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Contemporary Romance

Don’t miss the first Southeastern MA Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) meeting of the 2015-16 year!

The meeting is Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 10 am– Noon at the Brockton Public Library. After tabulating our survey results, we will be embarking on a year-long study of the Romance and Women’s Fiction genres, starting with the Contemporary Romance subgenre. Everyone attending should read the benchmark title —It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — as well as a second title in the Contemporary Romance subgenre, and be ready to talk briefly about the benchmark title and your second title in terms of appeal factors: story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

it had to be you

Registered participants will receive an email with links to info to read before the meeting, and we will have printed copies at the meetings, as well. (Click on the links below for an online version of the readings.)

From The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd ed., by Joyce G. Saricks:

And from Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, 2nd ed., by Kristin Ramsdell

If you’re looking for ideas for your second title in the Contemporary Romance subgenre, we’ve added some, from the book Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interest, edited by Cynthia Orr and Diana Tixier Herald (click on the Genreflecting link below):



Year Two of the Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART)

Romance and Women’s Lives & Relationships

At our last meeting in June, we decided to take a poll on what genre to study in our second year. Allowing people to make two choices, we received a total of 13 responses – with 7 for Romance/Women’s Fiction; 4 for Action/Adventure and 3 for Mystery: Year Two.

So this year we’ll study the romance genre for the first three sessions and for the final two sessions, we’ll move on to women’s fiction (which Joyce Saricks calls “Women’s Lives and Relationships” in her book, The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd ed.) Over the course of a year, the hope is that we’ll shed some (or all) of our prejudices about these two genres (and whether women’s lives and relationships should even be considered a genre) and learn how to talk about the appeal of books in these two genres with readers.

“She (the romance reader) is a little wary of approaching library staff because many people, and perhaps especially the librarians she has encountered, seem to deplore her reading taste.”  – Joyce Saricks, The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd ed.

All of the sessions this year will be Wednesday morning, 10 am-12 pm. Please let us know if this makes it impossible for you to make the meetings!

Romance (Three Sessions)

Contemporary Romance (October 7, 2015) – Brockton
It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Historical Romance (December 2, 2015) – Halifax
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Paranormal Romance (February 3, 2016)
Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Women’s Lives and Relationships (Two sessions)

Benchmark (April 13, 2016) – Mattapoisett
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landik
(Joyce Saricks describes this as “the quintessential Women’s Lives and Relationships book”)

Benchmark (June 8, 2016)
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

New members of the group are always welcome to join at any time or to try a session to see how it works! Read through the About page to find out more, and feel free to contact Laurie or Miki with questions.

The workshops will be up on the MLS event calendar soon for registering. Please register in advance so you will receive the readings for the session and the meeting reminder notice! We’re still looking for host libraries for the February and June meetings, too!