get-a-Room! Events was in charge of introducing me and Q&A'ing me after my presentation. This event was also video recorded; I'll share as soon as I receive the final edit.

Café Boulevard, Amsterdam
Dusk! director Liesbet Zikkenheimer, Marije, Jennifer, up-and-coming indie pornmaker Gala Vanting and I concluded the evening with dinner at a lovely vegetarian restaurant.

From the left: Marije Janssen, Liesbet Zikkenheimer, me (Anne G. Sabo), Jennifer Lyon Bell, and Gala Vanting
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