Tuesday Tidbits: A fantasy utopia

Tuesday Tidbits: A fantasy utopia

2016 Tuesday Tidbits (Graphic: Kim Tomacruz via Canva.com)

A weekly (ish) round-up of quotes and images from book lovers around the interwebs.

‘For women who live in a society where slut-shaming, genital mutilation, ageism and sexual double standards still exist, that particular happy ending is a symbol of a fantasy utopia in which the (still mostly patriarchal) world is remade, through the power of love, so that women are loved and loved well.’ — Annabel Stafford, What’s not to love about romance novels?

‘Over the course of this one-day symposium, a range of Australian popular fiction writers, publishers, critics and academics will come together to discuss how the field is being defined.’ — I’ll be in this one-day symposium in Melbourne in October. Come join us if you can! The symposium will conclude with an epic debate: In the Battle of Genres, Romance Will Always Win. I notice the organisers have made Escape editor Kate Cuthbert the second speaker for the negative. This should be fun!

If you know someone who is writing an article on the romance genre, or is new to the genre and genuinely wants to learn about the community, this is the best primer I’ve seen so far: A primer on the romance genre (Romance Novels, With Respect).

C. L. Wilson announced on Facebook that she has a short story prequel to the Fading Lands series coming out in October. I’m so excited about this!

‘But you don’t invite frumpy, single mothers with young children onto your goddamn fucking panels on feminism, do you?’ — If you only read one article in this round-up, read this one. Journalist Asher Wolf‘s angry essay on how feminism has let down mothers is amazing.

‘Good writing overrides casual racism every time.’ — Publisher Ingrid Ohlsson, quoted in Does having an ethnic names affect book sales? by Dilvin Yasa

‘Gentrification is what happens when rich people move into a poor neighborhood and remake it in their image. They move the furniture around while imposing their will, their values, and their perspectives on the people who live there.’ — Brian Keene, Genre Gentrification, or, “Queers Hate Techies”

‘The system is still there. It pushed back. The power structure remains. There are just some new people at the apex, prime among them the techlords flush with monopoly profits. They are as sensitive to criticism as any other ruling class, but with the confidence that they can transform and disrupt anything, from government to the press.’ — Nick Denton, How Things Work (on the demise of Gawker)

Upcoming book events 

Aug 26 – Sep 4: Melbourne Writers Festival
Aug 27 – Aug 28: Feminist Writers Festival (Melbourne)
Sep 7 – Sep 11: Brisbane Writers Festival — Features Kirsty Eagar
Sep 29 – Oct 2: National Young Writers’ Festival (Newcastle)
Oct 6: The State of Play: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century (Melbourne) — Features Kylie Scott and Anne Gracie
Oct 6: In the Battle of Genres, Romance Will Always Win (Melbourne) — Features Kylie Scott and Kate Cuthbert
Oct 8 – Oct 9: Book Expo Australia (Sydney)
Oct 15: A Romantic High Tea in Melbourne — Features Keri ArthurFiona Loweand Alli Sinclair
Nov 19: A Romantic High Tea in Brisbane — Features Anna CampbellTM Clarkand Kylie Scott

Feb 18: Books by the Bridge (Sydney) — Features Alice Clayton
Feb 24 – Feb 26: Australian Romance Readers Convention (Melbourne) — Features Kylie ScottCourtney Milan and Kristen Callahan
Sep 16 – Sep 17: Fictionally Yours Melbourne — Features Jamie McGuire

Graphic: Kim Tomacruz via Canva.com


  1. azteclady says:

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the link to the romance genre primer–oh, the entries for Nicholas Spark and Danielle Steele…if only Gabaldon was there as well!

    Thank you, too, for the absolutely amazing, and so on point, essay on feminism and motherhood. Viscerally honest, and so, painful to read.

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