Romance Novels and Writers
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Join us on February 17th for an online program with romance writer Angela Terry about her new book The Trials of Adeline Turner. Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin will enjoy cheering for Adeline Turner as she navigates the twists and turns of her newly complicated life, falls into messy romantic situations, and tries to unravel an office-sabotage plot before it ruins her career.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the American Writers Museum gift shop—both in-person and online here—is full of gift ideas for the literature lovers that you, well, love. From jewelry and pins inspired by American writing, book-themed ties and scarves, posters with romantic quotes and more, you’re sure to please your beloved this Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year for that matter. They deserve it.
“I loved reading romance: the stories were fun, they made me happy, but they were so much more than that — they tackled major issues about sexism, relationships, consent, race, politics, family, and so much more. I hoped it would be as fun to write one as it was to read them, and I was right!”
—Jasmine Guillory, bestselling author of The Wedding Party, While Were Dating, and more
Hit the American Writers Museum blog for even more reading and explorations of romance writing.
- Prior to her July 2019 visit to the AWM to discuss her book The Wedding Party, we did a Q & A with Jasmine Guillory about the book, the romance novel genre, and which American writer of the past she would most like to go on a date with.
Check out the AWM Podcast Network to learn about influential romance writers of the past or hear current romance writers discuss their work.
- On Dead Writer Drama, our co-hosts dive into the life and legacy of Nora Ephron, the Queen of Rom-Coms known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally.
- Tune into AWM Author Talks to hear contemporary masters of romance like Jasmine Guillory discuss their craft, process, and more.
Over on our YouTube channel, revisit many of our past programs with romance writers.
- Lawyer-turned romance novelist Angela Terry discusses her debut novel Charming Falls Apart with members of the Chicago Council of the American Writers Museum.
Young Adult Romance Novels
Check out these past conversations with leading young adult authors to learn more about their books, crafting love stories for young adults, and the importance of youth seeing their lives and selves represented in literature.
In Never Look Back, acclaimed author Lilliam Rivera blends a touch of magical realism into a timely story about cultural identity, overcoming trauma, and the power of first love. Featuring contemporary Afro-Latinx characters, this retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice is perfect for fans of Ibi Zoboi’s Pride and Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper.
If graphic novels are more your thing, then tune into Ngozi Ukazu discussing her book Check Please! In this coming-of-age series, junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire and baking aficionado Eric Bittle adjusts to life as a freshman on the Samwell University ice hockey team and navigates a newfound crush on Jack, the team’s captain.
Looking for more diverse reading suggestions for young adults? We suggest these Young Adult Reading Recommendations. Not all of them are “romance novels” per se, but many of them are!
And for those of you who LOVE your pets, watch Jennifer Finney Boylan discuss her book Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs with Kathy Griffin. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us to pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.
A conversation with Jennifer Finney Boylan and Kathy GriffinThe American Writers Museum presents a virtual author talk with Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of "Good Boy: My Life In Seven Dogs." Boylan is joined by her friend and LGBTQ+ rights activist Kathy Griffin. This conversation originally took place May 13, 2020 and was recorded live via Zoom.
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