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Love Between the Covers Documentary

Both the film and its website, Popular Romance Project, are products of the partnership between the Library of Congress — Center for the Book and Blueberry Hill Productions. According to the production company’s press release for the film, “Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year—outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

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August is Read a Romance Month

You know the month. Talk of love and chocolate and red flowers. Romance is planned, discussed, and celebrated. Love stories are shared in the middle of the hottest month of the year—What? Wait! No, we’re not speaking of chilly February’s Valentine’s Day but rather sweltering August’s Read a Romance Month.

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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day: Romance for Teens

Looking to get in the romantic spirit this Valentine’s Day? Here are some great YA fiction titles that will make you feel the love:

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I’ll Tell You What to Read: Online BookMatch Program Connects Readers to New Books

It has often been said that New York is the nucleus of the universe. It is the style-maker and idea generator for many and always has the pulse of the latest de rigueur movements in art, culture, and fashion. This fall, they decided to expand that into the world of libraries with the Brooklyn Public […]


Need More Romance? There’s An App for That

In a previous post or two, I have mentioned the popularity of the romance genre. Romance novels continue to be a staple of the bookselling and library worlds. Now, due to the popularity of the genre and the variety of its subgenres, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) has created a unique app.

Promoting Romance Novels in American Public Libraries

For some time, romance novels have been regarded as a “scorned” genre.1 Due to the questionable status of romance fiction, many of the articles published in the professional literature are explanations of the romance genre for the uninitiated and defenses of the status and importance of the romance genre for readers.2 These types of articles […]

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Time-Traveling Romance

Readers’ advisory doesn’t just apply to making book suggestions. All media formats should be considered when looking for links between titles. This mixing of media is called whole collection readers advisory and is a great way to not only expand individual knowledge of connections between titles but can also be a way to highlight backlist titles in the collection.

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The Popular Romance Project – A Tool for Readers, Writers, and Scholars of this Popular Genre

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, check out The Popular Romance Project (PRP). Between the project’s blog and documentary, notable and significant recognition and examination of the genre will be brought to many disciplines such as English, history, folklore, psychology, and anthropology, just to name a few. Another goal of this effort is attracting potential consumers out there who do not know the intricate history, statistics, and substantial worth of romance in culture and society.


What You Don’t Know About Genre

Steampunk. Street lit. Sword-and-sorcery. Graphic novels. Hard sci-fi. Paranormal romance. As trends in reading and publishing change, so do library’s efforts to develop collections and reach out to potential library users. Included is a list of websites and blogs dedicated to different genres.