"Fifty Shades of Grey," the New York Times bestselling erotic fiction, has been called "mommy porn" and the author will be in New Haven on Wednesday night.
Nearly 1,000 women will be heading to New Haven's Omni Hotel, where E.L. James, the author of the best-selling novel, will be for a girls-night-out event.
The bookstore has rented out the entire ballroom, according to its Facebook page, and Roxanne Coady, of the bookstore, will interview James.
In a few short months, James has snagged a seven-figure contract with Vintage Books, and Universal Pictures and Focus Films have purchased the rights to all three books in the trilogy about an unworldly college student who begins an unusual romantic relationship with a wealthy young businessman.
The romance between main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey is surprising because of its unconventional nature: Grey asks Steele to sign a contract, and she agrees to be his "submissive" and to partake in a range of erotic activities. The stories were first published online, and as word of mouth spread, droves of people — many of them not traditional readers of romantic or erotic fiction — began downloading them on iPads and Kindles.
James has a mostly female following, though men have been asking up for autographs as well.
As you can imagine, tickets sold out fast for the event and book signing.