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This fascinating, fun documentary will reveal the remarkable global community of women who create, consume and love romance novels.
This fascinating, fun documentary will reveal the remarkable global community of women who create, consume and love romance novels.
335 backers pledged $58,669 to help bring this project to life.

Love Between the Covers is on Netflix! And it will be out overseas Nov 22!


Hello to our Kickstarter supporters,

Just wanted you all to know that Love Between the Covers is now on Netflix in North America!

And our foreign distributor will be releasing the digital version of the film overseas on Amazon the week of November 22!  (and on iTunes shortly after that)

In addition, the film will be released on consumer DVD in North America December 6 (just in time for holiday gift giving) -- through Amazon and other outlets. (As you know, the film has been available as an educational DVD from Women Make Movies for the past year.)

Many thanks to each and every one of you for believing in the film and the larger Popular Romance Project! 

You'll be proud to know that Love Between the Covers currently has five stars at Netflix, at Amazon, AND at iTunes. A clean sweep!

For any of you who have not yet seen the finished film, here are the first three minutes of the film you helped get off the ground:  Love Between the Covers.  Enjoy!  

With very best wishes! 


Release Day

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It’s release day!

As of today, anyone in North America can get Love Between the Covers on iTunes, Amazon, and many other platforms (listed here:
Our distributor, The Orchard, is doing a terrific job placing the film prominently at just about every place someone might look for the film.

Our new film trailer recently premiered at USA TODAY. Take a look.

You helped us make this happen! Many thanks to all of you!

We’d like to share with you -- our Kickstarter supporters -- some of the bonus videos (made from great footage that didn’t make it into the film) that we’re now making --and giving to authors in the film to share with their readers. Here are a few.

Robyn Carr and her daughter Jamie – Aunt Beth-- or Beth in the book?!

Beverly Jenkins - Beverly’s readers and friends gather in her kitchen before a football game

Eloisa James – Eloisa discusses the fairytales her parents read to her and how they translated into her fairytale romance novels

 Jane Porter – Why I choose to write commercial fiction 

Kristan Higgins - How I met McIrish

Stay tuned…. In future updates, we’ll share other bonus videos with you!

I suspect most of you have seen Love Between the Covers, but many of the people you know and love (who might enjoy the film) haven’t seen it yet.

So PLEASE help spread the word that the film you supported, Love Between the Covers, is now available! This is the link to give people:

If you use social media, here’s a post you can copy and paste (and edit and personalize, of course):
“@LoveBTCFilm, which I recommend, is now available on @iTunesMovies and On Demand. Watch it now!

There have been a flurry of new reviews and articles surrounding the release of Love Between the Covers.

Here are a few you might enjoy! (links in blue)

Huffington PostAn interview by Maya Rodale. 

The Boston GlobeA nice review by Peter Keough 

NPR RadioWest An in-depth interview with Laurie and Princeton prof Bill Gleason. 

Writer’s Digest A thoughtful article by Tyler Moss

RT Book Reviews A lovely piece by Damon Suede

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books A nice blog by Sarah Wendell 

As always, THANK YOU! We could not have made the film without you!
Best wishes!

Screening and distribution news

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Hello backers!

We have a few quick updates to share.

First, Love Between the Covers was recently named the #1 Editor’s Choice for 2015 by the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine! 

“Writers and fans demonstrate affection and mutual respect for each other in this well-edited program that will be devoured by romance readers, aspiring writers, and anyone who loves reading."
- Candace Smith, Booklist  

To find out where you can see Love Between the Covers, visit our screenings page. The film is being shown in libraries, universities, community halls, and movie theaters all around the US—and in Canada, Australia, and England. February was an especially busy month because of Valentine’s Day! And many more screenings are scheduled in the coming months.

Here are a few photos people have sent us of their successful events built around screenings of Love Between the Covers:

Romance editor Rachel Skinner organized a screening and romance book fair on the Pearl Harbor-Hickam Military Base in Honolulu.

Love Between the Covers interviewee  and romance scholar Jen Lois hosted a screening of the film at Western Washington University, where she teaches sociology. She was joined on the panel by romance writer Karina Cooper, Village Books event coordinator Sam Kaas, and Julie Duggar, a senior English instructor at WWU.

And Jennifer Lohmann, Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year for 2010, hosted a screening at the Durham County Public Library in North Carolina. Jennifer spoke on a panel with LBTC interviewee and Riptide Publishing editor Sarah Lyons, romance writer Sabrina Jeffries, and 2015 RWA Librarian of the Year Lisa Schimmer.

Again, for more information about upcoming screenings, visit:

Love Between the Covers is now available for educational purchase from Women Make Movies, so if you work with a university or public library, you can get your institutional copy here:

We’ve signed on with Java Films for international distribution of Love Between the Covers, and there were many interested broadcasters at the recent market at Berlinale. For more information on Java:

We are finalizing deals for domestic broadcast, digital streaming, video-on-demand. and private DVD sales. So stay tuned!

We promise to keep you posted about the official public release of Love Between the Covers. And we hope you will be enthusiastic ambassadors for the film you helped us make!

With many many thanks.

Best wishes!
Laurie and the BHP team 

The NYC Premiere & A great review in RT!


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Our NYC Premiere & How to host a screening of LBTC at a movie theater!

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Greetings from BHP! We have some BIG news.

Love Between the Covers
will have its official New York City premiere at the DOC NYC Film Festival, screening at:

IFC Center, 323 6th Ave, NYC
Thursday, November 19, 5pm.

Laurie will be there for Q&A, along with two of the main characters in the film, Eloisa James and Radclyffe.

If you live in NY or NJ, we hope to see you there!

If you know people in NY and NJ who might want to come, please tell them about the screening.


Groups of 10 or more can get DISCOUNTED tickets by calling Chris Wells at 212-924-6789.

Sharon Shattuck, who created the playful animation for Love Between the Covers will also be at DOC NYC representing her own film, From This Day Forward! We highly recommend you see her film, too!


We just made a new video to explain how people can host their own screenings of Love Between the Covers at movie theaters around the country, and we thought you might want to take a look!

The process is easy, the events are a blast, and hosts make 5% of the admission profit.  

If you want to arrange your own screening, visit: LBTC'S PAGE IN THE TUGG LIBRARY.
At this page, fill out the form with your desired event details (it'll only take five minutes). The Tugg process is simple, and we'll help you every step of the way!

Keep an eye out for screenings of Love Between the Covers in your area! Here's the link with our schedule:

Best wishes,
Laurie and the BHP Team