Annual LIRW Luncheon

21st Annual “Shining the Light on Romance” Agent/Editor Luncheon

May 04, 2018

12:00 – 4:00 pm

The Fox Hollow, in the beautiful Somerley Room

We are excited to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Luncheon is Damon Suede!


Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over: Houston, New York, London, Prague. Along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

Addictions: sweetness that isn’t sentimental, wit that isn’t bitter, strength that isn’t cruel. Allergies: professional victims, half-assery, clichés. Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and currently serves on its national Board of Directors. He also served as the 2013 president for the Rainbow Romance Writers, RWA’s LGBT romance chapter.

Though new to gay romance, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He’s won some awards, but his blessings are more numerous: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.

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Registration closes on May 1, 2018.

Agents Attending

Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS Literary Agency
Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret LLC
Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services
Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency
Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency
Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company
Stephany Evans, Ayesha Pande Literary
Louise Fury, The Bent Agency
Lori Perkins, L. Perkins Agency
Lisa Rogers, JABberwoky Literary Agency

Editors Attending

Bette-Lee Fox, Managing Editor, Library Journal
Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley
Kerri Buckley, Carina Press
Bess Cozby, Tor
Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks
Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing
Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing
Lynn West, Dreamspinner Press
Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing Corp.


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Cancellation Policy
Full Refund – Request received by April 8, 2018
Half Refund – Request received by April 22, 2018
No Refund on requests received after April 22, 2018