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UNSUITABLE #20: Piper Huguley


Apr 06 2018


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Friedl Building Rm 225

Duke's East Campus Quad

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UNSUITABLE #20: Writing African-American Inspirational Historical Romance

A Conversation with Piper Huguley

For decades, genre romance novels featuring heroes and heroines of color were considered niche market fiction, and likewise for “inspirational” romance featuring characters facing spiritual challenges. Now Christian fiction accounts for a massive proportion of the US fiction market, while authors of African-American romance are still fighting for equal recognition in a largely white industry. What role are both readers and publishers playing in increasing diversity in romance fiction, and how does an author of Christian African-American romance fight that battle as both writer and scholar? Join us for a public conversation with romance author Piper Huguley.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Co-sponsors include Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, African & African American Studies, History Department, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Religious Studies, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, #Artstigators, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.


Piper Huguley

Spelman College

Piper Huguley seeks to make new inroads in the publication of historical romance by featuring African American Christian characters. She is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. Her newest series, "Born to Win Men," starts with A Champion’s Heart, named by The Washington Post as a best romance novel selection for…...

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