Romance Community

How do popular romance stories bring readers, writers, academics, artists, editors, and agents together? With the rise of the Internet, romance novels have spurred the creation of vibrant global communities.

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.

Good book noise

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Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books says reading romance is a communal experience. Before digital books and the Internet, people would judge what you read. But now, you can find people with the same reading interests as you online, and it makes the…

Fans at home and abroad


Romance novels can bring together fans locally and around the globe, says author Suzanne Brockmann.

And then I read your book

Film still, Cindy Gerard, interview

Books can save lives. Author Cindy Gerard received fan mail from a veteran who found hope in her books.

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.

Women who read romance

Film still, Sarah Wendell interview, Popular Romance Project

Sarah Wendell talks about why romance and its happy endings matter.

The mass market industry takes off

Film still, Robyn Carr interview, Popular Romance Project

Author Robyn Carr read and was inspired by romantic historical fiction in the days before the romance genre bloomed.

A conversation with readers

Film still, Nalini Singh interview

Keeping in touch with fans is part of the modern romance writer’s work. Author Nalini Singh talks about chatting with fans online.

Community and writing

Photo, Untitled, jason wilson/fekaylius, Aug.26, 2007, Flickr

When authors come together, they’re eager to form their own communities, says Seton Hill’s Albert Wendland.

A tribute to Gerald Jackson Sr.

Screenshot, Brenda and Gerald Sr. Jackson, premiere of Truly Everlasting, 2011, Laurie Kahn

Filmmaker Laurie Kahn offers a tribute to Gerald Sr., husband of author Brenda Jackson, who passed away in 2013.