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UNSUITABLE #13, Black Love Matters: Writing African-American Romance

with Beverly Jenkins
April 6th, 2016
4:45 PM


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 

Forum for Scholars and Publics (011 Old Chem)

4:40 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.

UNSUITABLE” is an events series that engages students and members of the Durham community in a discussion of women’s interests and popular fiction. It is run in conjunction with “The Romance Novel” course at Duke University and is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and PublicsJohn Hope Franklin Humanities InstituteThe Kenan Institute for Ethics and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

Beverly Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African-American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She’s a USA Today bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award nominee, and has over thirty published novels to date.

All “UNSUITABLE” events are free and open to the public.


Beverly Jenkins

USA Today bestselling author

Beverly Jenkins is a USA TODAY bestselling author and the nation’s premier writer of African-American historical romance fiction. She specializes in 19th century African American life and has over thirty published novels to date. She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards and a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club. She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and People Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history and was the 2014 featured speaker for the W.W. Law Lecture Series sponsored by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.