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Gabriela Wiener with Phillip Lopate at Strand Book Store

  • Strand Books 828 Broadway (& 12th Street) New York, NY 10003 USA (map)

Please join us for a night of conversation between the electrifying Peruvian journalist Gabriela Wiener, author of Sexographies, and legendary critic Phillip Lopate on Thursday, October 11th, from 7:30PM-8:30PM on the second floor of the Strand Book Store. The two will be moderated by fellow Peruvian essayist and editor, Natalia Sánchez Loayza.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Sexographies or a $5 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 2nd floor Art Department at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Sexographies is an eye-opening, kamikaze journey across the contours of the human body and mind. In fierce and sumptuous first-person accounts, renowned Peruvian journalist Gabriela Wiener records infiltrating the most dangerous Peruvian prison, participating in sexual exchanges in swingers clubs, traveling the dark paths of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris in the company of transvestites and prostitutes, undergoing a complicated process of egg donation, and participating in a ritual of ayahuasca ingestion in the Amazon jungle—all while taking us on inward journeys that explore immigration, maternity, fear of death, ugliness, and threesomes. Fortunately, our eagle-eyed voyeur emerges from her narrative forays unscathed and ready to take on the kinks, obsessions, and messiness of our lives.

Photo Credit: Paul Vallejos

Photo Credit: Paul Vallejos

Gabriela Wiener (Lima, 1975) is author of the collections of crônicas Sexografías, Nueve Lunas, and Mozart, la iguana con priapismo y otras historias and the poetry collection Ejercicios para el endurecimiento del espíritu. Her latest book is Llamada perdida (2014). She writes regularly for the newspapers El Pais (Spain) and La República (Perú), as well as Etiqueta Negra (Perú), Anfibia (Argentina), Il corriere della Sera (Italy), S. XXI (France), and Virginia Quarterly Review (United States). In Madrid, she worked as editor of the Spanish edition of Marie Claire. She left in 2014 to work on her first novel.

Photo Credit: Sally Gall

Photo Credit: Sally Gall

Phillip Lopate (Brooklyn, 1943) is the prolific author of several books, including a recent memoir, A Mother’s Tale, the essay collection Portrait Inside My Head, and the anthology The Art of the Personal Essay. He is currently a professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches nonfiction writing.


Natalia Sánchez Loayza is a Peruvian journalist and Co-founder and editor of Malquerida.