Saturday, June 21, 1997
Sponsored by The Maumee Valley Chapter of
The Romance Writers of America
and The Browne Library
In 1996 the Romance Writers of America decided to place their organizational archives at the internationally famous Browne Library. ReReading the Romance was a one-day symposium, bringing writers and scholars together to celebrate this landmark event in romance scholarship.
Speakers: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Keynote Speaker, “The Power of Love: The Romance Novel at the Millennium; or, How the Ladies Had the Last Laugh”
Love has powered the career of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, multi-award winning author of ten romances. Her novels, published in fourteen languages, consistingly hit the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today best seller lists. It Had to Be You, her seventh book, was voted Favorite Book of the Year by the membership of the Romance Writers of America, and garnered four other prestigious awards. Many of her other books have been named Best Romance of the Year or have received Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Susan also contributed to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, which received the PCA/ACA Women’s Caucus Susan Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture. She delivered the keynote speech at the Romance Writers of America national conference in New Orleans in 1991.
After graduating from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in theater, Susan did postgraduate work at the University of Iowa. She taught high school for six years in the Columbus, Ohio, public school system. She now lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons.
Jennifer Crusie Smith, Luncheon Speaker, “Re-Visioning the Myth: How Romance Writers Adapt Myth and Fairy Tale”
Sizzle, a Stolen Moments novella, won the Silhouette Short Reads Contest, launching Jennifer Crusie Smith’s first sale in 1992. Jennifer began writer romances as part of her research for her doctoral dissertation and has since written nine category novels for Harlequin and Bantam. Getting Rid of Bradley won the Romance Writers of America Rita Award for Best Short Contemporary Romance and Anyone But You was named one of the Best Books of 1996 by the Library Journal. Jennifer’s academic publications range from “This Is Not Your Mother’s Cinderella,” an essay on fairy tales in romance fiction, in the forthcoming Scholars on Romance, and “Romancing Reality” in the journal Paradoxa to a book of literary criticism, Anne Rice: A Critical Companion.
With a bachelor’s degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in both professional writing and women’s literature from Wright State University, Jennifer is currently in the Ph.D. program and completing her MFA in fiction at the Ohio State University. She is exploring the use of humor in 20th century western women’s popular literature for her dissertation. Her main ambitions in life are to graduate from college and learn how to plot, not necessarily in that order.
Alison Scott & Cathie Linz, Closing Speakers, “Romance in the Stacks”
What do pulp art, Sherlock Holmes and Virginia Woolf have in common? Alison has published on these diverse topics. After working in rare book libraries in Illinois, New York and Massachusetts, Alison came to Bowling Green State University in 1993 to head the Browne Library. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University in 1995.
“Light, lively, and sexy . . . ” is the way Library Journal describes Cathie Linz’s books. Since leaving her career in a university law library, she has had more than thirty romances published in nearly twenty languages. Romantic Times has given Cathie its prestigious Storyteller of the Year Award. In 1995 Cathie received the Romance Writers of America’s highest service award–the National Service Award–for her work in educating others about the romance genre. Her first trilogy for Silhouette Desire, Three Weddings and a Gift, debuted last fall with Michael’s Baby, Seducing Hunter, and Abbey and the Cowboy, her thirtieth novel. Cathie lives in the Chicago area with her family.
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