Conversation Hearts: An Inclusive Love Fest for Romance Readers and Writers

Romance readers and writers are passionate people. They are passionate about the power of love to transform people’s lives and to transform the world. They are passionate about an HEA (Happily-Ever-After) or a HFN (Happy-for-Now). And it’s safe to say they are tired of hearing ill-informed and dismissive opinions about the genre they love. If you haven’t read a romance or attended a romance event, now is the time!

Romance readers and writers are also asking for more inclusive and representative writers and characters. An article in the Guardian last year, Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels, highlighted the need for diverse voices in the field and much work needs to be done in publishing and the greater reading and writing community to create change.

On Saturday, November 9th from 1-6 p.m., the library will be hosting an event celebrating and centering POC and LGBTQIA+ #ownvoices romance readers and writers.  Rebekah Weatherspoon, creator of the WOC in Romance website, and author of Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny, Fit, and Soul to Keep, is our featured guest author for the event, but there is an exciting array of authors and enthusiastic readers joining us.

Here is what the afternoon will look like:

Microsoft Auditorium:

1:00 pm: Fireside Chat with
Rebekah Weatherspoon & Jasmine Silvera

Level 4, Room 1: Panels

2:00 pm: The Future of Romance: Robin Bradford,
Austin Chant, Piper J. Drake, Jasmine Silvera, Olivia Waite,
& Rebekah Weatherspoon

3:00 pm: What Should I Read Next?: Robin Bradford,
Austin Chant, Claire Scott, & Olivia Waite

4:00 pm: Love It: Robin Bradford, Piper J. Drake,
Amanda Jean, & Jasmine Silvera

5:00 pm: Nerdy Lit Crit: Eilis Flynn, Amanda Jean,
& Olivia Waite

Level 4, Room 2:

2:00-6:00 pm:
King’s Books book sales & photo booth, quieter space

We hope to see you at this year’s #splconvohearts19

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