BOOKMARKED is the name we gave to our journal, but since not everyone is on Twitter and not everyone on Twitter likes, we also run an adhoc compilation of links on the blog to highlight links and news that might be of interest.

ARRC13 reader registration is open

Early-bird registration is now open for readers going to the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Brisbane next year. The event runs from March 1 to March 3 at The Mercure. You can find more details and a link to the registration form at the ARRA blog. Guys, you HAVE to come along! Keynote speakers are Kristan Higgins, Anne Gracie and Rachel Vincent.

Lady Jane Salon at ARRC13

And in related news, New York-based Lady Jane Salon, a monthly romance fiction reading event, will be held overseas for the first time when it comes to ARRC13.  The event is open to everyone who has a ticket to the ARRC13 welcome reception. Here’s a teaser from the ARRA blog:

Modeled in spirit on the literary salons of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Lady Jane’s provides guest authors, patrons, industry professionals and members of the media the opportunity to meet, mingle, read aloud, and discuss great romance reads in a free-flowing forum. At Lady Jane’s, we don’t have ‘Q&As’, we have conversations. We don’t have coffee, we have cocktails, or ‘mocktails’ as our guests prefer. The Salon takes place in the evening at a wine bar, lounge, or coffee house and typically includes four guest authors and a break to allow attendees to chat with authors.

Australian Romance Readers Survey

If you haven’t already done so, I’d urge you to fill in the annual ARRA survey. The survey aims to collect some statistics about our reading habits. The survey closes October 18. Note: Australian readers only, please.

Has Fifty Shades of Grey changed your life?

If so, I was contacted by the TV show Can of Worms last week. They’re looking for personal stories and opinions from readers about the book, its characters and themes. Has the book proved to be a useful way to spice up things in your bedroom or just another book about a guy dominating a girl? Whatever your thoughts, they’d love to hear from readers. Please contact with your phone number and a brief outline of your experience.

Speaking of Fifty Shades…

Check out this infographic over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. It has some interesting stats on the book—and yes, it’s interesting whether or not you liked the book.

Book art installation in Melbourne

Did any readers from Melbourne see this installation of 10,000 books (from the Salvation Army)? Although it seems sad, at first—all those unwanted books!—I also think it’s quite haunting and beautiful. From the Architizer blog:

 The installation aimed to take control of the public space “in which the traffic withdrew, yielding ground to the modest power of the written word.” The dimly lit books began overflowing in the streets, stealing space amongst the dense traffic. On the closing night of the installation, the books were offered up to the visiting pedestrians, each allowed to choose their favorite books out of the thousands presented to them.


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