Romance Literature: Love it or Leave it

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the panel discussion will follow the new reading room dedication at 4:30 pm, Neilson Library Browsing Room.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
4:00 pm Dedication Ceremony
Friends of the Libraries Reading Room
4:30 pm Romance Literature: Love it or Leave it
Neilson Library Browsing Room

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Romance literature is a big deal: according to Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2010, romance fiction generated $1.36 billion in sales in 2009, amounting to the largest share of the consumer market at 13.2 percent. The industry is undergoing big changes with the advent of e-Books, author blogs, twitter and interactive websites. As a result, the relationship between reader and author has never been closer.

“Book maven” Bethanne Patrick '85 moderated this very enjoyable discussion with May Chen ’00, senior editor at Morrow/Avon Books; Barbara Keiler ’74, better-known as Judith Arnold, the author of more than eighty-five romance novels and a three-time Romantic Times award winner; Stephanie Dray ’93, author of the historical romance and, as Stephanie Draven, myth-inspired romance; and Sarah MacLean ’00, a best-selling regency romance novelist.


Romance Panel

Left to right: May Chen '00, Barbara Keiler '74, President Carol Christ,
Sarah MacLean '00, Stephanie Dray '93 and Bethanne Patrick '85.


May Chen ’00 is a Senior Editor at Morrow/Avon (HarperCollins) where she works primarily in women's fiction, including historical romances.

Barbara Keiler ‘74 is well-known as Judith Arnold, the best-selling author of more than eighty-five romance novels and a three-time Romantic Times award winner.

Stephanie Dray ’93, abandoned former careers as a lawyer, game designer and teacher to write full time. Lily of the Nile is the first in a trilogy about Cleopatra's daughter, Cleopatra Selene. As Stephanie Draven, she has published four myth-inspired tales of romance.

Sarah MacLean ‘00 writes historical fiction. Her regency novels, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and Ten Ways to be Adored when Landing a Lord, have both been New York Times bestsellers.


Bethanne Patrick '85, is an established online presence in the book world as critic, journalist and author. She is the managing editor and host of The Book Studio, and is a member of the Friends Executive Committee. She tweets as @TheBookMaven.


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