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Women, History & Popular Fiction

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UNSUITABLE 2019

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 "Publishing & Marketing Popular Fiction: A Case Study of the Romance Novel" course at Duke University.

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

 

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Spring 2019 Events

 

UNSUITABLE #23

UNSUITABLE #23 - With Stephanie Stegemoller & Caitlynne Garland of Dog-Eared Books
"From Biology to Books: An Unexpected Journey"
NOON, JAN 23, 101 CLASSROOM BUILDING
The founders of Dog-Eared Books met while getting their Bachelor's degree in Biology of all things. Caitlynne, a shy, reticent person, picked an empty table in Genetics lab. Stephanie, gregarious and outgoing, picked the same table, began talking, and the two have been fast friends ever since. Stephanie and Caitlynne will share the story of their journey from school to bookstores, how they created a mission to ensure that every person who wants to read has the ability to do so, and what they've learned about the big business of bookselling along the way.

UNSUITABLE #24

UNSUITABLE #24 - With Author Sonali Dev
"Cruise Ships, Cops & the Black-Market Organ Trade: Researching Real Microworlds to Write Fiction"
NOON, FEB 15, 101 CLASSROOM BUILDING
Authors of fiction often begin their novels with inspiration from real events or people, bending and blending those through the art of storytelling to create entertainment. Navigating those pathways between reality and fiction without sacrificing detail or authenticity can be a thrilling, albeit delicate and sometimes complex, dance. In this workshop, award-winning author Sonali Dev will share the joys and challenges of researching real-life worlds to create larger-than-life fictional love stories.

UNSUITABLE #25

UNSUITABLE #25 - With Author Theresa Romain
"Making Love Out of History: 19th-Century Pleasure Gardens and Modern Romance Fiction"
NOON, MAR 22, 101 CLASSROOM BUILDING
How does an author of novels that require both historical accuracy and romance that resonates with 21st-century readers maintain the balance between authenticity and pleasurable fantasy? She plucks from actual history truly astonishing stories and then drops her vibrant, unique characters right into the middle of them. In this workshop, consummate storyteller Theresa Romain will share her experiences using research into real history to craft moving love stories for modern readers.

UNSUITABLE #26

UNSUITABLE #26 - With Editor Latoya Smith
"Diversity in Romance Publishing: An Insider's Perspective"
NOON, APR 3, 101 CLASSROOM BUILDING
What does the world of romance fiction publishing look like from the perspective of an agent? Or an editor? Or an agent and editor whose goal is to help authors of color and stories that celebrate diversity succeed in this competitive industry? With thirteen years of experience as both an editor and agent, Latoya Smith of LCS Literary Services will share her stories, including a day-in-the-life snapshot of working in today's publishing industry.

 


Co-sponsors include the Humanities Unbounded MicroWorlds Lab, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Department of African & African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and the Department of History at Duke University.