Thursday, March 30, 2006

Meet Joan in Person

I'd love to meet you! Here are the places I'm speaking, signing, and presenting workshops. Please contact your friends in these cities.

(If you're a member of an organization that would be interested in hiring me to speak or present an interactive workshop, please let me know. See my web page for meeting planners.)

[please see updated schedule here.]


Monday, August 14, 8-10 pm, Good Vibrations, 2504 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA . Workshop for men and women: Ask Me, I'll Tell You: Women and Men Talk about Sex and Aging. For many people, sex and aging are two of the hardest topics to talk about. Add in the challenges of communicating across the genders and it can sometimes seem impossible. But Joan Price, ageless sexuality advocate, and author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty is here to help! In this interactive and fun discussion night, you'll have a chance to get the answers you're looking for. Joan will guide an evening of conversation and discovery, and will help everyone in the room learn from each other. For couples & singles, men & women. If you're 60+, or you plan to be, this workshop is for you. Preregister at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the Berkeley Good VIbrations at (510) 841-8987 . You will need to give the staff your name, phone number, and a credit card number. $25

** rescheduled: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 ** Wednesday, June 7, 6:45-7:45 pm, talk and booksigning before the performance of the fabulously funny "Menopause the Musical" in San Francisco. We'll even get a discount on tickets! (See detailed information in separate post.) Update: that show had to be cancelled because of an air-conditioning failure. We've rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, and there's a separate blog entry about this. Thanks! -- Joan

** TO BE RESCHEDULED ** Tuesday, August 1, 8-10 pm, Good Vibrations, 1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street), San Francisco. Workshop: Straight Talk About Sex After 60 (women only). Yes, sex after sixty has its challenges, but it can also be sizzling and satisfying. Joan Price, ageless sexuality advocate, fitness expert, and author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty will help you face the challenges and celebrate the joys of older-age sexuality. By sharing experiences and learning with other women in a spirit of candor, acceptance, creativity, and humor, you’ll take home new tools, techniques, and attitudes that help women over sixty experience hot, joyful sex with or without a partner. Preregister at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the Polk Street Good Vibrations at (415) 345-0400. You will need to give the staff your name, phone number, and a credit card number. $25.

[updated August 1, 2006]===

Events already completed:

Thursday, January 26, talk and reading, Center for Sex & Culture, 11th & Harrison, San Francisco.

Tuesday, February 7, talk at Sports Club/LA~San Francisco, 747 Market St., San Francisco.

Sunday, February 12, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA. Valentine's event, talk and booksigning.

Monday, February 27, Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty workshop at Good Vibrations, 2504 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA.

Saturday, March 4, talk and booksigning at Early to Bed, 5232 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL.

Sunday, March 5, Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty workshop at Early to Bed, 5232 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL.

Tuesday, March 7, talk and booksigning at A Woman's Touch, 600 Williamson Street, Madison, WI.

Wednesday, March 8, talk and booksigning at A Woman's Touch, 200 N Jefferson St. Suite 101, Milwaukee, WI.

Saturday, April 15, "Meet the Author" Book Party, Pilates Collective, 132 Weeks Way (on the Plaza), Sebastopol.

Saturday, April 22, Palm Springs Book Festival, 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

Tuesday, May 2, talk and booksigning at Babeland, a woman-friendly sexuality shop at 94 Rivington St. (Lower East Side between Ludlow and Orchard), New York City, 212-375-1701.

Saturday, May 6 (open to women and men) & Sunday May 7 (women only), 6:30-8:30 pm, Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty workshop at Venus Envy, 320 Lisgar St., Ottawa, Canada. 613-789-4646.

Thursday, May 11, 7-9 pm, talk and booksigning at Copperfield's Books, 138 N. Main Street Sebastopol, CA, 707-823-2618.

Saturday, May 27, 9-10 pm, talk and booksigning at the San Diego Mensa Regional Gathering, Lake San Marcos Resort, 1025 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos (San Diego), CA.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

"Encouraging advice, and a great love story, too"

Toni Goldfarb, medical writer and co-author of the American Lung Association's 7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life, wrote such a stirring customer review of my book on Amazon.com that I asked her permission to reprint it here. Thank you, Toni!

Encouraging advice, and a great love story, too

If you're trying to decide which of the new "sex over 60" books to buy, definitely choose this one. It is not a step-by-step "how to" book that might offend people, although it does cover every aspect of sexual activity--married, single, solo, gay, straight, young, old, one-night, long-term (50 years and even longer). Instead, the book provides practical, encouraging advice from experts and from ordinary women about the joys of loving relationships, dealing with sexual problems of menopause, loss of interest in sex (or your partner's loss of interest and/or ability), how to approach sex with a new partner, helpful exercises, and even a detailed discussion of sex toys and assistive devices. (I thought these were only for "adventurous" couples, but the book explains how they can make sex possible and more enjoyable for older people).

Plus, this book is also a beautiful love story which could stand on its own, even without all the excellent sex information. The writer chronicles her many relationships, from her first teenage romance (You'll be furious to learn how her father broke up what might have been a lasting relationship), to a succession of sexual affairs, including a short failed marriage. It's easy to see why she had given up on finding true love. But she never gave up on having an active, fulfilling life as a dance and exercise instructor, despite two devastating auto accidents that left her with many scars and lasting injuries.

And then, magic! In the form of a trim, gray-haired, older man she spots in one of her dance classes.

These are true-to-life 60-plus people, not wrinkle-free, gorgeous-body super models, but the story of how their love and sexual relationship blossomed is a real page turner. And be prepared for a few tears when you come to a troubling revelation near the end of the story.

This is a thought-provoking, informative, encouraging book you'll definitely want to share with friends.