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February 12 2014

07:51

The Big Business of Bodice Rippers

The best-selling literary genre in the world: romance novels. We’ll look at the red-hot literature of love.

 

A collection of romance novels on display. (Courtesy RoniLoren / Flickr)

A collection of romance novels on display. (Courtesy RoniLoren / Flickr)

Guests

Jesse Barron, editor at Harper’s Magazine.

Wendy Crutcher, librarian at the Orange Country Public Library. Romance Writers of America “Librarian of the Year” in 2011. Blogger at “The Misadventures of Super Librarian.” (@superwendy)

Angela Knight, New York Times-bestselling romance and erotic author. (@AngelaKnight)

From Tom’s Reading List

NPR: Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability — “One thing that you have understand if you’re gonna get into writing romance is that the things that are valued in that genre are not the same things that are valued when we read something like literary fiction. So you’re gonna want to hone your prose until its extremely clear, it’s very, very fast, the dialogue is funny and the plots are really engaging.”

Huffington Post: The Real Men Who Read Romance Novels — “Romance novels are often dismissed as guilty pleasures and something to be ashamed of by both men and women. In fact, as a woman, I often notice people are surprised to learn that I, with my two English literature degrees, write romance novels. While guys reading ‘girls books’ confounds our gender expectations and may lead to an extra element of surprise and snark, it seems that attitude often just comes with the genre — no matter who is reading it.”

Bangor Daily News: Romance Writers name Old Town woman Librarian of the Year — “When Romance Writers of America announced that Whitten had received the award, she received congratulations from members via email from all over the United States. She will be the guest of honor at the organization’s conference in July in Atlanta, where she will address several thousand people. ‘I’m passionate about the romance genre, a strong proponent of it,’ Whitten said.”

August 19 2013

23:57

It'€™s complicated | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The State We're In, 12 February 2011. A young British man poses as his lover’s long-lost son to keep the affair a secret; a Canadian woman stages a public fight with her boyfriend as a way of protesting Valentine’s Day, Parsi singles try speed dating to shore up their ever-shrinking numbers and a Dutch photographer puts an ad in newspapers around the world for "the world’s most beautiful people" to come forward. http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/it%E2%80%99s-complicated

February 11 2012

20:30

5by5 | The Incomparable #78: Clones and Telepaths vs. Love

5by5 - The Incomparable #78: Clones and Telepaths vs. Love http://5by5.tv/incomparable/78
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