By Carol Tannenhauser
Whether you’re looking for billionaire romance, gay romance, vampire romance, any kind of romance at all (except Amish, which must be ordered), it will be easier to find now that Book Culture, at 450 Columbus Avenue and 536 West 112th Street, has given romance novels a section of their own.
It might seem like a curious choice for an independent store that holds discussions on high-brow topics like social genomics and has an investment from the publisher of Harper’s Magazine.
But the store’s owner thinks there may be more demand for the books than is immediately apparent.
The idea came to owner Chris Doeblin after he met New York Times bestselling romance writer Eloisa James and learned that she was also a professor of Shakespeare at Fordham University. Book Culture threw a party for her latest book, Seven Minutes in Heaven, at the Columbus Avenue store, which Doeblin called, in an email to WSR, “loads of fun… [with] the most inspired ‘fans’ I’d ever seen.”