Links: Speeches, Podcasts, & Magic

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s Wednesday! Are you ready for the weekend yet? I know I am. I have so much cleaning and unpacking to do (I was at a wedding last weekend) and I just haven’t been able to get to it this week. Hopefully, you have better weekend plans on the horizon.

Sarah: Tomorrow, 13 September at around 11am ET, NPR/WAMU’s 1A is doing a segment on romance, with Alisha Rai, Alexandra Alter from the Times, Leah Koch from The Ripped Bodice, and me! You can tune in or listen live at the 1A website: https://the1a.org/

Love bookish podcasts? BuzzFeed has a list of thirty-one of them and we’ve made the cut! Thanks to all the readers who let us know about it.

If you missed the Romance Writers of Australia conference, Kate Cuthbert’s keynote address is available to read online:

If we want to call ourselves a feminist genre, if we want to hold ourselves up as an example of women being centered, of representing the female gaze, of creating women heroes who not only survive but thrive, then we have to lead. We can’t deflect and we can’t dissemble. We need to look to the future and create the books that women need to read now. We’ve been shown our potential. To rise to it is our obligation.

And this is where it gets tricky, because as a community, we have to do the one thing that romance has never taught us how to do: breakup.

What do you think of the speech?

Check out the Royal Service Dogs: Advocacy and Art Facebook page. The artist, Arien Smith, wanted to increase awareness of individuals with both visible and invisible disabilities by portraying Disney characters with service dogs.

Orbit has a really fun graph on the different kinds of mages and where to find them. I’m definitely feeling the Witch Queen.

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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