Hey, I'm Ariel, the founder of the Offbeat Empire, author of some books, and publisher of offbeatbride.com and offbeathome.com. I run a series of events called Offbeat Ada's, where I host fellow authors and thought leaders for discussions at The Lab At Ada's Technical Books, a lovely event space on Capitol Hill.

Capacity at The Lab is about 35 people, and the darkly appointed, deeply stylish space has a full bar. The structure of the events are 30ish minutes of conversation between the author and me, and then 30-40 minutes of Q&A with the audience. Events are typically ticketed with two tiers: book+reserved seat or just a reserved seat.

 

The space, booze, format, and ticketing all combine to make these events feel a bit more special than just a typical in-bookstore author event.

Upcoming events:

April 22, 2019
SEX WORK IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

Join curator and PROS BEFORE BROS author Ariel Meadow Stallings from the Offbeat Empire for an evening of discussion with Pike Long, Deputy Director of St. James Infirmary, the nation's only clinic operated for and by people in the sex industry. We'll dive into the details and differences between sex work, trafficking, and exploitation using an intersectional feminist lens. Learn about the current multi-state push for sex work decriminalization and how it differs from legalization and the so-called "Nordic model."

We'll also explore first-person perspectives on the potential therapeutic value of sex work, and push back against simplistic narratives that paint all forms of sexual labor as inherently harmful or exploitative. This will be a unique opportunity to ask questions about all this and more. Copies of Ariel's limited edition erotic book/ jewelry pairing, PROS BEFORE BROS (a story of therapeutic sex work) will be available at the event.

All proceeds from this event will go toward St. James Infirmary, a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers of all genders. Based in San Francisco, St James Infirmary seeks to meet the needs of people engaged in the sex trade through advocacy, direct services, and social justice.

Monday April 22, 2019
6pm doors & drinks \\ 6:30 program
21+ with ID

The Lab at Ada's
425 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

Tickets: $10
All proceeds go to St. James

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Past events:

Author Jasmine Silvera in conversation about diversity and feminism in the romance genre.

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You can get a feel for past events from these archived Facebook livestreams: