Romance Readers Rendezvous

Celebrate your passion for romance novels with a hot date at your library. The night begins with a screening of “Love between the Covers,” a film featuring interviews with your favorite authors, followed by author talks and your choice of breakout sessions and fun activities. Topics include a history of sex, fact or fiction in historical romance, women's empowerment and more. Light refreshments served.

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, 12:30 - 6 p.m.

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Event Schedule

12:30 p.m. - Check in and pick up your swag.

1-2:45 p.m. - Movie, "Love Between the Covers"

"Love Between the Covers" is a feature-length documentary film about the little-known, surprisingly powerful community of women who read and write romance novels.

3 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

Choose one:

Bonnets, Kilts, & Corsets: Historic Romance You Can Love
Author Panel: Ann Gabhart, Madeline Martin, Sheri Humphreys

No matter what you wear, love can happen any time, any place. Our panel of authors will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing historical romance. Join us as we explore just how accurate—and timeless—these love stories set in bygone eras can be!

Time-Traveling Werewolf Seeking Mystery Solving Starship Captain: Genre Meets Romance
Author Panel: Amanda Uhl, Tessa McFionn

The excitement of exploring space or fighting dragons just makes romance that much more heart-pounding! Fantasy and science fiction worlds show how romances can thrive even in the face of incredible challenges. Our panel of authors discusses writing romance novels with fantastic genre twists.

3:40 p.m. - Romance for All: Diversity in Romance

Author Panel: Negeen Papehn, Tif Marcelo, A.R. Moler, Tracey Livesay

Readers come in all kinds, and so do romances! Differences in things like race, sexuality, and ability in stories create space for all readers. Our author panel will discuss how they incorporate diverse characters and storylines into their work, and how their unique perspectives help them to create love stories that transcend boundaries.

4:20 p.m. - Beyond Damsels in Distress: Women's Empowerment Through Romance Fiction

Author Panel: Carla Laureano, Emma Barry, L.B. Simmons

Romance is all about making choices about our own pleasure and happiness. Writing and reading romance novels gives women a chance to explore this side of themselves, and to imagine characters who do much more than get rescued by a knight in shining armor. In this panel, authors discuss creating strong female characters, how writing romance empowers them, and how romance novels impact readers.

3-5 p.m. - Afternoon Delights

Make sure to fill your dance card with these afternoon activities!

Romance Book Title Roulette
Draw verbs, nouns and adjectives to create a fun book title for the next best-selling romance novel.

Romance Book Cover Photo Shoot
Pose in front our our green screen and choose a backdrop and props to create the book cover of your dreams.

A Tangled Timeline: The History of Sex and Romance
Browse an interactive exhibit highlighting the history of sex as it pertains to media, culture and especially romance books.

Vote on the characteristics most important to you in your fantasy bae (love interest). We'll build the ultimate bae, live, using digital votes.

5 p.m. - Author Talk & Reception: Olivia Dade

Olivia Dade PhotoOlivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorite stories, though, were always romances. As an adult, she earned an MA in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required her to hide her bawdy interior under a demure exterior: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Finally, though, she realized the call of the hussy could no longer be denied. So now she writes contemporary romantic comedy with plenty of sex, banter, and nerdery. When not writing, she cooks alongside her husband, dabbles in photography, and tries to hide her collection of steamy romances from her way-too-curious daughter.


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