E.L. James is coming to town on Thursday. Don't know who she is? Well, 1,343 people are currently requesting her first book, 50 Shades of Grey
, in the Hennepin County Public Library system (and that's not including 393 requests for the audiobook). Back in May, the Times
gave us national attention when it reported 2,121 requests
in the system, a number the paper called "more holds than anyone can remember on a single title."
So, Hennepin County readers like their BDSM literotica. Which could be why James, the breakout British author behind Grey
and the other two books that round out its trilogy, included the Edina Barnes & Noble on a mini-tour of six U.S. cities this month. (Her other stops: Houston, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles).
Feverish fans can start lining up
at 9 a.m. on Thursday in order to ensure a wristband to James's 7 p.m. signing, and stay tuned to see how many desperate housewives of Edina
storm the bookstore (the trilogy's main readership is married women over 30). But while we wait for the queen of "Mommy Porn," there are plenty of places in our state that would put Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, the star couple in the 50 Shades
series, to... if not shame, than at least to greater pleasure.
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