February 14, 2022
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce that its annual Romance GenreCon convention for romance readers and writers will return August 4-6, 2022, to its Woodneath Library Center. The free, three-day festival will draw romance fans and authors from across the country for a convention dedicated to the creation and enjoyment of the continually top-selling genre.
Headlining this year’s convention will be a variety of bestselling and award-winning romance authors, including:
- Kerrigan Byrne, USA Today bestselling author of historic romance
- Elizabeth Camden, acclaimed historic romance author and former academic librarian
- Tessa Dare, New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical romance author
- Elizabeth Essex, award-winning author of historical romance
- Virginia Heath, acclaimed author of historical romance
- Nicole Locke, a Harlequin historical romance author
- Janna MacGregor, Kansas City resident, attorney, and acclaimed author of historical (Regency) romance
- Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of contemporary, romantic suspense
- Vanessa Riley, New York Times bestselling author of multicultural Regency and historical romance
- Cat Sebastian, acclaimed author of historical LGBTQ+ romance
- Joanna Shupe, award-winning author of historical romance, including a BuzzFeed best book of 2021
- Amalie Howard, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance
- Lisa Rayne, Award-winning author of historic and contemporary fiction
Thursday and Friday (August 4 and 5) of GenreCon will be the Romance Writers Conference, with experienced romance authors and industry professionals leading classes on navigating the romance writing process―from character development to publishing and selling a book. Friday and Saturday (August 5 and 6) will be all about the fans during the Romance Readers Conference. Passion-loving readers will have the opportunity to meet their favorite authors and participate in a range of activities, including games, crafts, and cos-play.
To learn more about Romance GenreCon, visit mymcpl.org/Romance. Registration for the event will open in May, and more details about the full schedule of the convention will be released then as well.