Mesa Public Library presents ‘Romance: The Genre of Hope Feb. 10 via Zoom. Courtesy image
COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
Mesa Public Library presents Romance: The Genre of Hope on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 7p.m. to 8 p.m. Romance is the genre with a guaranteed happy ending, or at least a happy for now; no matter how dark the plot, love always prevails (and who wouldn’t benefit from a little escapism right now?). Our expert panelists, author Jen B. Green (Little Wolf and Silver and Gold) and librarians Melissa Mackey, Eva Jacobson, and Norma Covington will dig into the nitty-gritty of the genre to explore why it’s so popular, who reads and writes it, how it continues to change, and why we talk about it as a guilty pleasure (and why we should stop doing that).
With subgenres ranging from contemporary and historical, inspirational and paranormal, to mystery and suspense, romance is a 1.44-billion-dollar business with some of the most prolific readers. Combined print and e-book unit sales topped 47 million in the 12 months leading up to March of 2021, and those sales represent nearly a quarter of the US fiction market overall. Program attendees will gain interesting new insights into this booming industry as well as loads of recommendations for their reading lists.
This event is free to the public and will take place online via the Zoom platform. Registration is required. Please visit the Library event calendar at LosAlamosLibrary.org or call (505) 662-8257 for assistance.
Also coming up on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 8pm: Snarky Heart Needlecraft (A Workshop for Disaffected Romantics) presented by local artist Samuel Buelow.