Friday, February 24, 2012

New SubGenres of Romance and Vijaya Schartz, at the Tucson Festival of Books - March 10/11, 2012

There is a buzz around. The Tucson Festival of Books is featuring panels about the new genres of Romance, like Paranormal and Sci-Fi Romance, and I will be part of that panel. An article featured in MarketWatch (the online Wall Street Journal) and on MSNBC on February 23, made a splash in the national media. I am thrilled to have been named in that article in such company, with Stephanie Meyer and Shiloh Walker. Read it at:

In any case, not only this huge festival (comparable to the L.A. Book Festival) is recognizing romance as an important part of what people read, but also all its various new subgenres. As a writer of romantic science fiction, this is the subgenre I will represent, in a panel with Zoe Archer and Lynn Rush on Saturday March 10 at 4 pm in the Koffler building, room #216, titled "More than Romance." It should be a dynamic event.

The Tucson Book Festival, the fourth annual community event is organized to bring together authors, publishers and the reading public in an arena friendly to families. Net proceeds from the festival are used to promote literacy in Southern Arizona. They have already donated $500,000, earnings from the previous three festivals, to local literacy groups, including Reading Seed, The Literacy for Life Coalition (which is now Literacy Connects) and the UA for their literacy programs.

The 2012 Tucson Book Festival takes place on:
•Saturday, March 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
•Sunday, March 11, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

General Admission is free. Booths and exhibits are set up at the UA Mall, along East University Blvd, stretching from Old Main to east of Cherry Avenue, where a new Science City venue will be set up. Parking is free at all UA surface lots and in six UA garages: Cherry Avenue, Highland Avenue, Main Gate, Park Avenue, Sixth Street and Tyndall.

Hope to see many of you there.

Vijaya Schartz

Blasters, Guns, Swords, Cats, Romance with a Kick

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