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Saturday, June 3, 2017
11:45AM - 12:45PM
Bookcon, Javits Center, Downtown Stage
Multicultural romance is not new…but the majority of players in the proliferating and ever-popular Romance genre agree that stories of love need to feature “people of all colors, religions, abilities and sexual orientation” (thank you, #weneeddiversebooks, for trailblazing). As stories of race and prejudice blare and glare from national headlines, authors and readers of this popular genre agree about one powerful, life-changing/life-affirming message: Love Transcends. Romance has the power to open readers’ minds to stories that could imbue new understanding and acceptance in the ways we relate to one another. BookCon is pleased to host a frank discussion about the need for inclusive, representative Romance, moderated by bestselling author and Washington Post columnist Sarah MacLean, joined by authors Nicole Blades, KM Jackson, Seth King, Tracey Livesay, Cecelia Tan and Mara White; along with reader/USA Today Happy Ever After contributor Denny Bryce. As one of the most beloved voices in the romance genre affirmed in last year’s keynote address at the RWA (Romance Writers of America) national convention, diverse Romance “should be in the damn Romance section, not in the blue-light section…it’s about discoverability!” Discover all there is to love about a popular genre whose authors and readers are embracing a wide spectrum of experience, and we invite you to take away a book that will open your eyes to the multiverse of romantic possibility.
Sarah MacLean, author of The Day of the Duchess, romance columnist for The Washington Post
Nicole Blades, The Thunder Beneath Us
KM Jackson, Insert Groom Here
Seth King, Straight
Tracey Livesay, Along Came Love
Cecilia Tan, Hard Rhythm
Mara White, The Marriage Pact