Romance Report
September 9-15, 2019

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One day in Romancelandia lasts approximately 1.3 Earth years. Now imagine a week. To help you keep up, we’ve gone through the tweets about last week’s highs (and lows) of representation in romance to bring you our Weekly Romance Update.

These are tweets from or about BIPOC, LGBTQIAP+, and/or otherwise underrepresented writers, reviewers, and list curators. If you don’t already, please follow these accounts and be sure to always retweet the original post.

It was a relatively quiet week in Romancelandia, which we’re sure we’ll regret saying as soon as we hit “post.”

There was a lot of talk this week about how the RITA scoring system works (or doesn’t work) and how this intersects with issues of representation.

EE Ottoman wrote a thread about how we should talk about foundational texts while also acknowledging that many were problematic and reinfornced harmful tropes.

Talia Hibbert asked for people’s favorite authors of color writing queer romance, and, of course, Romancelandia showed up.

One great resource for this is the PoC Queer Romance Collective that Adriana Herrera and and Harper Miller started.

Adriana Martínez AKA Boricua Reads is celebrating the start of Latinx Heritage Month by launching her new blog #ReadLatinx.

And you can play Latinx Book Bingo with all the books you add to your TBR pile after combing through #LatinxReads

We’re launching our new feature—In the Loveseat—where we’ll basically gush over someone and tell you how to support their work. We’ll be kicking off with Melissa Blue this Tuesday.

We hope you have a week filled with books and joy and all the good things! And if we have missed anything important, please let us know. Our DMs are open. You can also submit anonymous feedback at bit.ly/RSJfeedback.

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