Diversifying Love

Diversifying Love

Jun 03, 2017, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Downtown Stage


Multicultural romance is not new…but the majority of players in the proliferating and ever-popular Romance genre agree that stories of love need to feature “people of all colors, religions, abilities and sexual orientation” (thank you, #weneeddiversebooks, for trailblazing).  As stories of race and prejudice blare and glare from national headlines, authors and readers of this popular genre agree about one powerful, life-changing/life-affirming message: Love Transcends.  Romance has the power to open readers’ minds to stories that could imbue new understanding and acceptance in the ways we relate to one another.  BookCon is pleased to host a frank discussion about the need for inclusive, representative Romance, moderated by bestselling author and Washington Post columnist Sarah MacLean, joined by authors Nicole Blades, KM Jackson, Seth King, Tracey Livesay, Cecilia Tan and Mara White; along with reader/USA Today Happy Ever After contributor Denny Bryce.  As one of the most beloved voices in the romance genre affirmed in last year’s keynote address at the RWA (Romance Writers of America) national convention, diverse Romance “should be in the damn Romance section, not in the blue-light section…it’s about discoverability!”  Discover all there is to love about a popular genre whose authors and readers are embracing a wide spectrum of experience, and we invite you to take away a book that will open your eyes to the multiverse of romantic possibility.


  • Mara White


    Mara White is a contemporary romance author who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues such as race, gender, and inequality. She holds a B.A....

  • Cecilia Tan


    Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball, from her home in the Boston area. She is the author of many books,...

  • Tracey Livesay


    A former criminal defense attorney, TRACEY LIVESAY finds crafting believable happily ever afters slightly more challenging than protecting our...

  • Seth King


    Seth King is a 28-year-old author who began writing professionally at the age of thirteen and was never told to stop. Specializing in LGBT+ fiction...

  • Denny Bryce


    Denny is an award-winning, aspiring author who writes historical fiction, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance. She also is a regular...

  • Nicole Blades


    Nicole Blades graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA in Mass Communications and a BA in Psychology. After moving to New York City to...

  • K.M. Jackson


    A former fashion designer, K. M. Jackson won a New Jersey Romance Writers' Golden Leaf Award for her novel Bounce. A longtime member of Romance...


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