We ❤️ romance novels
Romance novels have long had a reputation for being flimsy, sexist, trashy bodice-rippers. But there’s lots more to the genre than meets the eye. This hour, we look at what makes romance novels work – and why so many of us are devouring them.
- Olivia Waite: The New York Times Book Review’s romance fiction columnist who writes queer and historical romance, fantasy, and critical essays on the genre’s history and future
- Jason Rogers: Olympic medalist, journalist covering masculinity, and the founder of a now-defunct romance book club for men
- Tony Horvath: Creative director for the long-time romance-novel publisher Harlequin, where he oversees production of about 80 book covers a month
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Colin McEnroe, Lily Tyson, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.