This past Saturday, August 17, was Bookstore Romance Day. I had no idea there was such a thing but, to be fair, this was its first occurrence. Though I had no idea about the event, I had in fact signed up a few weeks ago to attend an event on Saturday at a local bookstore that featured a panel of romance writers.
It was purely coincidental.
Honesty compels me to admit that I did not, in fact, attend the event, blowing it off to go see Hamilton instead. I have no regrets.
Anyway, back to Bookstore Romance Day.
According to creators of the event:
Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction—its books, readers, and writers—and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community.
Judging from my newsfeed on Monday, the day was a definite success. Bookstores across the country hosted a variety of events including panel discussions, romance book clubs, and author-bookstore matchmaking.
Sponsors of the event included Romance Writers of America, Sourcbooks Casablanca, and Avon and a number of well-known authors participated, including Loretta Chase who was part of an evening romance writer panel at the Harvard Bookstore. Continue reading