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Novels, Then and Now

Area chair

Catherine Ann Winters

This area includes all novel genres, authors, time periods, cultures, and settings. Consider it a safety net for novels that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre or that cross genres. For example, consider the many sub-genres of Romance with a capital “R”—western, thriller, paranormal, religious, romance (with a small “r”), detective, urban fantasy, etc. From Pearl S. Buck to Lee Child, from Laurie King to Tony Hillerman, from Julia Spencer-Fleming to Emilie Richards—all are welcome.

Submission Process: Submit a 300-word proposal by July 15, 2021 to our online submission form at

Call for papers: 

Topics for the 2021 virtual conference could include, but are not limited to:

  • Novels taking place during pandemics, past and present
  • Novel reading as an alternative to digital engagement
  • Social justice in the novel
  • Electronic literature and transmedia projects that reference or include novels
  • Books on screen, such as bookshelves as self-expression as zoom backgrounds or books on social media

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