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Melyssa Hubbard "Spanking City Hall"

When: Fri., Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m. 2014

Here’s something you wouldn’t expect to hear from an erstwhile Tea Party leader: “God told me a year ago that someone was needed in this area to help guide and direct some of those lost submissives who did not have an understanding of how to direct the submissive parts of their persons in a safe way, under an intelligent and caring femme-domme guide.” That’s Melyssa Hubbard, then known as Maitresse Miss Ann, talking to NUVO in 2003, in the wake of a WRTV-6 report that outed her as a dominatrix working in the Meridian-Kessler area. She’s been a public figure since then — and in ways both expected (as an advocate for sexual self-expression) and perhaps surprising (as a leader of the “tax revolt” that helped to push Mayor Bart Peterson out of office). Hubbard, who founded the Indiana Tea Party in the wake of the Peterson protests, will sign copies of her recent memoir Spanking City Hall: Dominatrix to Political Activist, available in both hardback and e-book flavors.

Indy Reads Books, July 30, 5-7 p.m., spankingcityhall.com

Price: Free.

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