The Evanston Public Library will present two documentary screenings during the last weekend in April that take a deeper look at romance and fashion.

One will focus on the world of romance novels through the eyes of the writers that create them, as well as include a post-film discussion with three romance writers and DePaul English Professor Eric Selinger.

The other film, presented in partnership with the Evanston History Center, will go behind the scenes of Vogue magazine as staff pull together their most important issue of the year; post-film activity will include an accessory making workshop and the opportunity to walk away with a piece of wearable art. 

Love Between the Covers: Film Screening and Discussion will be held Saturday, April 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Community Meeting Room, Main Library.

Every year romance lit outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet until Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Laurie Kahn turned her camera on the genre, no filmmaker had ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built.

So why is romance the best-selling genre in publsihing? Do romance novels exploit women or empower them? Following the film three local romance writers, Amy Jo Cousins, Kate Meader, and Julie Ann Walker, will be on hand for a panel discussion moderated by romance scholar, Professor Eric Selinger, of DePaul University. Come for the film, but stay for the Q&A and the chance to ask all your burning questions about contemporary romance novels. 

The September Issue. Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m., Community Meeting Room, Main Library.

In anticipation of the new Evanston History Center exhibit “Evanston Accessorized,” opening May 1, the Evanston Public Library and EHC will present the documentary, The September Issue. 

The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. With unprecedented access, this film tells the story of legendary Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and ruling the world of fashion. 

Adult DIY Jewlelry and Crafts: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Attendees are invited to stay after the film to create wearable art with guidance and supplies provided by the library. 

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