Love Between the Covers | LJ Reviews

lovebetween101515New York–area librarians have a treat in store with the premier this week of Laurie Kahn’s love letter to romance writing.

Kahn gave us the inside scoop: “My new documentary film, Love Between the Covers, will be at the DOC NYC film festival, screening at the IFC Theater (323 6th Avenue, New York) on Thursday, November 19 at 5 p.m.  I’ll be there for a Q&A, along with two of the main authors featured in the film, Eloisa James and Radclyffe.”

LJ reviewed the award-winning film in the November 1 issue:

starred review starLove Between the Covers. color. 86 min. Laurie Kahn, Blueberry Hill Prods., dist. by Women Make Movies, 2015. $89; acad. libs. $395 (Rental: $150). For public performance and library screenings, contact Blueberry Hill Prods., LIT/BUS
“This is a story about pride. And also a story about prejudice,” begins director Kahn’s love letter to the prolific, powerful, billion-dollar romance industry. Kahn interviews readers, writers, publishers, publicists, other industry professionals, and professors studying the perceptions of romance through literature and history to provide a wide range of viewpoints of this often denigrated field. According to statistics, “Last year, 75 million Americans read at least one romance novel.” Romance readers and writers cover the gamut of age, race, education, and professional background, although they remain predominantly female. But “writers are readers” at heart, which makes this industry one of the most supportive to fans and prospective authors alike. Part of Kahn’s strategy is to show how much work goes into creating a romance novel, delving deeper into the lives of a few authors, for example, Radclyffe, Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan, and Nora Roberts. While Kahn covers everything from lesbian romance to Christian romance and all the time periods and paranormal variations in between, there is the noticeable omission of male/male and ménage titles, and BDSM is barely mentioned despite the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey. VERDICT The joy and excitement of the participants here are palpable. Kahn’s focus on Jenkins in particular is moving, as the author makes a strong case for a wider readership of African American romance. If your library owns romances, show readers some love and buy this film.—Melanie C. Duncan, Shurling Lib., ­Macon, GA