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Update #11

Articles about the Popular Romance Project/Love Between the Covers

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As I said in Update #10, we've gotten some great press already for the Popular Romance Project and Love Between the Covers.

Here are the articles that have been in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Library Journal.

Enjoy!

THE LIBRARY JOURNAL ARTICLE

 THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION ARTICLE (this is six pages long, so keep scrolling!)


Update #10

HAPPY NEW YEAR! plus news about the film & project

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Happy New Year to all of you! I’ve got lots of news to report. 

2013 has been an incredibly busy and productive year for the Popular Romance Project. We’ve now shot approximately 85-90% of our footage for Love Between the Covers (there will be a few pickup shoots in 2014 as the lives of our main characters unfold). We’ve been shooting in New York, California, Connecticut, Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina. And I’ve been in touch with our video diary keepers (all aspiring authors) who are also shooting in Australia, England, India, and Georgia. 

Many thanks to everyone who has been involved – we’ve had a great time getting to know a wide range of romance authors, their families, romance readers, bloggers, publishers, editors, and cover artists. 

(At the bottom of this update, I've included a few photos of the places we’ve been, and some of the incredible people we’ve been shooting.)   

THANK YOU for your support, which is helping to make this film happen! In December, we opened the editing room where we will shape our footage into the feature length film Love Between the Covers. I’m fortunate to be working with the very talented (and fun and thoughtful) Bill Anderson, who also cut my previous films, Tupperware! and A Midwife’s Tale

The gala premiere of Love Between the Covers will take place at the Library of Congress on February 10 of 2015, in the historic and very beautiful Jefferson Building; the film screening will open the Popular Romance Project’s two-day conference at the Library of Congress, where leading scholars, romance authors and publishers will explore the deep roots of romance fiction and its future in the digital age. We just got funding for the big film premiere celebration, and we are delighted! 

All along we’ve been posting excerpts from our footage at PopularRomanceProject.org (check it out if you haven’t visited the site for a while). The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the amazing folks who are creating the Popular Romance Project website, received a generous production grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in March. With the funding they received, they are now designing a more interactive, thematically organized version of PopularRomanceProject.org that will include varied primary sources, videos, thought-provoking blogs, and an interactive game. 

Amazon.com recently agreed to be one of our corporate funders. They gave us some money and they will be helping us with marketing as well. Given how savvy they are, we are thrilled to get their help. We are pursuing other corporate funders, so if any of you have connections in high places in companies that sell diamonds, chocolates, wedding related goods and services, or other romance-related goods, please let me know! 

Although the Popular Romance Project film, conference, and library programs are still works in progress, the project has already gotten some detailed and very flattering coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Library Journal. I’m going to upload both of those articles in the next Kickstarter update, just below this one. I hope you enjoy reading them. 

To follow our progress from week to week, to find out what’s going to be posted at our website, and to find great links to popular romance related articles in the media, visit our Facebook page and give it a like at Facebook.com/PopularRomanceProject

Now that I’m hunkering down in the editing room and no longer on the road shooting, I’ll try to fill you in on our progress more frequently. 

With many many thanks, 

And warm wishes to you: the loyal supporters of Love Between the Covers

Have a great 2014! 

Laurie

Eloisa James (Mary Bly) reading poetry with her father, poet Robert Bly, in Minnesota
Eloisa James (Mary Bly) reading poetry with her father, poet Robert Bly, in Minnesota
Beverly Jenkins, with friends and family in Michigan, watching the football playoffs
Beverly Jenkins, with friends and family in Michigan, watching the football playoffs
Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan in N. Carolina, planning their next co-written book
Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan in N. Carolina, planning their next co-written book
a Sourcebooks cover shoot in Chicago
a Sourcebooks cover shoot in Chicago
a Sourcebooks editorial meeting at their HQ in Illinois
a Sourcebooks editorial meeting at their HQ in Illinois
the 2013 Romance Writers of America conference in Atlanta, Georgia
the 2013 Romance Writers of America conference in Atlanta, Georgia
a panel of Avon's authors at the Margaret Mitchell house in Atlanta
a panel of Avon's authors at the Margaret Mitchell house in Atlanta
shooting James Buchanan & her family bowling in California
shooting James Buchanan & her family bowling in California
shooting an interview with author Bella Andre
shooting an interview with author Bella Andre
shooting an interview with a romance reader in Georgia
shooting an interview with a romance reader in Georgia
Radclyffe (Len Barot) talking to readers at the LesFic Festival in Austin, Texas
Radclyffe (Len Barot) talking to readers at the LesFic Festival in Austin, Texas
Brenda Jackson & her readers celebrating her 100th book on a cruise in Alaska
Brenda Jackson & her readers celebrating her 100th book on a cruise in Alaska
me, enjoying the mountains near Skagway, Alaska!
me, enjoying the mountains near Skagway, Alaska!

Update #9

Lots of news! & packages are on their way....

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THE PACKAGES ARE ON THEIR WAY

Hello to all of our Kickstarter supporters,

The packages/letters with your Kickstarter pledge gifts all went out the day before Thanksgiving, so you should be getting them soon.  MANY THANKS! (Needless to say, some of the pledge gifts, like the DVD of the finished film, will arrive only after the film is finished!)  

Please let us know if you don't receive your package.   (FYI, if you never filled in the Kickstarter survey we sent out, we don't know your snail mail address.  So if you want your package, please email your address to me at laurie@blueberryhillproductions.com.)

LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS & POPULAR ROMANCE PROJECT NEWS

There's lots of news to report!

After the Kickstarter campaign was over, I went hiking in Wyoming and Montana (at Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks) for two weeks.  It was transportingly beautiful, and a perfect, much-needed break after a summer of non-stop work.  

I returned to Boston on a redeye in late September, and took off the same day (on a redeye!) for England, where I attended (and did some shooting at) the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR), which took place in York, England.  IASPR, for those of you who don't know it, is a wonderful organization started by romance scholars Sarah Frantz and Eric Selinger.  It attracts scholars from a wide range of disciplines (literature, social history, media studies, pop culture studies, anthropology), it holds an annual conference, and it also has a peer-reviewed online journal, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, that is well worth checking out.

After the conference, I traveled around England by train (to Oxford, London,  Lincoln, Yorkshire, and various small towns) to meet with English romance authors.  Jenny Haddon, the former president of the Romantic Novelists' Association, was extremely helpful and generous, opening doors for me with established and aspiring romance authors. As a result of these meetings, the film now has a fantastic new video diary keeper!  

I returned from England in mid October, and we hit the ground running, preparing for a) several days of shooting in Maryland and b) the first face-to-face, all-day meeting of the Popular Romance Project's humanities scholars and four institutional partners.  

On November 2, we shot NY Times bestselling author Susan Donovan with her friends, family, and medical team in Hagerstown, Maryland.  On November 3, we shot in Boonsboro, Maryland, where Nora Roberts had a booksigning (an impressive operation!) for her latest book.  We set up our Romance Story Station to capture the stories of Nora's fans, who had come from near and far.   

The big Popular Romance Project meeting was held the next day, on November 4, at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland (many thanks to Pam Regis and the Nora Roberts Foundation!).  As most of you know, the documentary film "Love Between the Covers" is one of four interlocking programs that make up the Popular Romance Project. In addition to the film, the Popular Romance Project includes a symposium on romance fiction at the Library of Congress, a nationwide library program organized by the American Library Association, and an ambitious website looking at popular romance across history and across different cultures, created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.  

During our day-long "summit meeting," the Popular Romance Project's scholars and partners all got to know one another.  And we got to work. We discussed the project’s progress to date, planned future project activities, and began the process of coordinating and integrating the project’s four programs.  After the meeting, project scholar Eric Selinger wrote to me,“What an amazing meeting—and those are two words, “amazing” and “meeting,” that don’t often hang out together. I came away feeling all sorts of inspired.”

We've got our work cut out for us, but I'm completely confident we've got the right team to make it all happen!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your support!!

To stay posted on a regular basis, please "like" us at Facebook.com/PopularRomanceProject, and take a look at our tweets @PopularRomance.  Please also check out the prototype of the ambitious website we are planning at PopularRomanceProject.org.  The Center for History and New Media is doing an amazing job creating the website, thanks to Kelly Schrum and her team.  The prototype site has been up and running since February of 2012 , and it has already gotten hits from more than 100 countries!  In the last few months, there have been blogs at the site about romance in Korean television dramas, reflections on Carly Rae Jepsen's song "Call me Maybe," a fascinating debate on the merits/demerits of the advice "write what you know," annotated lists of favorite research books from different authors, and video excerpts of interviews with romance agent Steve Axelrod and romance author Caridad Pineiro.

In addition to staying in touch through Facebook, twitter, and PopularRomanceProject.org, I promise I will keep you posted here -- through Kickstarter -- in the months ahead.  

Please feel free to write us with your suggestions and feedback!  We'd love to hear from you.

With very best wishes,

Laurie

Laurie Kahn, "Love Between the Covers" filmmaker (and Project Director for the Popular Romance Project)


Update #8

a thank-you video for all of you!

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We just made this …..a wholehearted THANKYOU video with the names of everyone who helped out in our Kickstarter campaign! Take a look…. 

Many of you have already answered the survey we sent out last week. If you haven’t answered, please do, so we can send you your pledge gift! Now that I have information about how many of you want each of the two bumper stickers, I’ve just placed our order with Build-a-Sign (don’t you love the internet?). I’ll place the order for the pins early next week. If you’ve asked for a pledge gift, you can expect a package in the mail in October.

In the past week I got to visit with my daughter (who flew in for the wedding of a childhood friend), and I drove my son (and all of his stuff) to Toronto for his freshman year in college. Next week, I’m heading out to Montana for a much needed vacation. Big skies and mountain meadows are just what I need! And after that I’ll be heading to York, England for the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. 

I’ll see some of you in York. And I’m sure I’ll be seeing others at romance events in the months ahead. Have a wonderful Fall. I promise we’ll keep you posted as the film takes shape. 

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out PopularRomanceProject.org. There are lots of great blogs and videos there, and two new blogs are added each week…all about popular romance from every conceivable perspective!

Best wishes!

Laurie


Update #7

THANK YOU!!! We did it!

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Last night, at midnight, our Kickstarter campaign reached its end date, and surpassed its goal.  

I am delighted to report that with the help of every one of you, WE RAISED $58,669!

So THANK YOU ALL very very much -- not only for your pledges, but also for helping us get the word out about the Kickstarter campaign!!

I'll be sending out short surveys this week to get information from each of you to fulfill your pledge gift choices.  

HURRAH!


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