Whether we love them or no, most of us feel like we know what a book reading event is like, bookstores, quiet audiences, serious authors, a little wine, a little cheese. But Maya Rodale, Leanna Renee Hieber, Hope Tarr and Ron Hogan set out to change that five years ago when they started an all romance reading series called Lady Jane’s Salon. Think laughter, drinks, irreverence, steam and happily ever afters!
Evidently it worked. Audiences and authors alike love these events. This is why New York City’s first and only romance reading has been going strong for 5 years and inspired a satellite series in 5 additional cities: Denver, CO, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Naperville (Chicago area), IL, San Diego, CA and, most recently, Grenville, SC. Romance readers in all sorts of places can come together monthly to hear great excerpt read by visiting authors and to connect with each other over their shared love of romance.
Here’s what the founders say: “The Salon takes great pride in having hosted such luminaries of romance fiction as Eloisa James, Sabrina Jeffries, and Marjorie M. Liu while also encouraging debut and mid-list authors to “be our guest.” Past and present guest authors represent the full spectrum of the diverse and ever-evolving romance genre from traditional historical and contemporary romances to novels that cross over to science fiction and futuristic, fantasy and steampunk, inspirational and GLBT romance, to name but a few.”
Not only are they connecting writers and readers, Lady Jane’s Salon is also doing good for the community. At every monthly reading, the organizers charge a small admission fee of $5 or one gently-used romance novel. All books are donated to a non-profit and the net proceeds support a yearly donation to an thematically fitting charity. Since we launched the original Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC in February 2009, we have supported www.Women-in-Need.org.
The next NYC Lady Jane’s Salon is happening Monday, June 3rd, 7:00-9:00 PM at Madame X (Top Bar). 94 West Houston St., New York, NY 10012-2529. (212) 539-0808.
June’s featured authors are NY Times and USA Today bestseller, Laura Kaye; RITA® Award Winner, Deanna Raybourn; & NY Times & USA Today bestseller, Lisa Renée Jones. All of these writers will be making their Salon debuts.