This Sunday is the Brooklyn Book Festival, which is highly awesome and highly literary. There are events all day focusing on poetry, literary fiction, biography..and hello, what now?
Romance! At 3:00pm on the Main Stage at the Borough Hall Plaza, I’m moderating a session all about romance novels:
3:00 p.m. Love: The Unstoppable Bestseller. A panel of romance authors discusses the longevity of the industry and how they keep readers coming back for more: Rochelle Alers (Man of Fate), Anna DePalo (The Billionaire in Penthouse B), Donna Hill (Temptation & Lies) and Sarah Wendell (Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels).
We’ll be talking about why romance is popular, and whether we’re drawn to the structure of romance for cultural reasons. We’ll also be talking about the social changes reflected in the romance genre, and its overall place in literary and popular culture.
I will do my very best to bring up man-titty and throbbing (or possibly juddering) at least once, if I can. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come on down. There’s a huge kid’s area set up by Target, and there will be children’s book readings going on during my panel, including a favorite of Jane’s, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin. All events are free to the public.