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HYBRID - Romance Book Club: Moroccan Romances

February 1, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Cheever Conference Room
66 Front St.
Ashland MA 01721

This month we are focusing on Moroccan Romances. Find a book set in the romantic land of Morocco, including the exotic cities of Marrakech and Casablanca, or one written by a Moroccan author. Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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LIVE - Meet the Author - Jenny L. Howe

February 3, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Books on the Square
471 Angell St.
Providence RI 02906

Join us on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and discussion with Jenny L. Howe, author of On the Plus Side. What Not to Wear and Queer Eye meet All the Feels in this sparkling romantic comedy by Jenny L. Howe, in which the new guest on a popular plus-size makeover show has her style—and her love life—transformed.

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LIVE - Books and Brews Book Club reads The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

February 8, 2024
6:00 PM
Hosted by PRINT: A Bookstore
Foundation Brewing Company
1 Industrial Way #7
Portland ME 04103

We've entered season two of our brewery book club with Foundation Brewing! Each month's book is paired with one of Foundation's beers for a discussion at the brewery on second Thursday of the month. On February 8th at 6 PM, we will be discussing The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa, paired with Foundation's Burnside, a brown ale layered with roasted notes of coffee, burnt sugar, and chocolate, but balanced by a touch of malty sweetness and rolled oats for body, that finishes smooth and easy.

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LIVE - The Happily-Ever-After Book Club Reads Foodie Romances

February 11, 2024
2:30 PM
Hosted by Boston Public Library
Central Library in Copley Square
Mezzanine Conference Room 2
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116

Join the Happily-Ever-After Book Club on the second Sunday of every month for tea and a bring-your-own-book discussion centered around a popular romance trope. With Valentine's Day coming up, we turn to the most romantic topic of all: Food! In February we will be chatting about our favorite Foodie Romances. Need a recommendation for a second-chance romance to read? Check out our suggestions, but don't feel pressured to read one! You can also ask for personalized recommendations from BPL librarians via Shelf Service.

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VIRTUAL - Black Girl Love: Indie Romance Writers Panel with Alexandria House, Katrina Jackson, and Ines Johnson

February 12, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We are so excited to chat with Independently published romance authors Alexandria House, Katrina Jackson, and Ines Johnson! As an all Black panel, we'll be talking about their journey to being self-published, the romance community, their books, and the rise of indie publishing in the last few years. And, just in time for V-Day - it's perfect! We hope you can join us.

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LIVE - Peggy Jaeger Author Talk and Signing

February 13, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Goffstown Public Library
2 High St.
Goffstown NH 03045

Calling all romance fans! Join us for a conversation with local author Peggy Jaeger, where we’ll discuss her award-winning novels as well as all things romance—just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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LIVE - The Romance Book Group Reads Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen

February 13, 2024
7:15 PM
Hosted by Cambridge Public Library
Teen Room, Main Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138

This group will explore the burgeoning genre of contemporary romance. Example selections include: Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola and Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner. Copies of the print book are set aside at the Main Library Q&A Desk on the ground floor. Visit the Main Library at 449 Broadway during service hours and a staff member can help you check out a copy. This month’s book is available as a digital audiobook through Libby.

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LIVE - Andrea Penrose Author Talk and Signing

February 15, 2024
5:30 PM
Hosted by Bank Square Books
53 West Main St.
Mystic CT 06355

Bank Square Books presents an author talk and signing with Andrea Penrose for her book, The Diamond of London, a dazzling new historical novel based on the real life of Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839), a British aristocrat, antiquarian, and adventurer who defied all conventional strictures of what a woman could and couldn’t do during the Regency era.

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LIVE - WBUR CitySpace: Happily Ever After with Beverly Jenkins and Ali Hazelwood

February 15, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Brookline Booksmith and WBUR
WBUR CitySpace
890 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Sales have never been higher for romance novels. The books that used to be seen as guilty pleasures and snubbed by “serious” readers have been flying off the shelves. They command their own bookstores, dedicated columnists, and thousands of book clubs. As the fervor grows, some romance novelists are breaking the mold to tell authentic, inclusive stories of “love is love is love...” Kalyani Saxena, Here & Now producer and avid romance reader, moderates a conversation with New York Times best-selling romance novelists Beverly Jenkins, Ali Hazelwood, and another author to be announced about their books, the popularity of the genre, and how it’s evolving. Copies of their latest books will be available for purchase from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith. The authors will sign following the conversation.

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LIVE - Thirty, Flirting, and Thriving: Romance Novel and Cheese Night

February 16, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Curds & Co.
288 Washington St.
Brookline MA 02445

We’re teaming up with our friend, Amanda Diehl, a local cheese lover/romance novel aficionado/all around amazing human, of Smart Bitches Trashy Books for a one-of-a-kind tasting. She’ll talk about the fiction-based flirtation, we’ll cover all the things you consume. Bring your favorite book to talk about, your favorite partner-in-spice, or get ready to make a friend you can smirk with. Perfect for: people who love blushing, those with overactive imaginations, anyone who wants to take a break from swiping for the night (but still craves the drama). Don’t forget to add on a book at ticket purchase… they’ll give your February some spice!

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VIRTUAL - An evening with Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne & Denise Williams

February 26, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Tewksbury Public Library and Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

An Evening with Romance Authors Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne & Denise Williams: Authors Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne, and Denise Williams will discuss their latest romance novels in this unforgettable panel discussion followed by audience Q&A.

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VIRTUAL - Celebrating the 30th Book Anniversary of "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" with Author Laurie R. King

February 27, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

Wow, can you believe it's been 30 years since the most amazing Sherlock Holmes retelling, "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" came out? And that the newest in the series, Book #18 (!), "The Lantern's Dance", just came out?! Join us with author Laurie R. King as we discuss the origin story to this series, the taking on of an icon, the twists and turns of storytelling, and the impact (cultural, social, political, etc) of Holmes and Russell on our collective consciousnesses! Bring your own tea and cake so we can all enjoy a bit of repast during the conversation (honey cake anyone? :).

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LIVE - Jenna Miller with Alechia Dow, Jennifer Dugan, and Jenny L. Howe

March 6, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by An Unlikely Story
111 South St.
Plainville MA 02762

We have the perfect event for YA/Romance lovers! Jenna Miller joins us to share her new friends-to-enemies-to-lovers tale, We Got the Beat, featuring romance, fat representation, and a meaningful exploration on how past hurts can affect our future. Jenna will be joined by fellow authors Alechia Dow, Jennifer Dugan, and Jenny L. Howe. They will discuss their books, answer audience questions, and sign copies!

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HYBRID - Romance Book Club: Australian Romances

March 7, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Cheever Conference Room
66 Front St.
Ashland MA 01721

This month we are focusing on Australian Romances and Authors. There are lots of titles that fall into this category -maybe a heroine finds love in the Outback (remember The Thorn Birds?) or find one set along Australia's beautiful coasts or in its cosmopolitan cities. Australian authors also abound, penning novels set all over the world so you are guaranteed to find something that appeals. Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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VIRTUAL - Romance Author Lyla Sage, In Conversation with Tarah DeWitt

March 9, 2024
2:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

You know we love book birthdays and we're excited to celebrate one with romance author Lyla Sage! Her new book, "Swift and Saddled", is the much anticipated sequel to "Done and Dusted". As you can probably tell from the titles and covers, they are cowboy stories with kick-butt heroines, bright blue skies, horses, and heart. We're looking forward to this conversation between Lyla and RomCom author Tarah DeWitt - book birthdays are the best with friends! We hope you can join us for what will be a fun and fascinating conversation!

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LIVE - The Happily-Ever-After Book Club Reads Sports Romances

March 10, 2024
2:30 PM
Hosted by Boston Public Library
Central Library in Copley Square
Mezzanine Conference Room 2
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116

March Madness is in the air! In March we will be chatting about our favorite Sports Romances. Need a recommendation for a romance to read? Check out our suggestions, but don't feel pressured to read one! You can also ask for personalized recommendations from BPL librarians via Shelf Service.

Free Registration Required. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.

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VIRTUAL - Author Talk: Marcia A. Zug

March 11, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

Marcia A. Zug Discusses "You'll Do - A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love": Why have people married through history? When you read about arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, dowries, etc. do you wonder what was the benefit of that particular system? Join us for this enlightening conversation with Professor Marcia Zug, as she discusses the history of marriage, how it's affected so many of our social norms, and if there is a benefit to taking economics and politics out of marriage so it can just be about love.

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LIVE - The Romance Book Group Reads Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

March 12, 2024
7:15 PM
Hosted by Cambridge Public Library
Teen Room, Main Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138

This group will explore the burgeoning genre of contemporary romance. Example selections include: Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola and Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner. Copies of the print book are set aside at the Main Library Q&A Desk on the ground floor. Visit the Main Library at 449 Broadway during service hours and a staff member can help you check out a copy. This month’s book is available as a digital audiobook through Libby.

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VIRTUAL - Monster Romance Panel with Ashley Bennett, Kate Prior, and Colette Rhodes

March 14, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We just love our Monster Romance Panels! This time, we welcome authors Ashley Bennett, Kate Prior, and Colette Rhodes as they talk about how is it different/same from PNR/Alien romances, their publishing journeys, and experience with Romancelandia. This is sure to be an amazing conversation!

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LIVE - MMarch with Nyla K., C. Rochelle, and M.A. Wardell

March 16, 2024
1:00 PM
Hosted by Grump & Sunshine Bookshop
159 High Street
Belfast ME 04974

Join Nyla K., C. Rochelle, and M.A. Wardell at Grump & Sunshine on March 16th for an Author Conversation and Signing! Purchasers of this ticket should arrive at Grump & Sunshine by 12:45pm for the Author Conversation to start at 1pm, the signing will follow. This tickets includes one book by each author (three books total) to be signed at the event.

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VIRTUAL - Q&A with Jennifer McCord: Romance in Publishing

March 25, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

Thoughts on Where Its Been: How is it possible that the romance genre continues to be judged so harshly even though it is a multi-billion dollar industry, often supporting bookstores so they can also sell other genres? Join editor and publisher, Jennifer McCord, in this discussion of her 30 years in the industry - the trends she's seen, the writers she's supported, and her thoughts on Romancelandia.

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HYBRID - Romance Book Club: Portugal Romances

April 4, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Cheever Conference Room
66 Front St.
Ashland MA 01721

This month we are focusing on Portugal Romances. Find a book written by an author from Portugal or one set in the romantic narrow cobblestone streets and cafes of Lisbon or perhaps the sunny resorts and fishing villages of Portugal's south coast. Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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LIVE - The Romance Book Group Reads The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

April 9, 2024
7:15 PM
Hosted by Cambridge Public Library
Teen Room, Main Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138

This group will explore the burgeoning genre of contemporary romance. Example selections include: Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola and Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner. Copies of the print book are set aside at the Main Library Q&A Desk on the ground floor. Visit the Main Library at 449 Broadway during service hours and a staff member can help you check out a copy. This month’s book is available as a digital audiobook through Libby.

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LIVE - Margaret Porter

April 18, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Gibson's Bookstore
45 South Main St.
Concord NH 03301

Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to welcome back local author Margaret Porter, with her first contemporary romance, A Change of Location! A publicity-averse location scout fears her relationship with an English aristocrat, owner of the estate where her film is shooting, will draw press attention and expose a relative's criminal past. Can't make this event? Order the book through our website, and leave your personalization/signing request in the order notes!

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HYBRID - Romance Book Club: Canadian Romances

May 2, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Cheever Conference Room
66 Front St.
Ashland MA 01721

This month we are focusing on Canadian Romances. Lots of Canadian authors and all sorts of romance genres to pick from this month. Perhaps you'll find that opposites attract in Vancouver, a complicated love triangle has developed in Toronto or a soulmate is found in Nova Scotia. Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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VIRTUAL - Romance Book Recs and Conversation with Lorelei of Lorelei's Lit Lair

May 8, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

If you know romance, you probably know Lorelei! Affectionately referred to as a passionate Romance Ambassador, Lorelei has been offering book recommendations, author spotlights, giveaways and connecting authors with readers through social media since 2010, providing a safe and friendly environment for book lovers around the globe. We are so pleased to be in conversation with Lorelei about how (and why) she got started, her most memorable author-meet moments, and books she's reading and recommending. We hope you can join us!

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VIRTUAL - Read "Romancing Mister Bridgerton" by Julia Quinn

May 15, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We just had to have an extra Romance Book Club discussion this month! Four episodes of Season 3, Penelope and Colin's story, is coming out on Thursday, May 16th with the subsequent four episodes dropping on June 13. To prepare, we need to discuss, "Romancing Mister Bridgerton"! For those of you in the know, you are aware that this is the 4th book in the series and Shondaland has made a creative decision to skip Book 3 (Benedict and Sophia's story) for now. It'll be fascinating to see how they make this palatable to long time Julia readers while also appealing to new ones. Let's talk about the book because we need to discuss the source material - and it'll be fun!

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LIVE: 3nd Annual Rom-Con Romance Festival

May 18, 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
129 Main St
Ashland MA 01721

Come hang out with some of your favorite authors (or meet some new faves!): Kate Canterbary, Loretta Chase, Kosoko Jackson, Carla Kelly, Kathryn Ann Kingsley, Caroline Linden, Jessica Martin, Tori Anne Martin, Cecilia Tan, and Maria Vale! We're looking forward to a day of a booksale/signing, panels, and small group discussions. So, grab your fancy hats and comfy shoes and come on out! Stay tuned for details for the day (but, for those who have been with us before, we will not be overlapping panels with discussion groups!). Books for sale and signing will be provided by Aesop's Fable (Holliston). You can also PREORDER books from our authors and Aesop's will bring them to the Fest for you to have signed (stay tuned for the link). And, finally, if you have books by our authors at home, please feel free to bring them and have them signed. Registration is Requested so we know how many chairs to put out (and you'll get handy reminders). But, walk ins are definitely welcome if the mood strikes you on the day of.

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VIRTUAL - Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month with Romance Author Camilla Evergreen

May 20, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We are thrilled to be chatting with romance author Camilla Evergreen whose book "How to Find Love When You're Weird" makes it clear that people on the spectrum, (in fact, ALL people) are worthy of love and an HEA (happily ever after). In fact, we would posit, that it's the very neurodiverse characteristics that make someone even more attractive to the right person. We can't wait for this conversation and hope you can join us!

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HYBRID - Romance Book Club: Eastern European Romances

June 6, 2024
6:30 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Cheever Conference Room
66 Front St.
Ashland MA 01721

This month we are focusing on Eastern European Romances. It could be set in Russia during the days of Catherine the Great (yes, the geography is debatable but let's include Russia for our purposes this month) or perhaps the Cold War conspires against two star-crossed lovers. Many romance authors have also been inspired by the folktales and fantasy of Eastern Europe (think Transylvania). Whatever you pick, come ready to discuss, share and add some titles to your TBR pile!

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VIRTUAL - The Two Nerdy History Girls Ride Again!

June 17, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

We're at it again! We keep having so much fun with Loretta and Susan that we had to keep bringing them back for encore performances. You know them as the Two Nerdy History Girls - authors Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott were the originators of the infamous blog. We, once again, have Loretta and Susan here to answer all of our burning questions. How do they find interesting tidbits of historical lore, which libraries of the world have they visited, and how do they avoid the inescapable "rabbit hole"? We can't wait for what we know is going to be a fascinating conversation between these two friends and researchers.

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VIRTUAL - Bridgerton Discussion: Season Three

July 10, 2024
7:00 PM
Hosted by Ashland Public Library
Ashland MA 01721

The highly anticipated Julia Quinn's 'Bridgerton: Season Three' is coming to Netflix in two parts on May 16 and June 13 brought to us by Shondaland! To celebrate, a few weeks ago we chatted about the book, "Romancing Mister Bridgerton" - which is actually book 4 in the series - what we liked and how excited we are for the show. Now we're talking about how the show was! Did it meet our expectations? What we liked or didn't like? How much did you love Penelope and Colin's story? Are your eyes bleeding from bingeing it?

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LIVE: RomantiConn 2024

July 26-27, 2024

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
Trumbull Marriott Shelton
180 Hawley Lane
Trumbull CT 06611

Welcome to the RomantiConn 2024 Author Signing Event brought to you by Kitty Berry Books, LLC. It’s a fun-filled event where authors and readers share their love of fangirling, book-boyfriends, and all things related to books and romance. RomantiConn is committed to bringing attendees a variety of sub-genres to fully explore the vast array of Romance. Multi-author signing both days.

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