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About David Henry Sterry
David Henry Sterry is an author, performer, educator, activist, and muckraker. David is the author of 16 books. Prior to becoming an author, David was a professional actor and screenwriter. He has appeared on National Public Radio, in the New York Times, and the London Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Details Magazine, and the BBC. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He is a Henry Miller Award finalist.
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent-Boys: Professionals writing on Life, Love, Money & Sex (Soft Skull, 2009). Now in its fifth printing.
"Eye-opening, astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny... unpretentious and riveting -- but also graphic, politically incorrect and mostly unquotable in this newspaper."--The New York Times Sunday Book Review (front page review)
Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent (ReganBooks, 2002). A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Sold into nine countries. Under option by Showtime for a TV series.
"Sterry writes with comic brio... [he] honed a vibrant outrageous writing style and turned out this studiously wild souvenir of a checkered past."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Stunning... Sterry's prose fizzes like fireworks. Every page crackles... Very easy and exciting to read--as laconic as Dashiell Hammett, as viscerally hallucinogenic as Hunter S Thompson. Sex, violence, drugs, love, hate, and great writing all within a single wrapper. What more could you possibly ask for?" -The Irish Times
Master of Ceremonies: A True Story of Love, Murder, Rollerskates and Chippendales (Canongate/Grove-Atlantic).
"Master of Ceremonies is dizzying, tender, and... resplendent with seedy glamour, hilarious backstage madness, and unflinching honesty."--Library Journal
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published (Workman, 2010) is a soup-to-nuts guide will educate and entertain as it tells you everything you need to know about how to get successfully published in this crazy new cyber-intensive world of publishing.
"Before you write your own book, read this one first. Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry understand the process of publishing. Their advice will help you envision and frame your work so that publishers will be more likely to perceive its value." -Jonathan Karp, Publisher, 12 Books
"This book demystifies the process of getting published and is a must-have for every aspiring writer with a dream to see his or her passion in print. With input from agents, editors, and writers, this book is thorough, forthright, and importantly, also quite entertaining."--Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Satchel Sez; The Wit, Wisdom & World of Leroy Satchel Paige (Crown, 2001). Picked by the ALA as one of the best books of the year for teens.
Travis & Freddy's Adventures in Vegas (Dutton, 2006). Written under the pseudonym Henry Johnson.
"This is a winner."-- Library Journal
LittleMissMatched's Pajama Party in a Box (Workman, 2007)
LittleMissMatched's Fabulous Marvelous Me (Workman, 2007)
LittleMissMatched's The Writer in Me (Workman, 2008)
LittleMissMatched's The Artist in Me (Workman, 2008)
LittleMissMatched is a company dedicated to inspiring creativity and self-expression in girls of all ages. These books, created with David's wife, Arielle Eckstut, have been sold everywhere from FAO Schwarz to Toys R Us to Disneyland.
The Glorious World Cup: A Balls-Out Guide (Dutton, to be published in April, 2010).
Confessions of a Sex Maniac (Kismet, 2011)
David is unique as an author in that he brings together his love for the written word with his love for performance. In his life as an actor, he performed with everyone from Milton Berle to Will Smith to Michael Caine to Zippy the Chimp. He performed in over 750 commercials, including 4 Clio winners, starred in HBO's Emmy Award-winning Encyclopedia, and emceed at Chippendale's in New York City. As a screenwriter, he wrote for Disney, Fox and Nickelodeon. After his memoir, Chicken, was published, David put his performance and playwriting skills to work and wrote and performed a one-man show based on the book. After a highly praised debut in San Francisco (the chief theater critic for the San Francisco Chronicle said, "Richly entertaining and thought-provoking... Speaks cleverly and provocatively to anyone who's ever been or had a child."), David took his one-man show to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival where it was named the #1 play in the UK by The Independent week after week.
For each and every book David publishes, he puts together a unique and robust publicity and marketing plan which utilizes his performance skills. Examples include:
A 6-hour workshop on how to get published at Stanford University
A high concept event like "The Art of the Memoir" which he's done everywhere from City Lights to the Strand to the 92nd St Y
A cutting-edge reading series like "Sex Worker Literati", which has become a sold-out monthly event at Happy Ending Lounge in NYC
David has taught at Stanford University, University of New Orleans, Reed College, UCLA, SF State, and the US Department of Justice. He's assisted lawyers, models, architects, and writers to present themselves and their ideas with clarity and passion. He's also helped many amateur writers become professional authors. He's worked as a chicken, a chicken fryer, a master of ceremonies, a soda jerk, a cherry picker, a poet, a building inspector, a telephone solicitationist, a limo driver, a barker, an industrial sex technician, and a marriage counselor. He graduated from Reed College, and loves his cat, his girls, and any sport involving a ball.
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Oscar Wilde once quipped that anyone who disappears is said to be seen in in San Francisco. With its famous fog, winding streets, and hazardously steep hills, it is certainly an ideal place for getting lost. It’s also an ideal setting for noir fiction. From Fisherman’s Warf and The Golden Gate Bridge to The Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, and Russian Hill, fifteen authors explore the sordid side of the City by the Bay in this sterling collection.
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It's a sick twisted Wonderland, and I'm Alice.
Here is a story like no other: The unforgettable chronicle of a season spent walking the razor-sharp line between painful innocence and the allure of the abyss. David Sterry was a wide-eyed son of 1970s suburbia, but within his first week looking for off-campus housing on Sunset Boulevard he was lured into a much darker world servicing the lonely women of Hollywood by night.
Chickenthe word is slang for a young male prostituterevisits this year of living dangerously, in a narrative of dazzling inventiveness and searing candor. Shifting back and forth from tales of Sterry's youthspent in the awkward bosom of a disintegrating dysfunctional familyto his fascinating account of the Neverland of postsixties sexual excess, Chicken teems with Felliniesque characters and set pieces worthy of Dionysus. And when the life finally overwhelms Sterry, his retreat from the profession will leave an indelible mark on readers' minds and hearts.
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys is a collection of short memoirs, rants, confessions, nightmares, journalism, and poetry covering life, love, work, family, and yes, sex. The editors gather pieces from the world of industrial sex, including contributions from art-porn priestess Dr. Annie Sprinkle, best-selling memoirist David Henry Sterry (Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent), sex activist and musical diva Candye Kane, women and men right off the streets, girls participating in the first-ever National Summit of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth, and Ruth Morgan Thomas, one of the organizers of the European Sex Work, Human Rights, and Migration Conference.
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Popular writers like Cecilia Tan, David Henry Sperry, and Sage Vivant contributed. Jump-start your libido, share these tales with your lover, or keep them as your own little secret.
David Henry Sterry is the bestselling author of thirteen books. His last book, Hos, Hookers, Call Girls & Rent Boys, was an anthology of writings by people in the sex business, and appeared on the front cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.
He is the co-author of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, and co-founder of The Book Doctors, who have helped dozens of amateur writers become professionally published authors. His first memoir Chicken has been published in ten languages. The one-man show debuted internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Sterry toured the world with it. He has ghostwritten books about from the teenage brain to how to have a successful sleep-over. He is an ex-sex addict, ex-drug addict, ex-rent boy, ex-barker, a book doctor, an activist and was offered a professional soccer contract when he was 21. This book is not a memoir.
"Sterry writes with comic brio... eye-opening, astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny..."— The New York Times Sunday Book Review (front page review)
"When David Henry Sterry writes about sexuality, it's like a chef writing about food.”—nerve.com
"Sterry's prose fizzes like a firework. Sex, violence, drugs, love, hate, and great writing all within a single wrapper. What more could you possibly ask for?” The Irish Times
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The Hobbyist will take you deep into an underground fraternity of sexual cyber deviants who play out their every fantasy in the flesh, then into the netherworld of a new generation desperately looking for love in all the wrong places. It will take you from the dark heart of sexual addiction and lost innocence into the bright light of human love.
A guide to the biggest sporting event in the world-for those who like their soccer with a side of kick-ass.
The teams, the fans, the goals, the saves, the divas, the divers, the myths, the madness-they're all part of the world-wide spectacle that is soccer's ultimate tournament, and they're all here in this turbocharged guide. Packed with trivia, tall tales, stats, quizzes, and photos, The Glorious World Cup gives readers:
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•Commentary from famous fans-including Irvine Welsh, Po Bronson, and Simon Kuper
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On my third birthday, my father, in an attempt to get me to stop sucking my thumb, gave me a gun.
“Today son, you are a man,” he said, snatching the little blue binky from my little pink hand.
So I shot him.
So begins Mort Morte, a macabre, coming-of-age story full of butchered butchers, badly used Boy Scouts, blown-up Englishman, virginity-plucking cheerleaders, and many nice cups of tea.
Poignantly poetic, hypnotically hysterical, sweetly surreal, and chock full of the blackest comedy, Mort Morte is like Lewis Carrol having brunch with the kid from The Tin Drum and Oedipus, just before he plucks his eyes out.
In the end though, Mort Morte is a story about a boy who really loves his mother.