November 23, 2017

Romance & Libraries

By Bette-Lee Fox

The 29th annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Washington, DC, opened on July 15 with a full-day program for local librarians

Local librarians enjoyed a full day of programs on July 15 at the 29th annual Romance Writers of America (RWA®) conference in Washington, DC. Nearly 100 professionals learned the ins and outs of bringing an author event to their libraries from the savvy duo of Deborah Schneider (RWA’s 2009 Librarian of the Year and a romance author herself) and Chapple Romance Writers of America (RWA) Langemack, both from King County Library System, Issaquah, WA. Next up was a panel of authors addressing “Our Favorite Flavors” of a romance novel (e.g., heroes and heroines, premise and plot) for each of their subgenres: Allison Brennan (romantic suspense), Gaelen Foley (Regency historicals), Holly Jacobs (romantic comedy), and Gena Showalter (paranormal).

Multicultural romance was the focus of authors Candice Poarch, Jade Lee, and Tracy Montoya, followed by “If You Like the Classics; or, How To Recommend Romance to Literature Snobs in Your Library,” with professors Sarah S.G. Frantz and Pamela Regis and romance author and a Ph.D. herself Sabrina Jeffries. New York Times best-selling author Stella Cameron delivered a delightful talk at lunch on growing up with books in England.

That evening’s traditional “Readers for Life” autographing session offered up 500 authors to chat with and sign books for avid and eager fans. All proceeds from the sales and a concurrent raffle netted close to $61,000 for ProLiteracy Worldwide. The finale of the conference on July 18 was the awarding of the annual RITA Awards.


What is Design Thinking?
From space planning, redesigning services and staffing, to developing more user-centric approaches, design thinking can help you problem-solve through ingenuity and creativity, and better understand and serve your patrons. Our introductory online workshop, Demystifying Design Thinking is designed for library professionals who want to take a fresh approach to tackling their library’s challenges through human-centered design.
A Day-Long Celebration of Fandom-Beloved Stories and Characters
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our inaugural LibraryCon Live! We’re excited to offer this day-long virtual festival for book nerds, librarians, and fans of graphic novels, sci-fi, and fantasy. Network online with other fans and explore our virtual exhibit hall where you’ll hear directly from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured authors. You’ll also learn from librarians and industry insiders on how to plan and host your own Comic Con-style event.