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The Public Affairs Forum Takes on Intimacies

I was invited to speak this Sunday at the Public Affairs Forum at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin   – 4700 Grover Avenue  Austin, TX 78756, (512) 452-6168. Forums start at 11:30 and last for one hour.

I expect to have fun and hope you will join me.

Here’s the program announcement:

Karen Kreps is Austin’s own version of Carrie Bradshaw, Ann Landers and Dr. Ruth. She is the author of Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance. She’ll share recollections and anecdotes from her seven years writing candid explorations of personal relationships, which appeared in a popular column published by The Good Life magazine (until the publication folded last year), and hosting public discussions about lovers and lust at BookPeople. She will address people’s Number One questions about relationships and encouraging audience questions and comments. No charge, just bring an open mind and a sense of humor.

June 13, 2010
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
4700 Grover Avenue
Austin, TX

Submit your Number One question and learn more about her book at

Karen has a Master of Arts Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University and works as an independent producer of creative web content, blogging about technology and social media at

Twitter: For those who would like to Tweet about this event, the hash tag is #intimacies

The talk  will be broadcast on ChannelAustin, channel 10.  (Public Access TV), The times are TBA. I expect to get a copy of the recording and will post it on the web for remote viewing.


Enjoy Intimacies

Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance by Karen Kreps

Cover of the book, Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance by Karen Kreps

Buy the book for yourself, someone you love or a friend who could use it.

Since 2002, minds have been opened by Karen Kreps’s insights about love and lovers, shared over seven years in monthly columns for The Good Life magazine and the public conversation group that met monthly  at BookPeople to discuss these personal topics.   Her book, Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance, contains a collection of her columns and is illustrated with photographs of figurative sculpture by her husband, Arye Shapiro.

Karen is an advocate for giving voice to what needs to be said, even it it breaks a taboo or two. Read her blog below, ask her a question and download her free ebook, Choice Intimacies, and get satisfaction between the covers of her book.

The Intimacies Conversation Group meetings, hosted monthly by Karen Kreps, 2002-Jan 2009, was sponsored by
Good Life Magazine logo.

At our last meeting, on Jan 21, we talked about

“Love in the Recession”

It was our final meeting at BookPeople  after a seven-year run, since our sponsor, The Good Life magazine, has ceased publication.

Watch as this site transforms over the coming weeks to take the Intimacies discussion to new dimensions.

Please tell us what you think of the book, the column or the meetings. Leave a comment below. (If comment form isn’t showing below,  please click on the title of this post and it will appear in the new page.)

Attracting Love with the Law of Attraction, Oct 16 at BookPeople

The “Intimacies” Discussion Group
Attracting Love
Join The Good Life columnist Karen Kreps and special guest, Frank Butterfield, for a conversation about how to attract your perfect mate and create the union you want together. Frank is a channel and intuitive who coaches clients and groups on harnessing the power of the Law of Attraction.

Meet THURSDAY (not our normal night), October 16, 2008, 7 pm-8:30 pm on the third floor of BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar.  Audience members will be encouraged to share their personal experiences.  No charge, just   bring your sense of humor and an open mind.

To join the email announcement list for this group, send email to

This event is co-sponsored by The Good Life magazine and BookPeople.  For more information, see

Intimacies Group — Bodily Attraction, Apr 16

Join The Good Life columnist Karen Kreps and special guest, Lee Khoury, for a conversation about body image. How you relate to food reflects how you relate to others. Lee is a licensed counselor and marriage therapist who specializes in treating eating disorders. Meet Wednesday, April 16, 2007, 7 pm-8:30 pm on the third floor of Book People, 603 N. Lamar. Audience members will be encouraged to share their personal experiences. No charge, just bring your sense of humor and an open mind.

This event is co-sponsored by The Good Life magazine and Book People.

Please Comment about Intimacies

Last night I sent an email blast of announcements to as many people as I decently could, announcing the book, Intimacies, Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance. Some of you may be reading this in response to one of those announcements. I appreciate all the congratulations I received in email replies. But what I really want is for you to please comment here, in reply to this or any other post on the Intimacies Discussion Blog. You can leave your reply below.

What do you think of the book concept? Who would be interested in having a copy? Why? How do you think this blog ought best to used? What topics interest you most?


Announcing Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance, a book by Karen Kreps

Cover of Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance.For more than five years, I’ve been writing a column called “Intimacies” for The Good Life magazine. It’s all about how to have successful, stimulating relationships.

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of a collection of the best of “Intimacies,” the book Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance.

In conjunction with writing the column since 2002, I’ve also hosted public monthly meetings that the magazine sponsored at BookPeople, the state’s leading independent bookstore (named by Publisher’s Weekly as Bookstore of the Year in 2005). The purpose of the group was to build community by bringing readers together to talk about “Intimacies” face-to-face. The Intimacies Conversation Group, which was promoted by both the magazine and the bookstore, usually attracted between twenty and forty people, singles and couples, first-timers and returnees, with a fairly even mix of men and women, ages eighteen to eighty. For each meeting, I would plan a topic and invite a special guest—such as a psychologist, marriage counselor or certified sex therapist—to lend expertise. People came to ask questions, share advice and stories and exchange laughter. For many of us, it provided a rare opportunity to talk honestly and openly with our peers about adult topics that are important.

Attendance was and still is free; audience members are asked only to come with an open mind and a sense of humor. While these meetings continue to occur in Austin, Texas, with the publication of this book and advances in Internet technology, you can now participate from wherever you are in similar discussions of love, sex and romance. Just post comments, questions and links to this blog. (All comments are moderated.) In future, I hope to line up special online guests and have subject-specific online discussions.

I’ll also announce who will be my special guest at the Austin events and what we’ll be talking about and what gems of wisdom come out of the group. Stay tuned. I look forward to sharing Intimacies with you.

Texas Book Festival, Nov 3-4, to launch the book

The book, Intimacies: Secrets of Love, Sex & Romance will be released at the Texas Book Festival. I will be sharing a booth in the exhibit area on Colorado street. Come to the State Capital Building, booth #218 (the exhibit tent is on corner of Colorado and the Capital Driveway, to your left as you leave the Capital building). The show is open 9am-5pm on Sat. Nov 3 and 11 am-5pm on Sunday Nov 4.

Look for my banner with the title, posters of the book cover, and an original sculpture that is featured in the book. Please stop by and introduce yourself!


Click map for larger image (the larger map won’t show my location in booth 218)