Thursday Midday Links: For $2 you can send a note and a cup of joe to a soldier
The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance has posted the schedule for its Second Annual Conference on Popular Romance Studies. This year, the conference is in Brussels, Belgium, generously supported by RWA and two Belgian funding sources, KVAB and FWO. The conference is 5-7 August, 2010.
The schedule is up. And summaries of all the papers and the authors’ biographies are up, too. There are three keynotes: Pam Regis, guided by the question, "What does a critic owe the romance?", Celestino Deleyto discussing the middle of romantic comedy films, and Lynne Pearce, discussing repetition in romance. There are, of course, many presentations on romance novels, but we will also be discussing romcom films, international popular romance, popular romance in translation, historical popular romance, and, of course, vampires.
Registration is open. And is a low 50 Euros, which is a bargain compared with RWA’s fees for the conference (unfortunately, the previous week)! We’d love to see as many romance lovers there as can make it! If you’ve wondered about IASPR and happen to be in the neighborhood, come and join us and spend a weekend happily immersed in popular romance studies.
Heads-up: next year’s conference is in New York City, 26-28 June, 2011, the three days before RWA’s NYC conference.
Yesterday CEO Carolyn Reidy of Simon & Schuster fired the 13 year publisher, David Rosenthal and replaced him with Jonathan Karp. Karp was most recently a publisher for Twelve imprint at Grand Central and before that was the publisher at Random House.
Via Deadline and Media Decoder
A company called Kno has developed a ginormous tablet device for college students. Started by Osman Rashid who founded Chegg, a company that rents textbooks to students, Kno aims to provide a replacement for textbooks and computer in one device. It has two 14 inch scfreens and weighs about 5.5 pounds. It’s built on a Linux OS and supports Flash (so students can watch Hulu?). The price will be something under $1,000.
Mr. Rashid said the company had deals with several large textbook publishers, including Pearson, McGraw Hill Education, Cengage Learning and Wiley, to make their texts available on the Kno.
Via author Susan Mallery is a link where you can donate $2.00 to bring a cup of coffee to a soldier. For $60, you can support 30 soldiers. With each cup, you can leave a note and the coffee with the note will be delivered for you.