Do you love romance? Do you read or write romance? This is a celebratory event celebrating the diversity of the romance genre. Centering #ownvoices POC and LGBTQIA+ romance, this event will explore the joys and the future of the romance genre.
The afternoon will kick-off in the Microsoft Auditorium with a Fireside Chat with guest author Rebekah Weatherspoon in conversation with local author Jasmine Silvera. Panel discussions and interactive activities will commence on Level 4 with topics ranging from The Future of Romance, What Should I Read Next, Love It, Nerdy Lit Crit and Conversation Break Outs. Our amazing panelists include Jasmine Silvera, Olivia Waite, Robin Bradford, Claire Scott, Austin Chant, Amanda Jean, Piper J Drake and more to come! Let’s crush out on romance together!
After years of meddling in her friends' love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. She's worked in various positions from library assistant, meter maid, middle school teacher, B movie production assistant, reality show crew chauffeur, D movie producer, and her most fulfilling job to date, lube and harness specialist at an erotic boutique in West Hollywood. Her BDSM romance At Her Feet won the Golden Crown Literary Award for erotic lesbian fiction. Her novella FIT (#1 in the FIT Trilogy) won the Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Erotica Novella, SATED (#3 in the FIT Trilogy) was nominated for the the Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Digital Erotic Romance and most recently SOUL TO KEEP VSS#3 won the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBTQ Erotica.