Celebrate Romance at Oak Lawn Public Library’s RomCon

Celebrate Romance at Oak Lawn Public Library’s RomCon
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Celebrate Romance at Oak Lawn Public Library’s RomCon (Oak Lawn, IL) — The Oak Lawn Public Library is partnering with Tinley Park’s independent romance bookstore Love’s Sweet Arrow on a free festival of romance called RomCon which will take place Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Eight romance authors will meet readers, sign books, answer questions and discuss romance.

“The RomCon’s book signings and author panels are going to be really entertaining, plus we’ll have trivia games and raffle prizes,” said librarian Kate Donley.

This collaboration with an independent bookstore is a first for the Oak Lawn Public Library. Love’s Sweet Arrow drew on its connections to recruit the eight Chicago-area romance authors to be guests at the event.

Romance authors attending OLPL’s RomCon include USA Today bestselling author Melonie Johnson plus Camille Baker, Kelly Farmer, Kathy Douglass, AJ Pine, Ieshia Wiedlin and Oak Lawn’s Emily Hornburg.

Author events will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. attendees will watch “Isn’t it Romantic” (2019, PG-13), a romantic comedy film starring Rebel Wilson, on the library’s big screen.

“Romance is one of our highest-circulating adult fiction genres,” mentioned Donley. “And not just at Oak Lawn. It’s the top earning genre of fiction and increasing in popularity.”

Oak Lawn Public Library has more than 7,500 romance novels in its collection, in addition to the jaw-dropping 100,000 romance e-books and e-audiobooks offered digitally through Libby and Hoopla.

Love’s Sweet Arrow will sell books at the event. Oak Lawn merchants Katie’s Hallmark and the Avenue Flower Shop and Wine Bar are also supporting the RomCon by donating merchandise for prizes and giveaways.

Roseann Backlin, owner of Love’s Sweet Arrow, said the biggest draw of the RomCon is that readers will get to meet romance authors in person. “It is so much fun talking romance with others, giving book recommendations and meeting others with similar interests,” Backlin added.

Kelly Farmer explains the draw of the RomCon for her as a writer, “I’m really looking forward to celebrating joy and romance with the Oak Lawn Public Library. It’s always fun to talk about uplifting stories where everyone can find their happily ever after.”

Attendance for this event is limited to 100 registrants. Sign up for this celebration by phone at 708-422-4990 or on the Oak Lawn Public Library’s online calendar at cal.olpl.org/event/9727480.

Celebrate Romance at Oak Lawn Public Library’s RomCon


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