Romantic Times

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Romantic Times
CategoriesRomance, literary criticism
FounderKathryn Falk
First issue1981 (1981)
Final issue2018
CountryUnited States
Based inBrooklyn, New York

Romantic Times was an American genre magazine specializing in romance novels. It was founded as a newsletter in 1981 by Kathryn Falk.[1] The initial publication took nine months to create and was distributed to 3,000 subscribers.[2][dead link] In 2004, the magazine reportedly had 150,000 subscribers, and had built a reputation as "Romance's premiere genre magazine".[3]

From 1982 to 2018, the magazine organized the "Romantic Times Booklover's Convention."[3] Several thousand people attended the annual convention, which featured author signings, a costume ball, and a male beauty pageant.[4]

In May 2018, Kathryn Falk and her co-owner, husband Kevin Rubin announced the closure of the magazine.[5][6] The last RT Booklovers Convention ended with the one held May 15–20, 2018 in Reno NV.[5] Falk stated “After 38 years, I am retiring and ending my participation in publishing...".[5]


  1. ^ Walters, Ray (May 3, 1981). "PAPERBACK TALK". New York Times. p. BR12.
  2. ^ "'Romantic Times' a Dream Come True". The Palm Beach Post. 1981-09-23. p. B6. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  3. ^ a b Gelder, Ken (2004). Popular fiction: the logics and practices of a literary field. Psychology Press. p. 86. ISBN 9780415356466. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ Alan Farnham (December 7, 1998). "Crazy And In Charge". Time. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Romantic Times Closes". June 3, 2018. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  6. ^ ""This is the last RT" – Kathryn Falk Announces End of Romantic Times". May 16, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2019.