Historical Romance: SE-RART Meeting — Dec. 2

cover imageGoing back in time for the next meeting of the Southeastern Reader’s Advisory Roundtable group, we’ll be discussing Historical Romance. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10-12, at the Holmes Public Library, 470 Plymouth St., in Halifax. (If using iPhone Maps app, put in “499 Plymouth St., Halifax, instead of the library address or you’ll end up in Pembroke. 499 Plymouth St. is Town Hall, across the way from the library.)

Snow date (certainly unnecessary!) is Dec. 9.

While reading the benchmark title, The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and our individually chosen second titles from the romance subgenre of Historical Romance, we can try to keep in mind the  characteristics and appeal of the Romance genre in general that we talked about last month.

For the benchmark title, we originally planned on Indigo or Nighthawk by Beverly Jenkins, to make our romance genre reading list multicultural, but copies are scarce. An African-American author of popular historical romance novels, Beverly Jenkins has written over 30 novels, any one of which would make a good choice for a second title. If you want more of a variety of suggestions for your second title, check out her list of 10 Best Historical Romance Novels published in Publishers Weekly last February.

For more possibilities, authors to know in the historical romance subgenre – according to Joyce Saricks’ book The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd ed. z- include –in addition to Julia Quinn – Loretta Chase, Julie Klassen, and (a classic author) Georgette Heyer.

The supplemental readings for discussion at our December SE-RART meeting are selections from The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd ed., by Joyce G. Saricks and Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, 2nd ed., by Kristin Ramsdell. The details on these will be emailed to participants.

Don’t forget to register on the MLS Web site!

In addition, please read this NoveList article on humorous historical romances (including The Duke and I) by Jennifer Brannen:

Laugh Your Past Off: An Exercise in Humorous Historical Romances

If you want to post your second titles before the next meeting you can, and if you haven’t posted your Contemporary Romance second title, please click here. It doesn’t have to be a perfectly crafted paragraph summing up the essence of the reader’s advisory appeal factors of the book! If you can give us that, great! If not, whatever you’ve got is fine!  😉


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