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.
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.

In February 2015, the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book hosted a symposium “What is Love?: Romance Fiction in the Digital Age,” along with an advance screening of Love Between the CoversThe symposium encompassed four panels:

  1. What Belongs in the Romance Canon?
  2. What Do the Science and History of Love Reveal?
  3. Community and the Romance Genre
  4. Trending Now: Where Is Romance Fiction Heading In the Digital Age?

Panelists were drawn from publishing and academe, and included: Robyn Carr, Kim Castillo, Brenda Jackson, Sarah Wendel, Darlene Clark Hine, Len Barot/Radclyffe, Beverly Jenkins, and Eric Selinger, to name a few. Attendance was reported to be standing-room-only.

While not comprehensive, following are links to some of the post-symposium blogging and press coverage.

Blog posts

Margaret Locke, a writer working toward publication, sums up her take-aways from the panels.

Kiersten Krum’s Storify Twitter stream from the symposium.

Laura Vivanco ponders questions of race in the romance genre.

McDaniel College reports on the symposium and what it means for the status of the genre.

Eric Selinger’s remarks on the concept of a romance canon, with interesting discussion.

Press coverage

The Washington Post’s Style section report (with an unfortunate headline).

Smithsonian Magazine writes about trends in the scholarship of romance.

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Raymond is a web designer, graphic designer, and former journalist. She designed the Popular Romance Project website. Find out more about Chris A. Raymond.

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