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ReadOut 2023: Modern Queer Romance–HEAs Guaranteed

February 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

ReadOut 2023

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library presents a panel discussion of how the broad genre of queer romance explorres the transformation of LGBTQ romantic relationships in literature.

Melissa Brayden is the multiple award-winning author of twenty-three contemporary romance novels. She is a dedicated storyteller on the page and stage with a Master’s Degree in theatrical directing. Sander Santiago is a Queer-Trans BIPOC writer bringing LGBTQ+ narratives to the literary world. In addition to his debut book, Best of the Wrong Reasons, Sander is a published poet and academic. Stephanie Shea is a writer of sapphic contemporary romance and young adult novels. She is currently signed with indie publisher Nine Star Press with whom she published her debut contemporary romance Liquid Courage, in November 2020. Georgia Beers is the Lambda Literary Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award and Goldie award-winninfg author of over thirty novels of women-loving-women romance. Erin Zak is an author of nine sapphic romance novels, as well as short stories, reviews and blogposts. Erin’s first book Falling Into Her, was a Golden Crown LIterary Society Award finalist.

Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Gulfport Public Library. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Registration is suggested but not required to attend. Free parking is available at the library.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

February 18 @ 11:30 am -
February 18 @ 12:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Melissa Brayden, Author Sander Santiago, Author Stephanie Shea, Author Georgia Beers, Author Kelsey Dye, Blogger and Sapphic Book Reviewer
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Event Contact:

Susan Gore
(727) 222-2508

Event Venue:

Gulfport Library
5501 28th Ave S
Gulfport, Florida 33707
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Venue Phone:
(727) 222-2508

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