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Thursday, June 9 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Looking for love in all the wrong pages and the Lack of Diversity in the Romance Genre

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Romance is a sadly maligned genre. Often dismissed as trashy, poorly written and unworthy of a second glance by a serious reader, many people are ashamed to admit they read romance or are unwilling to give it a try. Yet, despite this negative view, romance novels garner hundreds of millions of readers and represent billions of dollars to the publishing industry.

During this presentation, we will define the romance genre (and its many subgenres), look at the history of the romance novel - how it has evolved and what changes still need to be made. We will talk about some of the key authors and some spicy books!

Attendees will come away with a new respect for this genre, and a willingness to explore some romance titles (or openly admit they already read romance!)

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Chantelle Taylor

Deputy Chief Librarian, Cumberland Public Libraries
Chantelle Taylor was volun-told to create an Erotic literature presentation for a conference in 2014. She now regularly has conversations about throuples, but they are all literary related.

Thursday June 9, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm ADT