BIGNY Presents 'Publishing Romance: Redefining What Love Looks Like'
With more books featuring the LGBTQ+ community, plus characters of color and those living with disabilities, the event will discuss how the romance genre is evolving. Phoebe Cramer, Associate Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly, will moderate a panel that features Adriana Herrera (Author; President of the RWANYC), Cindy Hwang (VP & Editorial Director, Berkley), Kristin Swartz (Senior Editor, Berkley), and Kimberly Lionetti (Senior Literary Agent, BookEnds).
The event will be held at Penguin Random House, located at 1745 Broadway, New York, New York. The program begins at 6:30 P.M. with a professional networking
event preceding at 5:15 P.M. Admission is $45 online for BIGNY members, and $75 for non-members and at-the-door member purchases. A $5 pricing option is available for the program portion only.
For more information and ticket purchase, visit www.bigny.org.
Phoebe Cramer is an Associate Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly, covering romance and erotica as well as sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. With a Creative Writing degree from Bard College, she previously worked as a literary agency assistant, bookseller, freelance writer, and PW reviewer. Phoebe is a proud champion of genre fiction.
Adriana Herrera’s debut novel, American Dreamer, has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and was one of TODAY Show’s Hot Beach Reads picks. Adriana is an outspoken advocate for diversity in romance and has written for Remezcla and Bustle about Own Voices.
Cindy Hwang is Vice President, Editorial Director at Berkley. She has acquired and worked with a roster of bestselling authors. She was heavily involved in growing Sensation into a leading romance imprint, and in the development of the digital imprint InterMix.
Kim Lionetti is a senior literary agent at BookEnds, having worked with award winners and bestsellers in romance, women’s fiction, mystery/suspense, and young adult. As an Autism mom, she's especially passionate about stories featuring neurodiverse and special needs characters.
Kristine Swartz is a graduate of New York University and joined Penguin in 2012. In 2015, she won the RWA NYC Chapter’s Editor of the Year award. She is currently a Senior Editor with the Berkley Publishing Group, where she works on romance, women’s fiction, and mystery.
About the Book Industry Guild of New York
BIGNY is a member-operated organization that serves the publishing industry and community. Professional development opportunities are provided through social and educational events, seminars, and industry trips. The Guild hosts the New York Book Show, which celebrates achievements in book design and manufacturing, and organizes charitable events to promote literacy in the New York metropolitan area.