They represent a quarter of all books sold…They bring in over $1.36 billion in sales each year… More than 74.8 million people read one of them each year... We’re talking about romance novels, of course, and ProLiteracy is definitely feeling the love.
Nora Roberts, an author whose books have spent a total of 932 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been a generous supporter of ProLiteracy for years. Her foundation has long been a champion of literacy for both children and adults, and the reading room in ProLiteracy’s new headquarters bears her name. Her 2011 “Read Always and Shine” fundraiser consisted of both silent and live auctions of artwork and jewelry that benefitted ProLiteracy and the Washington County Free Library in Maryland. Roberts’ support has gone a long way toward empowering adult learners and transforming lives.
And the love for literacy does not end there. The Romance Writers of America (RWA) is a professional association that has also been a remarkable supporter of ProLiteracy for the past two decades.
Dedicated to the advancement of published and aspiring romance authors through networking and advocacy, RWA consists of 10,000 members in 145 local chapters. The organization has donated more than $716,000 to ProLiteracy since 1990 through its “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing event. Held each year at the RWA annual conference, “Readers for Life” involves hundreds of romance authors in a two-hour autographing session. Individual RWA chapters have also consistently lent their support to local ProLiteracy members.
RWA was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award at last year’s U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy in Houston, Texas, for its longstanding dedication to transforming lives through literacy.
“We’re honored to have such strong supporters in Nora Roberts and Romance Writers of America,” says Kevin Morgan, interim president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Not only have they provided significant support over the years, their engagement with ProLiteracy has been a catalyst for specific projects that advance the cause of adult literacy.”