On March 22 at 7pm EST, in a special evening event UNSUITABLE will welcome bestselling author Tracy Deonn for “Re-mixing a Legend: Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, Arthurian Legend, and Southern Black Girl Magic.” In 2020, Deonn’s novel Legendborn was an instant bestseller. A North Carolina native and UNC graduate, Deonn set this brilliant and utterly unique story on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. On March 22, she will talk about researching and writing Legendborn, and what it means to re-imagine a medieval legend to speak so powerfully to our present moment.
This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required: https://duke.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcuyoqTIjHdW5wS_vjbUy54gGWEFMc0oN
Welcome! UNSUITABLE’s seventh year of conversations about women, history and popular fiction begins on Friday, February 19th, with author Robin Covington. Register now for…
A Conversation with Robin Covington
Join us via Zoom on Friday, February 19, at noon EST for a conversation with bestselling author Robin Covington about writing fiction that celebrates how, even after the roughest night, dawn promises new beginnings.
A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller and biracial Native American author of color, Robin Covington proudly writes diverse romance. Robin’s books have won the National Reader’s Choice and Golden Leaf Awards and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, HOLT Medallion, and the Book Seller’s Best.
Free and open to the public. ***Pre-registration required.***
Zoom registration link: https://duke.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qdu2hqTMpE9P76_gu3xvSQvXBTAYqZPn6
Support comes from the Carolyn C. and William M. McClatchey endowment to Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University.
Save the dates:
March 12th Writing Closed-Door Romance with award-winning author Piper Huguley
March 22nd Re-mixing a Legend: Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, Arthurian Legend, and Southern Black Girl Magic with bestselling author Tracy Deonn
March 24th Made for Each Other? Developing Romance Protagonists with bestselling author Caroline Linden
March 31st What Makes a Great Romance Novel? with editor John R. Jacobson
April 14th Diversity in Romance Publishing: An Insider’s Perspective with literary agent and editor Latoya Smith
Find Zoom registration links to each of the 2021 season’s events on the Public Events page.
Join us this semester on Zoom as we celebrate diversity in romance fiction with special guests:
February 19, “Resistance Romance” with Robin Covington, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
March 12, “Writing Closed-Door Romance” with Piper Huguley, award-winning author of historical fiction featuring African American characters.
March 24, “Made For Each Other?: Developing Romance Protagonists” with Caroline Linden, award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance.
March 31, “What Makes a Great Romance Novel?” with John R. Jacobson, freelance editor for Carina Press.
April 14, “Diversity in Romance Publishing: An Insider’s Perspective” with Latoya Smith, award-winning editor and literary agent of LCS Literary Services.
All events are open to the public by pre-registration only. Contact Katharine.Dubois@duke.edu.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel or make private the remaining events in the Spring 2020 UNSUITABLE series. Please join us in person in Spring 2021 for the continuation of our public speakers series. Until then, we hope you stay safe and well.
Please note that the UNSUITABLE event “Pride and Prejudice Redux” featuring Uzma Jalaluddin and Eileen Chow, originally scheduled for March 16, has been cancelled due to Duke University’s extended spring break.
The April 1 and April 13 events have not yet been cancelled or changed. Please consult the schedule closer to those dates.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you soon!
The 2020 UNSUITABLE Series speakers have been announced! Join us this spring for exciting, informative and fun conversations with:
February 5th – Kimberly Whalen, president of The Whalen Agency
March 16 – Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Ayesha at Last
April 1 – Deborah Fletcher Mello, author of Reunited by the Badge
April 13 – Heather Demetrios, author of Little Universes
All events are 12-1pm and take place in the MicroWorlds Lab in 101 Classroom Building on Duke’s East Campus in Durham, NC. Seating is limited.
Here at UNSUITABLE we’re busy planning an exciting Spring 2019 season of visitors. Mark your calendars and save the dates for award-winning author of gorgeous contemporary romances Sonali Dev on February 15th, and bestselling author of brilliantly original historical romances Theresa Romain on March 22nd. Look for more special guest announcements to come soon, and please note our change of venue: events will take place at this year’s UNSUITABLE sponsor, the MicroWorlds Lab, on Duke’s East Campus (easier parking!).
See you in the Spring!
On March 23, UNSUITABLE welcomes author Damon Suede for a conversation about the rich and sometimes controversial history of gay romance, and the state of this popular sub-genre today. Join us at noon in 011 Old Chem on the campus of Duke University.
In early 2016, as part of an effort to encourage more university Women’s Studies programs to include courses about popular fiction in their offerings, one of the largest US publishing companies, HarperCollins Publishers, created a blog called Gender & Genre (full disclosure: this is currently my publisher), and invited its academically inclined authors of women’s fiction to contribute to it. My piece came directly from my experience teaching romance fiction and the genre romance industry to undergraduate students at Duke University. As part of our ongoing conversation about women and popular fiction, I’m sharing it here.
Join us on Duke’s West campus in January and February for three wonderful FREE & PUBLIC conversations about publishing, fiction and romance:
January 25, 6:30pm – “Marketing Digital Fiction” with HarperCollins Publishers’ Shawn Nicholls, Associate Publisher
February 8, 6:30pm – “Romance, Shakespeare & Popular Appeal” with New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James and Executive in Residence at Duke, John Forlines III
February 15, 6:30pm – “‘Colin Firth in Clingy Pants’: The Romance Appeal of Pride & Prejudice” with New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries.
More details here: https://sites.duke.edu/unsuitable/events/