Read with Pride Northwest 2017 Keynote and Photos

Wow! It’s been a little over a week since Read with Pride NW 2017, and we’re still feeling the book love! How was your time at RWP this year?

We’re excited to share a recording of the 2017 keynote chat with authors Tobi Hill-Meyer (Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic) and Rebekah Weatherspoon (Soul to Keep, Treasure) that explores a range of topics, including exploring barriers within queer romance publishing, the power of writing positive queer stories, and how to find books.

Find the full RWP opening remarks and keynote below or on our YouTube channel.

  • 0:00 – 2:00 – Opening Remarks by Misha Stone (Seattle Public Library)
  • 2:00 – 10:20 – Opening Remarks by Tracy Timmons-Gray (Read with Pride NW)
  • 10:20 – 59:00 – Keynote Chat with Tobi Hill-Meyer and Rebekah Weatherspoon

Read with Pride 2017 Photos!


Read with Pride NW 2017 Attending Authors

We were running around, so didn’t take too many photos on our own, but we sure did appreciate the photos shared on twitter! Here is a small sampling from the day.

Talking about one of our themes for 2017… #RESIST


Awesome keynote chat with Tobi Hill-Meyer and Rebekah Weatherspoon


Character Type Love Match 2017!

We know you might be dying to know who won the 2017 bout of Character Type Love Match, the participatory reader game where a lot of character types enter, but only two leave to the ultimate Couple for 2017. 2014’s winner was Soldier & Tattoo Artist. 2015 was Mage & Cyborg. 2016 was Assassin & Recluse, and 2017….?


This year’s winner was Medieval Pastry Chef & Sweater-vest Curmudgeon!

And part of this year’s winning couple was even a suggested Character Type from Twitter! Thanks @gaybookgeek for submitting the (winning!) idea!


Book Hauls!

Not only could attendees buy books from the RWP Bookfest, but every year we give away free books at the beginning of the event. This year’s donations came from Bold Strokes Books, Less Than Three Press, Dreamspinner Press, author Joanna Chambers, and a selection of popular queer genre fiction donated by Old Growth Northwest.




NaNoWriMo Time!

On both Friday and Saturday, we opened up space at the Seattle Public Library for those working on NaNoWriMo projects (or who just wanted to write). It was great to see people each morning writing away!


Write with Pride

Speaking of writing, 2017 was also our first year to offer Write with Pride, a half-day workshop on Friday, November 3 that included a variety of sessions focusing on writing craft. Thanks to everyone who came out to join!


Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for Read with Pride NW 2017! It was a truly great weekend and we were grateful to spend the time with you celebrating the awesomeness of LGBTQIA romance and genre fiction.

Did you attend RWP this year? Share us your favorite memories in the comments!

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