Chester Brown, author of Paying For It: a Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John, will be at Strand, my favorite NYC bookstore tonight to for a slideshow, conversation, and signing. He'l be joined by the inimitable Benjamen Walker (Host of WFMU's Too Much Information) and Tracy Quan (author of Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl).
Chester Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. As the cartoonist of the autobiographical The Playboy and the biography Louise Riel, Paying For It is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of Louis Riel. Paying For It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work-from the timid john who rides his bike to meet his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of cliched street corners, drugs, or pimps.
Tracy Quan, a columnist, TV guest and author of Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl and many other books, will join Chester Brown on the Strand Stage.