April 20: Romance writer says 'Real Heroines Rip Their Own Bodices'

New York Times and USA Today best-selling historical romance writer Sarah MacLean will discuss the challenges, myths and misconceptions of the literary genre in “Real Heroines Rip Their Own Bodices,” the keynote address for the 2012 Gender Conference at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

“Passions” is the theme of the fifth annual meeting.

MacLean is the author of the wildly popular "Love by Numbers" romance series that began with “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake,” and a new series, "The Rules of Scoundrels," which launched in February with the book “A Rogue by Any Other Name.” She was the first author to receive the Romantic Times Magazine Seal of Excellence.

MacLean earned a degree in American studies at Smith College and a master’s degree in education at Harvard University before writing her first book, the young adult novel “The Season.”

Her “Real Heroines Rip Their Own Bodices” presentation takes place Friday, April 20, in the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel at Penn State Behrend. It begins at 12:30 p.m.; admission is free and open to the public, and parking will be available in the college’s Junker Center lot.

Penn State Behrend’s annual Gender Conference is sponsored by its School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Endowment Fund, and the Women’s Studies minor. For additional information, contact conference chair Sarah E. Whitney at 814-898-6325 or sew17@psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 11, 2012