Saturday, April 29, 2006

Shocked by Reactions

I was at the Palm Springs Book Festival a week ago, speaking on a panel about life and love after 50 and selling my books. I had thought this would be a perfect venue because of the age of most Palm Springs residents. I was right about the age, but I was shocked by the reactions I got! At every other event before this one, I had heard only enthuastic comments, like "It's about time!" and "Oooooh, I want to read that!" or even, "You should have interviewed me!"

But this time, most people kept their distance when they saw the topic and never opened the book to take a look. Here are some of the comments I heard:

"If I brought this book into the house, my wife would divorce me."

"No-oo-o, I'm done with sex."

"I don't care for men any more and I'm not a lesbian,
so no thanks."

And from one person who promised to come back later:

"I'll slip you the money, but I know a lot of people here and I don't want them to see me buying this book."

I'd love to hear your comments. Do these reactions surprise you?

Fortunately, there were a few brave souls who broke the mold. A group of three women laughed and they all bought copies. (I asked if it was for their book club!)

One man bought the book for his wife, then returned, worried. "What's the worst that can happen when my wife reads this?" he asked.

"She might keep you up all night!" I replied.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Menopause The Musical

Please note new date!

Come hear Joan Price, author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty, and see the hit show Menopause the Musical at San Francisco's Pier 39 on Thursday, October 5, 2006!

Hear Joan: 6:45-7:30
See the show: 8:00 – 9:30

All for only $41.50 (a $5 savings over the regular show price) -- and you'll get a complimentary glass of wine!

Joan will offer spicy details, tips and stories about the joys and challenges of women's sexuality after sixty, based on her own experience, interviews with dozens of women, and advice the sex experts want you to know. For more info about Joan, please visit her website at www.joanprice.com.

Then you will be treated to the joyful parody of 25 re-lyricized classic baby boomer hits. The 90-minute show features such chart-toppers as "I Heard It Thru the Grapevine; You No Longer See 39" and the disco favorite "Stayin' Awake! Stayin' Awake!”

To order your tickets:

  1. Go to http://www.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=434
  2. Select Menopause The Musical for Thursday, Oct. 5
  3. Enter the promotional code GGGTin the promotions box to get the special price of only $41.50 (a $5 savings over the regular price).
This special price is only valid for Oct. 5, and seats are limited, so reserve yours now! And remember to arrive by 6:45, even though your ticket confirmation may say 8:00.

9/26 update: Please note: The theater's onling booking had a problem. If you tried to book tickets and the code did not go through to give you the discount, please phone 415-433-3939 and they'll fix it.