August 22, 2020

Bookstore Romance Day Panel

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes acclaimed romance authors TALIA HIBBERT, VANESSA RILEY, FARRAH ROCHON, and KENNEDY RYAN for a panel discussion about their work and their experience in the romance community, in (slightly belated) celebration of the second annual Bookstore Romance Day, which takes place Saturday, August 15. The panel will be moderated by CHRISTINA TUCKER, co-host of the podcast Unfriendly Black Hotties and frequent fourth chair on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.


Join us in celebrating the vibrant, diverse, passionate—in more ways than one!—community of romance & erotica authors and readers on Bookstore Romance Day! Our booksellers are fierce advocates of romance and the ways in which, by centering consent and female pleasure, it fills the world with a little more love. We're thrilled to partner with indie bookstores across the country in dedicating a day to literature that transports, titillates, and always promises a happy ending. Learn more about the Bookstore Romance Day project and participating bookstores here.

About Author(s)

Christina Tucker is one half of the Unfriendly Black Hotties, a podcast about the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in higher education, pop culture, and politics. Christina is also a rotating fourth chair on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, as well as the Social Media Manager for the Food 4 Thot podcast. You can find her running her mouth on Twitter at @C_GraceT.  

Bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows. Her newest book, The Boyfriend Project, was featured in, and many others. For more on Farrah and her books, visit

A RITA® Award Winner, USA Today and Wall Street Journal& bestselling author, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. Kennedy and her writings have been featured in O MagazineEntertainment WeeklyGlamour and many others. The co-founder of LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable book auction, she has appeared on Headline NewsThe Montel Williams ShowNPR and other media outlets as an advocate for ASD families.

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of Regency and Historical Romances featuring dazzling multi-culture communities and powerful persons of color. To fuel her interest in the Regency and early-Victorian eras, she made time for attending renaissance fairs and consuming period novels and films while obtaining her Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Historical Novel Society, as well as a Christian Book Lovers board member.