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Why Happily Ever After: Rethinking Love and Romance

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room

Rediscover falling in love with the perfect partner and the perfect book. Sarah MacLean leads a discussion with three renowned authors on reading and writing for the Romance reader. Some of the smartest, freshest, and most diverse fiction comes from this beloved genre. Whether you enjoy contemporary novels, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers or any number of other themes, there's a romance novel waiting for you.

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

About the Panelists:

Tessa Bailey graduated from the English program at Pace University. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love. You can find her online at www.tessabailey.com.

Grace Burrowes discovered romance novels when in junior high and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University. Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website, www.graceburrowes.com.

Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances. Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She lives in Virginia where, when she's not writing, she's knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar. Visit Hope online at www.hoperamsay.com.

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