Romance Writers of America Rescind Award for Lakota Genocide Redemption Narrative

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Library Journal

Discusses the institutional and genre background to the RWA's decision to award

one of its new Vivian awards to At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer, a historical romance that most observers saw as glorifying the genocide of Lakota people at the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. For librarians, this never-ending storm of controversies raises questions about whether RWA’s awards should be considered a useful tool for collection development or readers’ advisory when it comes to the romance genre.