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2021 Event:
Romance Panel
Romance fiction outsells all other genres of writing combined, and the vast diversity in the books means Romance has something for everyone. Join us as panelists Courtney Milan, Farah Heron and Uzma Jalaluddin dish on what’s fun, what’s steamy and what’s new in the world of Romance novels. Edmonton author Natasha Deen moderates.

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Courtney Milan’s bestselling books about carriages, corsets, and smartwatches have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. Before she started writing romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley, then a law degree from the University of Michigan. She was a law professor for a while. She now writes full-time.

Farah Heron’s debut, The Chai Factor, was named one of the summer’s best books by The Globe and Mail, and was praised in Book Riot, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Bustle and more. Her next release, Accidentally Engaged, was praised in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, NPR, The Toronto Star, Glamour and Oprah magazine. Her young adult debut, Tahira in Bloom, will be out November 1, 2021, and her next adult release will be Kamila Knows Best, out March 8, 2022.

Uzma Jalaluddin is the author of Ayesha at Last and Hana Khan Carries On. A high school English teacher, she is also a Toronto Star columnist and a contributor to the Atlantic. Her first novel was published in the US, the UK, Australia and India and was optioned for film by Amy Pascal and Sony Pictures.

Guyanese-Canadian author Natasha Deen writes for kids, teens, and adults. Her novel, In the Key of Nira Ghani, was a Most Anticipated Novel for both Barnes & Noble and Chapters- Indigo, a Red Maple Honour Book, and won the 2020 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award.