Moderated by The AntiRacist Table, tonight’s panel will consist of discussing each author’s latest novel, the evolution of romance as literature, and its intersections with antiracism.
Beverly Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African – American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She’s the 2018 Michigan Library Association Author of the Year, a USA TODAY best-selling author, an NAACP Image Award nominee, and the 2017 recipient of Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. She has over forty nine published works, and been named to many Best Book of the Year lists, including NPR and the American Library Association. She speaks widely on romance, writing, and African-American history. Her books were recently optioned for film by Sony Pictures and Al Roker Entertainment.
Kwana Jackson aka K.M Jackson always knew she wanted to be either (A) a fashion designer or (B) a writer. After spending ten years designing women’s sportswear, Kwana took a leap of faith and decided to pursue her dream of being a writer. Now a USA Today Bestseller Kwana’s self-published novel, BOUNCE won the Golden Leaf for best novel with strong romance elements from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America. She was also named Author of the Year by the New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has been tapped by Oprah Magazine, ShondaLand and NPR for their Best Romance lists.
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her contemporary rom-com A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018, and her books have received critical acclaim from Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets.
Vanessa Riley writes Historical Fiction and Historical Romance (Georgian, Regency, & Victorian) featuring hidden histories, dazzling multi-culture communities, and strong sisterhoods. She promises to pull heart strings, offer a few laughs, and share tidbits of tantalizing history. She holds doctorate in mechanical engineering and a MS in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. Yet, her love of history and lattes have overwhelmed her passion for math, leading to the publication of over 20+ titles.
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