- Presented By: Greensboro Bound Literary Festival
- Dates: May 21, 2022
- Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Price: FREE
*All events are FREE, but we do ask that you please register so that we can monitor attendance and venue capacity.*
Say goodbye to your mom’s harlequin bodice rippers, romance has gotten a makeover! From sleek new cover designs you actually want on your shelf (so long, busty corsets!) to rethinking what romance storytelling can mean, the new romance has become one of the fast-expanding genres, and with good reason. Romance authors are pushing the bounds of what’s possible, experimenting with form and structure in ways that were once reserved for “literary” novels and widening the view of whose love stories get to be told. Everyone deserves to be the hero of a smutty romcom, and that’s what this panel embodies: the new, inclusive face of romance and the authors pushing the genre onto bold new ground. Join us for a rip-roarin’ good time with CHERIS HODGES, TIMOTHY JANOVSKY, and THIEN-KIM LAM. Hosted by SHANNON JONES.
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Award winning author CHERIS HODGES was bitten by the writing bug at an early age and always knew she wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first romance novel, Revelations, after having a vivid dream about the characters. She hopped out of bed at 2 A.M. and started writing. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and a winner of the North Carolina Press Association’s community journalism award, Cheris lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is a freelance journalist. She loves hearing from her readers. Follow Cheris on Twitter @cherishodges, friend her on Facebook at Cheris Hodges.
TIMOTHY JANOVSKY is a queer, multidisciplinary storyteller from New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and a self-appointed certificate in rom-com studies (accreditation pending). When he’s not daydreaming about young Hugh Grant, he’s telling jokes, playing characters, and writing books. Never Been Kissed is his first novel.
THIEN-KIM LAM writes stories about Vietnamese characters who smash stereotypes and find their happy endings. A recovering Type-Asian, she guzzles cà phê sữa đá, makes art, and bakes her feelings to stay sane. Thien-Kim is also the founder of Bawdy Bookworms, a subscription box that pairs sexy romances with erotic toys. She’s been featured on Jezebel, NPR, BBC America, and Glamour. Her debut novel Happy Endings is now available, and her forthcoming book will be released in 2022
SHANNON PURDY JONES is co-owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC. She holds a BS in Evolutionary Biology from Appalachian State University. Her reading life is a disaster zone of general fiction, sci-fi, romance, queer studies and science nonfiction. As a bookseller she doesn’t believe in book shaming or book snobbery, and wants everyone who walks into her shop to feel at home no matter what they’re reading.