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RA in a Day 2015
Red Hot RA: Demystifying the Romance Genre

Friday October 23, 2015


Hosted at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto   
41 Willcocks Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 1C7
Members: $155
Non Member: $185                                                  
Students $35 (limited spots)
Event cost includes conference, lunch, breaks, and handouts.
Doors open and refreshments: 8:30am.

In partnership with Library Bound, a scholarship  is available in memory of Joyce Kipps to help off-set costs for an OLA member to attend RA in a Day. The recipient will receive a one (1) year membership with OLA/OPLA, free registration to RA in a Day and a monetary award towards the cost of travel/accommodations to attend the event.

Program at a glance:

Time Topic Speakers 
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome 
9:15 - 10:30 Romancing the Book with Harlequin
Dana Hopkins, Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Blaze and American Romance, and Karen Reid, Associate Editor, Harlequin Superromance, will be joining us for a panel discussion on all things romance related. Ever wondered why these romances have been so popular for more than sixty years? This is your chance to find out! Learn about the different series, what elements go into making a great romance novel, and a book’s journey from manuscript to printed copy on the shelves.
Dana Hopkins
Karen Reid
11:00 - 12:00 Fun with the Romance Genre
Participants will have a little fun while discussing the romance genre and its appeal factors.  The committee will lead the session which will include the development of dating profiles for famous romance characters, creating titles for romance novels and reading romance novels in 5 minutes.
OLA's Readers' Advisory Committee
12:00 - 2:00 Luncheon Event - "Love Between the Covers" documentary
Enjoy a teaser from the new documentary Love Between the Covers, which just had its world premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and has been picked up for world wide distribution. This documentary film takes its viewers into the multi-billion dollar romance fiction business and the remarkable worldwide community of women who create, consume, and love romance novels. It is brought to us by the Toronto Romance Writers, an official chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
 Film & Toronto Romance Writers
2:00 - 3:00 Author Speaker: Maya Rodale, USA Today Bestselling Romance Writer
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels for Avon. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a frequent contributor to The Huffington PostBustle.com and more. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
Maya Rodale,
USA Today Bestselling Romance Writer
3:00 - 4:00 Keynote Speaker: Lisa Schimmer
Novelist cataloguer Lisa Schimmer is the Romance Writers of America’s Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year 2015, an award given to a librarian who excels in support and advocacy of romance authors, the romance genre, and romance readers.  

Her expertise in cataloguing romance novels, and increasing access through subject headings and appeal factors, tipped off the award committee that she was doing something special in connecting readers and books through libraries across North America. 

Lisa will be sharing how it is easier and faster to use these expanded appeal factors in Novelist to help our readers, and how to think about the romance genre in terms that are helpful when we’re faced with an RA request.
Lisa Schimmer,
Romance Writers of America 
2015 Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year
4:15 Final Comments and Door Prizes

Exhibitor Displays:
Library Bound
OLA Store
Penguin Random House
Simon & Schuster Canada

Directions to the University of Toronto Faculty Club:

Public Transit:
TTC Spadina Station, 10 minute walk south on Spadina.

Public Parking
UofT Parking

Cancellation Policy:
Registrations will be reimbursed at 100% until 30 days prior to the event; 50% until 15 days prior, and will not be reimbursed at all within 14 days of the event. Registration can be transferred to another staff member at any point during the registration process. Please email your cancellation or transfer request to education@accessola.com