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Thursday, May 25 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Looking for Love in All the Right Places… The Library Shelves! Romance Novels, Feminism, and Reading What You Want Without Being Ashamed

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Romance has been a sadly maligned genre. Often dismissed as trashy, poorly written,
and unworthy of a second glance by a serious reader, many people are ashamed to
admit they read romance or are unwilling to give it a try. Yet despite this negative
view, romance novels garner hundreds of millions of readers and represent billions
of dollars to the publishing industry. People want to read these books and libraries
have a duty to their patrons to stock their shelves with the latest titles. But beyond
just offering the books, library staff also need to be defenders of freedom to read
and advocates of all genres of literature.

In this presentation, we will discuss an overview of the romance genre (and its
many subgenres) as well as the challenges faced by libraries. Attendees will come
away with a new respect for this genre as well as tips for reader’s advisory,
knowledge of some key authors, and a willingness to explore some romance titles
(or openly admit they already read romance!)

Moderators
avatar for Dee Corey

Dee Corey

Chief Librarian, Cumberland Public Libraries
I started podcasting about books with Laura Emery a few months ago. You can find the BookRage podcast on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/bookjacket) or iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/bookrage-for-the-mad-reader/id1067337515?mt=2).

Speakers
avatar for Kristel Fleuren-Hunter

Kristel Fleuren-Hunter

Children’s Services Librarian, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
Children’s Services Librarian, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
avatar for Chantelle Taylor

Chantelle Taylor

Deputy Chief Librarian, Cumberland Public Libraries



Thursday May 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Grafton Room Rodd Charlottetown