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Conversation Hearts: Casey McQuiston, Alyssa Cole, Alexandria Bellefleur, Katrina Jackson, Rebekah Weatherspoon, and Olivia Waite in conversation

This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar.


The Seattle Public Library, Third Place Books, and the Great Seattle Romance Writers of America present a virtual panel on the topic of bi and pan characters in romance! Alyssa Cole, Alexandria Bellefleur, Katrina Jackson, Casey McQuiston, and Rebekah Weatherspoon will take part in this discussion moderated by Olivia Waite, author of the Feminine Pursuits series. 

Queer romance featuring M/M and F/F love stories is booming! But sometimes these romances are billed as lesbian or gay romance even when one of the leads is bi or pan. This discussion will delve into bi and pan characters and authors, issues of representation and erasure, and more.

This event is presented in partnership with The Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America and Third Place Books and supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This program will be recorded, captioned and posted on SPL's YouTube channel after the event.

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Alyssa Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of romance, thrillers, and graphic novels. Her contemporary royal romcom A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018, and her debut thriller When No One Is Watching won the 2021 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime, having an existential crisis, or wrangling her pets.

Alexandria Bellefleur is a bestselling and award-winning author of swoony contemporary romance often featuring loveable grumps and the sunshine characters who bring them to their knees. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, Alexandria has a weakness for good coffee, Pike IPA, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Her special skills include finding the best Pad Thai in every city she visits, remembering faces but not names, falling asleep in movie theaters, and keeping cool while reading smutty books in public. Her debut novel, Written in the Stars, was a 2021 Lambda Literary Award winner and a 2020 winner of The Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction.

Katrina Jackson is an historian by day and a writer by weekend. She writes racially diverse and queer erotica, erotic romance and historical fiction. She enjoys 70s disco and good wine.

Casey McQuiston is a writer—books, essays, books, articles, books. She lives at the intersection of fun, escapist romantic adventure and smart-mouthed characters with bad manners and big hearts. Born and raised in the Deep South, McQuiston was taught how to love a good story and a great biscuit, and now lives and works in New York City with her dog, Pepper.

After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, multi award-wining author Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. Raised in Southern New Hampshire, Rebekah Weatherspoon now lives in Southern California where she will remain forever because she hates moving. With over twenty titles under her belt Rebekah has covered sub-genres from suspenseful paranormal romance to steamy BDSM romantic comedies, and now young adult romance. Look for If the Boot Fits, the second book in her Cowboys of California trilogy, out now from Kensington Books. You can find Rebekah and her books on twitter at @rdotspoon and her website.

Olivia Waite writes queer historical romance, fantasy, science fiction, and essays. She is the romance fiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review.

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