It’s Gotta Be All Up From Here

Jess and Trisha try to explain the destructive disaster that engulfed RWA, talk about the implications of the organization’s implosion, and discuss 2020 resolutions and romance titles they’re ready for.

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News

Here’s the SBTB rundown of the RWA debacle, and here’s Claire Ryan’s detailed timeline of the events leading up to it.

Jess did some very thoughtful reflecting on the situation as well.

Romance Sparks Joy created a list of books by underrepresented authors which were withdrawn from the RITA awards (which have now been cancelled).

And here’s the original of the comic Jess was describing by Alex Norris. (There’s another version with a fourth panel, but we’re not sure who created that fourth panel.)

Books Discussed

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Coming June 9th)

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (Coming May 26th)

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (which we’re discussing on the next episode of WIR!)

Send us your 2020 resolutions, books you can’t wait for, and your Goodreads reviewing tips! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).