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‘The Princess Diaries’ author Meg Cabot headlines Bookstore Romance Day

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2020

This weekend, bookstores across the country are celebrating Bookstore Romance Day, a virtual event celebrating romance fiction.

The program will feature a series of panels with several authors, including event ambassador Meg Cabot, author of “The Princess Diaries.” Cabot released “No Offense,” the latest work in her Little Bridge Island series, this week.

Established in 2019, Bookstore Romance Day was created to match independent bookstores, “who love and respect romance,” with romance readers.

“Have you ever gone into a bookstore and asked, ‘Do you have the latest (Name of Your Favorite Romance Author)?’ and had the snooty person who works behind the counter go, ‘Ew, no, we don’t carry those kinds of books.’ I have. So I know just how awful that can be,” Cabot said in a recent blog post at

At 6 a.m. Saturday, Cabot will kick off Bookstore Romance Day bright and early with an introductory session on the Bookstore Romance Day YouTube channel.

Following the welcome session, a diverse list of authors will discuss their work and relationship to writing romance fiction.

At 7 a.m., Mona Shroff (“Then, Now, Always”), Delores Fossen (“Settling an Old Score”) and Cara Bastone (“Just a Heartbeat Away”) will host the Coffee Break panel.

At 9 a.m., a new video from author J.R. Ward (“The Jackal”) will premiere on the Bookstore Romance Day YouTube channel.

At 10 a.m., Synithia Williams (“Scandalous Secrets”), Reese Ryan (“A Reunion of Rivals”) and Roan Parrish (“Better Than People”) open the Lunch Date panel. Registration is required; to register, visit

At 11 a.m., Maureen Lee Lenker of Entertainment Weekly will moderate the Avon Spotlight panel featuring event ambassador Cabot, Talia Hibbert (“Take a Hint, Dani Brown”) and Alexis Daria (“You Had Me at Hola”). Registration is required; to register, visit

At noon, authors Sarah Morgenthaler (“The Tourist Attraction”), Annabeth Albert (“Conventionally Yours”), Suzanne Park (“The Perfect Escape”), Miranda Kenneally (“Four Days of You and Me”), K.L. Walther (“If We Were Us”) and Ann Marie Walker (“Happy Singles Day”) will host the Rom Coms for Readers from 13 to 113 panel.

At 1 p.m., authors RaeAnne Thayne (“Summer at Lake Haven”), Maisey Yates (“The Hero of Hope Springs”) and Melissa Senate (“The Cowboy’s Comeback”) will host the Tea Time panel.

And at 3 p.m., authors Mason Deaver (“I Wish You All the Best”), Debbie Rigaud (“Truly, Madly, Royally”), Lucas Rocha (“Where We Go From Here”) and Leah Johnson (“You Should See Me in a Crown”) will host a panel on young adult fiction.

At 4 p.m., Harlequin authors Audrey Carlin (“What the Heart Wants”), Jayci Lee (“Secret Crush Seduction”) and Elia Winters (“Hairpin Curves”) will host the Cocktail Hour panel. Registration is required; to register, visit

The weekend event ends Sunday at 4 p.m. with a watch party for “The Princess Diaries,” the 2001 film based on Cabot’s series of the same name starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.

For links to each of the scheduled events, visit

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