Romance Box | April 15, 2013


The Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2013 conference, in Atlanta, will host a preconference targeting local librarians and booksellers on Wednesday, July 17. Romance programming; Young Adult, New Adult, Adult Romance; From Sweet to Steamy Romance Fiction; and Have Faith (Inspirational Romance) are among the timely topics to be discussed by well-known authors such as Roxanne St. Claire, Christie Craig, Molly McAdams, Sylvia Day, Shelley Shepard Gray, Tina James, and Regina Scott and librarians Wendy Crutcher, Jennifer Lohmann, John Charles, and LJ romance columnist Kristin Ramsdell. With a luncheon speech by best-selling author Jill Shalvis and a chance to network with authors, this year’s program promises to be excellent—and well worth the $25 registration fee (lunch included)! Registration is limited, so sign up soon. For more information, go to

Librarian of the Year

Presented to “a librarian who demonstrates outstanding support of romance authors and the romance genre,” this year’s award goes to Sarah Whitten of the Bangor Public Library, ME.

Vivian Stephens Industry Award

Named for one of RWA’s founders and given to a romance-publishing industry professional “who has contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner,” this year’s award will be given to LJ Managing Editor Bette-Lee Fox.

Academic Research Grants

Established to “develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers,” this year’s $5,000 award goes to An Goris, a BAEF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University, for her book project “Is There an Author in This Genre?” which studies the complete works of five romance authors. Jayashree Kamble’s “Making Meaning in Romance: An Epistemology of Popular Romance Fiction” has been approved for partial funding.

Library Grant Award

Established to “provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming,” this year’s $4,500 award has gone to the Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library in Aurora, NC, to help rebuild its romance fiction collection, which was largely destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox ( is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"