Female Detectives in the Classroom

The excitement I felt when William Morrow became Agatha Christie‘s publisher still hasn’t faded, and it’s wonderful to see her books in classrooms from middle school through college. For younger students, the motivation to solve the mystery becomes a lesson in the importance of deep reading as they learn to read like detectives. You’ll find teaching resources… Continue reading Female Detectives in the Classroom

Why should you assign popular fiction to your students?

by Beverly Jenkins When I began my career in 1994 with Avon’s publication of Night Song, academics paid very little attention to romance as a genre. The stories penned were often viewed as not worth the paper they were printed upon and the readers were given even shorter shrift.  Now, twenty years later, my historicals… Continue reading Why should you assign popular fiction to your students?

What Romance Teaches Us About Being Heroines

by Sarah MacLean Forty years ago, the modern romance genre began with the publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame & the Flower. While she certainly stood on the shoulders of Georgette Heyer and the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen, Woodiwiss changed publishing forever with a single, simple, high-concept idea: What if she wrote an adventure… Continue reading What Romance Teaches Us About Being Heroines