What is Love? Center for the Book symposium draws crowds

From left, panelists in session “What Belongs in the Romance Canon?”: 
Susan Ostrov Weisser, Eric Selinger, Nicole Peeler, Beverly Jenkins, Len Barot/Radclyffe. Photo from Margaret Locke’s blog.

Missed the What Is Love? Romance in the Digital Age symposium? Find out what bloggers and journalists had to say about the event, hosted by the Center for the Book.

Slow boat to China: What you need to know about foreign rights

Clipper ship leaving Boston Harbor, by Fitz Henry Lane, The Athenaeum. Wikimedia Commons

What are foreign rights, and what good is it to keep them or give them away? The answer to that question is rather complicated and depends entirely on your publisher, where you are in your career, and what kind of agent is representing you.

Bookselling’s future

Bookshelf in Borders bookstore, circa 2007, courtesy of CillanX, public domain

When asked about bookselling’s future, most people’s answers could be put in three groupings: the e-book market, bricks-and-mortar stores, and issues surrounding what’s being called “discoverability.”

The black feminist love story

"Zora Hurston, beating the mama drum," Library of Congress, 1937.

Their Eyes Were Watching God features a tragic love story. So what made it a model love story for future generations?

Where are the “fun” books?

Photo, Rainbow of Books, John Nakamura Remy, Sept. 26 2009, Flickr, Creative Commons

Why do university libraries often avoid stocking romance novels? University librarian Sarah Sheehan explores collection policies.

German romance in the U.S.

Engraving, E. Marlitt, 1887, from Die Gartenlaube, Wikimedia

In the late 1800s, romance novels by German author E. Marlitt were big sellers in the U.S.

Stigma and surprise

Photo, Sociology Papers, Nov. 11 2013, Lettawren

Sociologists Joanna Gregson and Jen Lois examined their own prejudices as they studied romance readers and writers.

Shall we dance?

Cover image, How to Dance: A Complete Ball-room and Party Guide, 1878, Tousey & Small, public domain

The Library of Congress’ collection of ballroom dance manuals lets visitors peek back into the history of one of the most romantic of pastimes.

Advice from the lovelorn

Painting, Mary Elizabeth Maxwell (née Braddon), 1865, William Powell Frith, public domain

Can a heroine win if she doesn’t get her man? In Louisa May Alcott’s Behind the Mask and Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, the ‘losers’ win.

Unhappily ever after

Alan Weiss (cover art), “I Was a Girl Who’d Stop at Nothing” from My Love #17, Stan Lee (writer) and George Tuska (illustrator), 1972.

Can unhappy endings be idealistically romantic, too? Jacque Nodell takes a look at a tale of squandered opportunity penned by Stan Lee.

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