Sex in the City author to speak


MANCHESTER — It has been 23 years since "Sex and the City" was published, and Candace Bushnell sheds light on the inevitable question in her latest fictitious masterpiece, "Is There Still Sex in the City?"

The internationally, critically acclaimed bestselling author will be at Maple Street School at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, to dish on love, life and sex from all angles.

Bushnell is excited for her Green Mountain pit stop on her book tour.

"I used to go to Vermont a lot when I was a kid," she said. "I went to horseback riding camp for five, maybe six, years and it was really fun hanging out at the barn all day. I haven't been back to Vermont in about 10 years."

The author believes "Is There Still Sex in the City?" will resonate with Vermont readers because the content surrounds "a period of time we all go through no matter where you live."

A lot of the characters live outside the city, so they experience the Big Apple buzz in addition to the comfort and community a small-town provides.

Bushnell weaves together several narratives of those who are married, single, divorced — noting the book is really a passage of time she went through herself alongside other women.

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"Reality is tricky these days as a woman," Bushnell said. "People have relationships in a different way. The fact is there are more and more single people. There are more women who are single and choosing not to have children. To me, it's about choice. Some women really want to have kids, and that is fantastic, but I just think it doesn't make sense to apply one sort of model on life to everybody."

Readers can expect the author to read from her book and a lively Q&A.

"Come because it will be fun and entertaining," Bushnell said. "Relationships are a part of our lives. Bring [your] friends. We can talk about feminism, dating, Sex and the City, all that kind of stuff."

She looks forward to continuing the discussion about how dating has changed throughout the years.

"Is There Still Sex in the City?" follows a cohort of female friends as they navigate the ever-modernizing phenomena of midlife dating and relationships in a world dominated by Tinder, "cubbing" and the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.

Although the book does not star Carrie Bradshaw and friends, it highlights seven women who, like most women, have tried to do the best they can with the cards they have been dealt with. It is an enticing read, where turning every page is like swiping right.

Tickets are required and must be purchased in advanced through Eventbrite. Prices range from $29 to $37. Space is limited.

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