Duke University invited us and a bunch of much cooler people to talk about gender, feminism, and romance novels.
Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel
Friday, February 10, 2017 – 2:00pm
We will present a panel of best selling authors in romance novel writing: “Ilona Andrews”(husband-and-wife writing team Ilona and Gordon Andrews), Eloisa James, Sarah Maclean and Alisha Rai. Each author will do a short reading/writing autobiography followed by a panel discussion related to Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel. We will finish with an open discussion of the topic: The Professional Writing Life: Advice for Aspiring Authors, beginning with How to negotiate in a gendered world. There will be a reception to follow.
More information available at this link.
UPDATE: Parking for general population is very limited on campus. Only 4 metered spaces near the building, so plan ahead for the Duke event. Thank you to Vinity for the information. 🙂
Multi-Author Event & Signing: Ilona Andrews, Eloisa James, Katharine Ashe, Sarah MacLean, and Alisha Rai
Thursday, February 09, 2017
BARNES & NOBLE INC
760 SE Maynard
Cary, NC 27511
Hope to see you there!
Shannon from Florida says
Awesome! Sounds great. Please give us a recap when you get home.
Allie L says
Or post it to YouTube! Please!
Yes, for those of not in the US it would be great if this was filmed and posted, but I suppose that is up to the organisers.
That would be awesome, for those of us not in those parts of the country as well.
I’m very excited 🙂 I will be there with bells on
The Authorlords are officially heavy-hitters. And Gordon gets to be the token male – they’ll pay a lot of attention to him! Wish I could be there.
Token male! I snorted when I read this! Dose he get a special hat if there are no other males present?
My husband is never token anything. 🙂
Indeed. No offense meant.
That’s not true, I was the token male in a family of women since birth. I grew up with zero older male relatives. Probably due to the family’s two girl rule, of which I remain the sole exception.
Okay, I’ll take the bait…the two girl rule?
I just spoke with Julie Wynmor’s office. She said to warn people that parking for general public will be an issue. Only 4 metered spaces near the building and metered spaces just off campus but she thinks they only last an hour. Kristi and I will plan to take a cab in.
This is for the Duke panel
For those interested in the Duke event (I’m a student there), there is a church parking lot behind campus (off of W. Markham Street) where visitors can park for free without having to worry about time restrictions.
Like Katie says, you can park in the lot of the Asbury United Methodist Church at the intersection of Markham Avenue and Sedgefield Street/Brodie Gym Drive during weekdays, free of charge and without restrictions. It’s a relatively short walk from there to the East Duke Parlors; basically, you’d be parking near a one end of a series of campus quads and walking across to the other end roughly 3-4 blocks away.
Sadly, between a concert on Thursday and a work presentation on Friday I won’t be able to make either event. ;_; Here’s hoping for more visits to North Carolina in the near future!
I am sooooo jealous!
nice! now you can write off at least some of your downtime. go, you!
you should visit Chicago, too. 🙂 I mean, maybe not in January, although this winter has been really mild…
I am gonna move mountains to get to this or the signing because we so rarely have authors I love over this way.
Oooh, this is so tempting. I’m about 5 hours north in Baltimore and I have a nephew who lives in Raleigh (and I used to live in Raleigh). Tempting, tempting.
…north in Maryland, I meant. I’m closer to DC than to Baltimore.
OMG, OMG, OMG!!
I live in Durham. Can’t wait.
Also, yer are absolutely right about parking on East Campus. You can part in the Whole Foods lot (1801 W. Main Street [the signs say you are not supposed to, but everyone does]) or in the public lot on Ninth Street.
When I am speaking on Campus I usually UBER. A whole lot easier, and you meet some interesting people.
Ooo cool, but I am stuck in Texas. What is it about universities and not being good with parking for events? Granted I have never looked up this one to see the campus or location there of.
That is an amazing honor and line-up!
Fan in California says
That is great! Represent and let your awesome shine.
Oh wow. So close! I can’t take off because I’m covering for someone on vacation that week!! ?
you are on a panel w Ms. James – how cool is that???
I just can’t wrap my head around the idea you guys write romance.
Admit it. It’s just weird.
Right? I mean I love the inter-play between Kate and Curren, etc, but I don’t think of Ilona and Gordon as writing romances, they are novels that happen to have some characters who have a romantic connection. Not that I am saying there is anything wrong with romances, I read them as well, it’s just that I don’t equate the term with Ilona and Gordon.
Like the man said. “Love is love is love is love”
I was wondering how they came up with that as well. LOL
I believe that Burn for Me, et al., is considered paranormal romance. Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance are often lumped together, but the main difference (as far as I can tell), is how fast the sparks fly between the involved couple, and more sex scenes. Personally, I prefer UF, because the adventure is paramount, and the romance builds more organically. I have nothing against sex scenes, but they tend to get repetitive, and I find myself wanting to know what about the next leg of their adventure.
By the way, no matter how it happens, the Author Lords always make the romantic scenes feel like a natural evolvement
. My favorite romantic moment between Kate and Curran is when he buys her shoes, and she asks how he knew her size and he points out all the places she’s kicked him. It was funny, but at the same time acknowledged Kate as a warrior.
Duke is a beautiful campus (former alumni so I’m a tad biased) so I hope you’ll enjoy the visit. Your panel team is esteemed genius so this is going to be AWESOME!!!
I’m down the road a bit in Charlotte and have to work so I’m feeling sad already. One of these days you guys will be near again and will coincide with my time off, or I’ll have enough heads up in time that I can request it off. *forlorn sigh*
A fellow Charlotte resident!! How cool!
Wish I could go. Duke is my alma matter. If you are there on a tuesday or thursday you should go to sushi love, they have amazing sushi and half price sushi on those days. Plus you should check out the duke gardens and the duke lemur center.
OMG this is where I live and the B&N is the one closest to my house. Squee!!!! I work until 7 but hopefully I could get there shortly after. Anne
Do you have to register for the event at Duke? Is it open to anyone?
Open to everyone. No registration when I spoke to the office yesterday
Laura Flourand, who is an instructor there, writer great romances. Check out her The Chocolate Thief.
Can I just have a squee induced heart attack?? I can’t believe you’re coming to my neck of the woods!! What are the limits for the signing? I mean, I’m not going to try to tie you up signing ALL my books, but if you’re ok with two, I don’t want to miss out. 🙂
I’m 3 hours away in Charlotte and could possibly make it. I’d love to do both events, as a feminist academic 🙂 But I might only be able to make it to the signing …
Bridget Silvester says
I live in Wilmington, NC which is two hours south and I am so excited to come to the Barnes & Noble signing. I have only been to one book signing and it was at Costco. He (Nicholas Sparks for my mom) literally just signed his name to the book, no interaction (except a quick picture) and moved on. Do we bring our own book? I normally do ebooks, but luckily have two recent ones in hardback.
Haha! I accidentally put my full name- too used to filling out forms lately I guess. Oops.
So excited about this! Just wanted to add if you park elsewhere on campus you can always take the connector bus from West Campus to East campus. Another idea is go check out the Duke gardens and catch the bus to East campus. I work at Duke and have stuff going on that day, so I’ll miss the panel, but I hope to make it to the signing. Let us now if you need restaurant recommendations, there are so many AMAZING place to eat around Durham.
I’m taking off Friday for the lecture at Duke, and I’m really excited! Thanks for the info about parking. I live near Duke’s east campus, so I’ll be walking over.