Romance and the Resistance

Romance and the Resistance

Jun 03, 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Location: 1E16

Romance fans have long loved the genre for its unapologetic celebration of female power and sexuality. Now, more and more writers are beginning to consider the ways in which their work can offer not just a happy ending, but a powerful statement.” (Buzzfeed, “Who Gets a Happily Ever After in 2018)


Romance novels, despite their reputation as fare for featherweights, are chock-full of battles of the sexes as dark and complicated as those in real life. The difference is that romances have a happy ever after. And to get there, the hero is less likely to be wearing shining armor than a pink knitted hat.” (The New York Times Book Review, Love Notes)



Romance, as a genre primarily written for women, by women – is uniquely attuned to women’s rights issue.  Many authors in the past year have found themselves re-writing history (or at least their recently-finished books) in the wake of the election and the burgeoning #metoo movement.  For both authors and readers, it’s been a year of persisting and resisting in both the real and fictional world. Join authors Sarah MacLean, K.M. Jackson, Aya de Léon, and Roni Loren as they embark upon a spirited discussion with moderator Tina Jordan of The New York Times Book Review about how crafting HEAs inspires female empowerment, equality and hope in the current political climate.


  • Sarah MacLean


  • K.M. Jackson


  • Aya de León


  • Roni Loren


    Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then,...

  • Tina Jordan


    Tina Jordan is a well-known fixture in the literary world — first as the longtime books editor at Entertainment Weekly and host of Sirius XM’s “Off...

  • Donna Kauffman


    USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman writes small town romances with an emphasis on DIY and environmental consciousness. Donna’s history with...


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