Romance Writers of America Rescinds Award for Christian Novel as Publisher Defends It (Press This! The Washington Post)

It’s a hot topic but one I find difficult to swallow. Once again, we are back to silencing anything to do with the past, especially if it’s something we’d rather not talk about, acknowledge, or learn from actions. As defended by the publisher, I tend to agree with their assessment.

The question now comes to the surface, is Romance Writers of America going to punish authors who write historically correct romance novels, set during controversial events? Do they even dare to set this new course of action?

Complaints from a few readers or not via Twitter or elsewhere, the RWA is bowing to the pressure of a few rather than awarding someone for a well-written novel that tells truth.

Badly done, RWA. RWA gives; RWA takes away. I think I’ll order the book.

If you are unaware of this historical event, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a must-read book and classic account.

The book opens with Hanger leading the U.S. Army’s 7 Cavalry as it confronts the Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in a historical event now known as the Wounded Knee massacre.

Source: Romance Writers of America rescinds award for Christian novel as publisher defends it – The Washington Post

In the opening scene of the novel, Witemeyer’s hero, a military officer, is at war with the Lakota, weary of war, but fully participating in the battle at Wounded Knee. The death toll, including noncombatant Lakota women and children, sickens him, and he identifies it as the massacre it is and begs God for forgiveness for what he’s done. The author makes it clear throughout the book that the protagonist deeply regrets his actions and spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the wrong that he did,” the statement said.

Source: Religion News

Updates on the RWA (Romance of America) Meltdown

From accusations to resignations, it’s a bit of a mess. “RWA itself acknowledged in a public statement last week that the organization was at a turning point and that we have lost the trust of our membership and the romance community.”  Read More at The Guardian article published 12/31/19 below.

Trade group representing 10,000 writers decided to punish author Courtney Milan, prompting a reversal, fierce debate and resignations

Source: A romance novelist spoke out about racism. An uproar ensued

Romance Writers Drama: Courtney Milan’s Suspension Rescinded, 8 Board Members Resign

Drama in romance writers land. . .

Chinese-American romance writer Milan had been suspended earlier this month for criticizing other novels as being racist.

Source: Romance Writers Drama: Courtney Milan’s Suspension Rescinded, 8 Board Members Resign

Romance Writers of America Suspends Novelist Courtney Milan for Calling Rival’s Work ‘Racist Mess’

UPDATE: Read the link to the article regarding the rescinding of the decision and resignation of board members.

Source: Romance Writers of America Suspends Novelist Courtney Milan for Calling Rival’s Work ‘Racist Mess’