Romance in a new millenium

Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
August 4-5, 2000

The Browne Library of Bowling Green State University and the Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America co-hosted a symposium bringing together academics, librarians, romance writers, and readers to exchange ideas and critically examine various aspects of the genre.

Featured Speakers

Jayne Ann Krentz (Keynote): The author of twenty-six consecutive
New York Times besellers, jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes under
the pen names Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle, has over 23 million
of her books in print. In addition to her fiction writing, she is
the editor of, and a contributor to, the non-fiction essay collection, Dangerous
Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance

Kay Mussell is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
at American University, where she also serves as Professor of Literature
and American Studies. She is the author of Fantasy and Reconciliation:
Contemporary Formulas of Women’s Romance Fiction
(1984) and Women’s
Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide
(1981) as well
as the editor (with Johanna Tuñon) of North American Romance Writers (1999),
a collection of essays by authors on their own work. She has also
edited two collections of articles on ethnic and regional foodways
in America.

Jennifer Crusie Smith: Among Ms Crusie’s credits are Welcome
To Temptation
(2000), Crazy For You (1999), Tell
Me Lies
(1998) and Anne Rice: A Critical Companion (as
Jennifer Smith, 1996). She has contributed to several anthologies
devoted to romance theory and criticism and written reviews, literary
analysis, and editorials for newspapers, magazines and journals.


History, Herstory, and Romance was chaired by Anne Kaler,
a professor at Gwynedd-Mercy College, is the chair of the Romance
Area for the national PCA/ACA conferences and the editor of Cordially
Yours, Brother Cadfael
(1998), for which she received an Edgar
nomination, and Romantic Conventions (1999). Panelists were
Diane Calhoun-French (Dean of Academic Affairs, Jefferson Community
College-SW, Louisville, Kentucky); Denise Koch (1999 Golden Heart
Finalist, writing under the name Alexis Lynn); Kimberly Brown; and
Lee Tobin McClain (Director, Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction
Program, Seton Hill College, Greensburg, Pennsylvania).

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? was
chaired by Julie Tetel Andresen, who is an award-winning romance
writer, professor at Duke University where she has a joint appointment
in English and Cultural Anthropology, and the founnder of the publishing
company, Madeira Books. Panelists were Leslie M. Haas and Kara Robinson
(founders and co-owners of the Internet discussion group, RRA-L);
Ann Bouricius (author of The Romance Reader’s Advisory: The Librarian’s
Guide to Love in the Stacks
[2000] and three romance novels under
the name Annie Kimberlin); Sara Reys (Promotions Director for;
and Susan Hopkirk (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, University
of Alberta).

The Many Voices of Romance was chaired by Nikoo and Jim
McGoldrick who write under the pen name, May McGoldrick: together,
they are the award-winning authors of six historical romances; their
first non-fiction book, entitled A Marriage of Minds: Collaborative
Fiction Writing
was published in 2000. Panelists were Amanda
Kinard (Marketing Manager, Ingram Book Company); Gwendolyn Osborn
(Director of Public Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology, senior
reviewer for The Romance Reader, and editor of Black Issues
Book Review
); and Andrea Cawelti (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).