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Author of S&M memoir ‘Whip Smart’ visits Canton Wednesday

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Author Melissa Febos will discuss her memoir “Whip Smart” as part of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Ms. Febos will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“On one level, ‘Whip Smart’ is a page-turning romp through the gritty world of professional S&M and drug addiction, while on another it is a much more universal tale of a young woman’s search for identity, comfort and power,” said SUNY Canton assistant professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “Written with striking honesty, impressive prose and intense emotional acuity, this book not only sheds light on some of the darker corners of our world, but on hidden parts of ourselves that so often go unexplored.”

Now in its second year, the series was created by Mr. LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college.

Since publishing her memoir, Ms. Febos has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” CNN’s “Dr. Drew” and “Anderson Cooper Live.”

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