Booksellers Gear Up to Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day on August 15

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Bookstore Romance Day, a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate romance fiction, was created by Billie Bloebaum in 2019 and is scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, August 15. 

Mariana Calderon of Second Star to the Right Books.
Mariana Calderon of Second Star to the Right Books.

Roseann Backlin of Love’s Sweet Arrow in Tinley Park, Illinois, told Bookselling This Week that she is thrilled for her store to be participating in Bookstore Romance Day. “We are celebrating the day with two virtual events and giveaways (both online and in store),” said Backlin. “We signed up because happily-ever-afters (HEAs) are the best books to read, and promoting this is our goal. We are most looking forward to the smiling faces that leave our store when we have events like this! Hopefully next year we will have authors in the store again.”

Britt Hopkins from Second Star to the Right Books in Denver, Colorado, said that her staff can’t wait for Bookstore Romance Day. “It’s a genre that doesn’t get enough love, since there’s this idea that it can’t be for everyone,” said Hopkins. “Especially as a children’s bookstore, it’s something that parents often shy away from with fears of introducing their teens to mature content too early (but not all romance is sex). We signed up to try to break that stigma, and bring a happily ever after (or a happy for now) to everyone who walks through our doors.”

Second Star to the Right will be partnering with Scholastic’s I Read YA program to present a YA Romance panel on August 15, as well as offering discounted romance books all day long.

“We’ve also been recommending some of our favorite swoon-worthy reads on social media all month long in celebration of #RomanceAwarenessMonth,” Hopkins added. “We’re most looking forward to showing readers that they can find themselves in a romance novel, just like any other kind of book.”

Around the country, booksellers are getting ready for the event. Here are just some of the ways booksellers are celebrating:

Bookstores can register for the event here. A link to this year’s event schedule can be found on the Bookstore Romance Day website.