RT Booklovers Convention 2013: Meet The Pioneers Of Romance

The 2013 RT Booklovers Convention is officially less than one month away! Taking place in Kansas City, MO from May 1 - 5, this year we are celebrating 30 years of great RT conventions. And to help make this event extra special, there will be tons of pioneering authors in attendance. These are the women who introduced us to romance novels, and have shaped the industry for dozens of years. Below we go through some of the amazing workshops, parties and chats where you will have the chance to meet your writing idols. 



If hundreds of authors and piles and piles of books is your idea of a great time, then you will definitely want to join us at RT Booklovers Giant Book Fair. Convention goers get in free and the public is welcome to attend for just $5 a ticket at the door. The signing will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but make sure to come early to get a good place in line! 

Which classic romance authors will be at the signing? Here are just a few of the bestsellers that will be attending:

Laura KinsaleBertrice Small
Mary Jo Putney


Jude Deveraux
Mary Balogh
Sabrina Jeffries


For more information about the Giant Book Fair and a full list of authors signing, go here


If you are looking for a more intimate setting to meet and greet your favorite pioneers of romance, then we suggest checking out the following panels and workshops, which are all included in the full 5-day registration. Day passes are also available here for $99 and include all events for that day.


Authors Jennifer Blake, Karen Robards, Bertrice Small, Janelle Taylor and Cynthia Wright gather for a lively Pioneers of Romance Author Chat (Thurs, May 2 - 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.). Learn how these legends got their start and find out what's next, and come prepared with all your burning questions!


If there are two names synonymous with romance, it's these two! Come join Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood for their Legends of Romance Author Chat (Fri, May 3 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) and hear stories from the past, as well as what's to come for the future.


Romantic suspense takes on paranormal romance in the Heather Graham vs. Cherry Adair Showdown (Wed, May 1 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.), for what promises to be an epic fan battle! Pick a side and come prepared for a fast-faced Q&A with plenty of prizes for both sides! 


Help Robyn Carr celebrate the release of her newest series. Join the author for a A Taste of, and a Toast for, Her New Series (Sat., May 4 - 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.), set in Thunder Point, Oregon. Chat with the author, sample wines and nibbles from the region and score some swag!


This year the RT Convention turns the big 3-0, and you know we wouldn't celebrate without a big bash! So slip on your fanciest dress and come join us for a tribute to the pioneers of romance — including Rosanne Bittner, Virginia Brown, Laura Castoro (Laura Parker), Phoebe Conn, Thea Devine, Shirl Henke, Patricia Rice, Bobbi Smith and Janelle Taylor — and Lady Barrow herself for RT’s 30th Anniversary Formal Ball (Thurs, May 2 - 8:30 - 11:55 p.m.).

Registration is still open! Go here for the FULL CONVENTION REGISTRATION, which gives you access to events taking place Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5. Also available on the registration page are DAY PASSES and WEEKEND PASSES, to fit any schedule and budget. 

Interested in learning more about the RT Booklovers Convention? Use the following links:

RT Booklovers Convention Website >> 

Full Convention Schedule >>

Authors Attending >>

The 2013 Book Fairs >>