Two Events This Week: Atlanta Social Science Tavern and Decatur Book Festival

There are two events of note this week that might interest you.

The Atlanta Social Science Tavern hosts two psychologists from the Veteran’s Administration for a discussion of what happens with the troops now that they are returning home, the issues returning troops face, and what the VA is doing to help. Meetup at Java Vino at 7:30 on Thursday 8/28. For more information see the Meetup site at

You can see me talk about my new book, The Polyamorists Next Door, at the Decatur Book Festival this coming Saturday 8/30 at 10am in the Marriott Auditorium. More information at

Cheers, Elisabeth Sheff

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The Atlantic Interviews Elisabeth Sheff

The Atlantic just came out with a new article on polyamory that correctly identifies me as the author of The Polyamorists Next Door, but incorrectly says I interviewed 40 people for the book. I actually interviewed 131 people for the book, 22 of whom were children between 5 and 17 years old. You can read the whole interview at

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Range of Non-Monogamies blogpost on Psychology Today

Check out my newest blogpost on Psychology Today, Seven Forms of Non-Monogamy, at


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See Elisabeth Sheff on HuffPost Live chat with Robyn Trask and Leon Feingold

See Elisabeth Sheff on HuffPost Live chat with Robyn Trask and Leon Feingold.

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See Elisabeth Sheff on HuffPost Live chat with Robyn Trask and Leon Feingold

In this segment Elisabeth, Robyn, and Leon chat with Josh Zepps at HuffPost Live

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See Elisabeth Sheff at the Decatur Book Festival

If you live in the Atlanta area and read books, you have no doubt heard of the Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the United States. This year you can see me, Elisabeth Sheff, at the book festival on Saturday August 30 at 10am at the Marriott Conference Center Auditorium. For more information please see the Decatur Book Festival website at

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Two New Reviews of The Polyamorists Next Door


Ken Haslam reviewed The Polyamorists Next Door for the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy at

Haslam says of the book:

“I come away from this book with the impression that the polyamory community is on the cutting edge of social research and by trial and error they are learning those sexual, communication, and relationship skills necessary to establish the non-traditional, multi- partnered family of the twenty-first and twenty-second centuries. This book will be most useful to the non-judgmental and well-informed therapist who can play a major role in guiding those with problems as well as newcomers into the polyamorous community.”


Jessica Burde at Polyamory on Purpose reviewed the book, which you can read here

In her review Burde says:

“There is a lot of fascinating information in The Polyamorists Next Door, and many polyamorists will enjoy reading it to see the results of Dr. Sheff’s studies of polyamory. Poly parents will find interesting (and useful!) information in the sections on children raised in poly families.

However at the end of the day, this book isn’t written for us. Instead, it is the book polyamory has needed for decades. A book written not for people who want to be polyamorous, but for monogamists who want to understand polyamory. You know the question that pops up in every poly forum eventually “What book can I get for my (parents/friends/siblings/friends) to help them understand polyamory?”

You can read the review and lots of other interesting things at Polyamory on Purpose. While you are there, check out Burde’s book on pregnancy and polyamory for quite an interesting read.

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