DIVERSITY ARC#4: Romance Fiction (9/24/19)

WHEN: September 24, 2019; 9:45am to 12N

WHERE: Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield

Contact: Leane Ellis; rapotential@gmail.com  

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2019 is a year-long study of Diversity in Fiction. We continue with Romance Fiction after studying Historical Fiction in January, Fantasy Fiction in March, and Mystery Fiction in May.

Assignment: Everyone reads both benchmarks:  Sonali Dev’s Bollywood Affair (2014) and Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union (2017) The Loyal League#1 OR  another in Cole’s series: #2: A Hope Divided (2017), OR #3: An Unconditional Freedom (2019).                           

Please read a third title and record your titles in this category either from the suggested list below or one that you choose yourself on this blog under Submit 2nd Titles.

For appeal, please focus especially on frame, tone, and character.



Diverse books are those that reflect and honor the life experience of all readers. We Need Diverse Books defines diversity as: “including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

*including but not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction), as well as a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Thank you to the Western MA RA Round Table and the Southeastern MA RA Round Table for forging our path and providing resources and guidance.

ONLINE RESOURCES (again with thanks to the Western & Southeastern MA [Scroll down.] RA Round Tables)

ARRT: GENRE STUDY: Romance (5/21/19) Especially see LGBTQ Assignment  & Notes.

The Ripped Bodice Presents The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing 2018

Print/PDF Bibliography  (Available on Google Group) 

Bouricius, Ann. The Romance Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Guide to Love in the Stacks. ALA, 2000. p.3-21; 51-57.

Cole, Alyssa.” You Read Those Books?” “Writers & Readers” Booklist, September 1, 2918.  p37.

Goo, Maurene.” In the Mood for Love. “Writers & Readers” Booklist, September 1, 2918.  p67.

Higgins, Kristan.” It’s Not the Sex”. Publishers Weekly, August 17, 2915.  p.76.

Ramsdell, Kristin. Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre. LU. 1999. p. 3-15, 17-20, 23-29, 261-265, 289-292.

Rodale, Maya. Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained. Maya Rodale, 2015. p. 15-31, 66-67, 82-99, 174-183 plus all tables.

Saricks, Joyce. G. with revision by Jennifer Lohmann. “Getting Up to Speed in Romance,” NoveList. EBSCO. 2015 (3/07/19)

Wyatt, Neal & Joyce G. Saricks. “Romance.” The RA Guide to Genre Fiction. 2019. 3rd ed., ALA, p.191, 215-226.

NOTE: The NE RA RT did do an overview [Romance (3/23/10)] and will be exploring Romance Fiction again in 2021 & 2022.

Cancellation Policy: If the town/city of the location of the meeting cancels public schools, and/or there is a parking ban–the meeting will be cancelled even if the library in question remains open. We do not have an alternative date. Leane will modify the upcoming schedules to reflect the missed meeting. Leane will broadcast the cancellation of the meeting due to inclement weather by 7:00am or before from the Google group, and post it on this website.