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Durham County Library Hosts Fall Into Romance, A Celebration of the Romance Genre

Program: Fall Into Romance
Date: Friday, Nov. 7 to Saturday, Nov. 8
Time: Varies
Locations: Various
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host its second “Fall Into Romance,” a two-day celebration of the romance genre, on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at various locations. The celebration will offer presentations by authors and scholars, as well as the opportunity to mingle with other fans.

Fall Into Romance begins with a kickoff party on at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at Six Plates Wine Bar, 2812 Erwin Rd #104. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and beverages will be available for purchase from the bar. This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Call 919-560-8594 to register. Space is limited.

On Saturday, November 8, at Southwest Regional Library, authors and scholars will present a variety of topics, from the distinguishing qualities of falling in love in a small town, to how writing has informed their own lives. The weekend will end with a multi-author book signing. Registration is not required for Saturday events. Southwest Regional Library is located at 3605 Shannon Road.

Presenters featured for the celebration include Sarah Frantz, editor at Riptide Publishing and former president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance; Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author; and New York Times bestselling authors Carla Neggers and Cathy Maxwell. A complete listing of events is available at fallintoromance.org.

Fall Into Romance is sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Library. For more information, call 919-560-8594 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Fall into Romance Schedule of Events:

Friday, Nov. 7

Fall into Romance Kickoff Party
6 – 8 p.m., Six Plates Wine Bar, 2812 Erwin Rd. #104
Meet other romance enthusiasts at the Fall Into Romance Kickoff Party. The event is free, but registration is required. To register call 919-560-8594. Space is limited.

Saturday, Nov. 8

Queer Romance
10:30 a.m., Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Join Sarah Frantz, editor at Riptide Publishing and former President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, for a discussion of the history, conventions and appeal of LGBTQ romances. The only requirement of queer romance is that the main characters be somehow queer: same sex, trans, genderqueer, menage and more. Does this fundamentally affect the story told? Frantz will discuss these issues and hand out free books.

Falling in Love in a Small Town
1 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Join USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon for a discussion of romance, small towns and south Louisiana. Farrah is the author of over twenty romance novels and novellas, including I’ll Catch You, which was nominated for the prestigious RITA Award, and A Forever Kind of Love, a RT Book Review Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee. Her newest book, Forever’s Promise, continues her Bayou Dreams series in small-town Louisiana.

The Suspense of Romance and the Romance of Suspense
2:15 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Join New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers for a discussion of mystery, suspense and romance. Carla is the author of more than 60 novels that have sold in over 30 countries. RT Book Reviews called That Night on Thistle Lane “emotionally charged,” and Library Journal called Saint’s Gate, “A fast-paced, action-packed tale.”

Five Things in Life I have Learned Through Writing
3:30 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Join New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell for a discussion of life, writing, reading and romance. Maxwell is the author of over 30 romance novels and novellas and is known for her sensual love stories, realistic, engaging characters, and rich detail. Library Journal has called her books, “fresh, unique.” Her September release, The Groom Says Yes, is the final book in her Brides of Wishmore series.

Fall into Romance Book Signing
4:45 p.m., Southwest Regional Library
Books by Rochon, Maxwell and Neggers will be available for purchase, and the authors will be available to sign them.

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or grozier@dconc.gov

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