Romance and Respect

Wednesday December 6: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a $15 gift card at the door or at the Strand's main floor registers to attend this event. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.

The subject of romance has been a hot topic in the news, what with various popular works of fiction featuring tumultuous relationship dynamics. With authors and advocates requesting hard-earned respect and recognition these works beg the question: what part does respect play in these stories? And why is it so many readers seem to enjoy seeing women portrayed as victims?

Join us in the Rare Book Room as a panel of distinguished and esteemed romance writers discuss respect in their beloved genre.


  • Loretta Chase
  • Joanna Shupe
  • Tessa Bailey
  • Megan Frampton
  • Tracey Livesay

Moderating the panel is Denny S. Bryce!


Loretta Chase has worked in academia, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets as a meter maid, and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early 19th century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her website

Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she watched her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on, and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Award for Best Historical Romance. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. To connect with Joanna, visit

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women's fiction under the name Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. You can visit her website at She tweets as @meganf and is at

A former criminal defense attorney, Tracey Livesay finds crafting believable "happily ever afters" slightly more challenging than protecting our constitutional rights, but she's never regretted following her heart instead of her law degree. She has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, the Washington Post, and CBS This Morning. Tracey lives in Virginia with her husband-who she met on the very first day of law school-- and their three children.

Denny S. Bryce is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, who won the Golden Heart in 2014 for Chasing Damn, a romantic suspense. An aspiring author, she writes historical fiction, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance. She also is a regular contributor to the Happy Ever After USA Today blog where she writes about fan fiction, author book boyfriends/book girlfriends, and recaps Outlander on STARZ. Based in Virginia, she is represented by Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates.