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Black Trailblazers in Romance with Norma Perez-Hernandez

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3 Monthly Sessions Thursdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT June 30 to August 25, 2022

Online via Zoom

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Meeting Dates:
Thursdays, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25
7-8:30pm ET via Zoom

Romance has been one of the most beloved and maligned genres in fiction. Though romance novels make up a billion dollar industry, romance readers can expect dismissive op-eds around Valentine’s Day and belittling attitudes toward readers and authors alike. While at the same time the romance genre is becoming more celebrated, it is also receiving a racial reckoning for the limited diversity of traditionally published authors over the decades.

This reading group will examine three works of romance by Black authors in varying subgenres. Whether it be a contemporary romantic comedy, a short story mythical retelling, or a sweeping historical romance, we will ask: how does this work support and subvert the genre? Does race and/or class inform the characters’ journey? And how do we find our way to a captivating happily ever after?


Led by

  • Norma Perez-Hernandez

    Norma Perez-Hernandez

    Norma Perez-Hernandez

    Norma Perez-Hernandez is an assistant editor who has worked on a variety of projects, including fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers, and nonfiction. A New York City native from the Bronx, Norma studied English literature at the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York and is a graduate of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College. The inaugural Women’s Media Group fellowship recipient and a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Nominee, Norma is thrilled to build a diverse list of authors and books.