THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY: RACE AND THE FUTURE OF THE LOVE STORY PART 2 (ENCORE)

In 2019 a well known romance writer began tweeting about other writers in her community and concerns about racism. It led to a huge reckoning within an organization called the Romance Writers of America, which is still unfolding. And although the online debate seemed to be isolated to a specific community of romance writers and their fans, it was really a microcosm of what’s been happening all over the US. We learn all about romance novels and how newer writers are changing the norms of the genre, and giving it a political power it’s never had before. And, we talk about what it means for organizations to change as they grapple with questions of race, including organizations such as ours, at Making Contact.

Featuring:
Contance Grady; Senior Culture Reporter for Vox, Shana McDavis-Conway; Co-director for the Center for Story-Based Strategy and Staff reviewer for Smart Bitches, Trashy Book, CJ Broderick; the Equity Project, Jayashree Kamble; professor of English Literature at La Guardia Community College, Jessica Partnow; Interim Executive Director of Making Contact.


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