Lady Jane’s Salon: A Hidden NY Gem

It’s difficult to be “the first” to establish anything in New York: Ray’s pizza. It’s been done…about 4,000 times. Want to be the first guitar strumming, beret wearing, harmonica playing, tap dancing performer on the street? Someone’s got that covered. Looking to set a world record in Manhattan? Check first…even the most obscure records have been set (most people running in stilettos world record set in NY ). Well you get the picture.

New York may be a city of seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths, but it’s the firsts that keep people coming back. One of my favorite “firsts” is Lady Jane’s Salon, Manhattan’s FIRST reading series devoted solely to romance fiction. Founded by romance authors Maya Rodale, Hope Tarr, blogger Ron Hogan, and Dorchester’s own Leanna Renee Hieber, Lady Jane’s Salon is dedicated to sharing quality romance fiction (and cocktails!) with New York’s voracious romance community. Founded in February 2009, the Salon just celebrated Her Ladyship’s second anniversary in grand style this past Monday. It’s hard to believe that Lady Jane’s has become such an integral part of New York’s romance community in just two years, but alas, it has, and I think it’s safe to say that it will continue to grow.

Scheduled for the first Monday of every month, the Salon is a congregation of romance fans and industry professionals from all over the city. The locale— Madame X, a bordello-style bar that seems perfectly fitting for such an event. Its dim red lighting, plush seating, and dirty drink menu make it an ideal place to indulge in a little romance (fictional or otherwise) after a long Monday at work. As the audience sips their drinks, guest authors take the stage one at a time to share excerpts from recent books or upcoming releases. Often by the end of a reading, the room is as quiet as a monastery and one or two audience members can be caught drooling into their champagne glasses. Lady Jane’s authors know how to impress, and they also know just which bits to read to have people scrambling to their feet to buy a copy.

Lady Jane’s boasts a fabulous array of readers: Lauren Willig, Leanna Renee Hieber, Delilah Marvelle, Sarah MacLean, Sabrina Jeffries, Kate Noble, Caridad Ferrer, Courtney Milan, and oh so many others. As author Sabrina Jeffries says, “Getting to read at Lady Jane’s salon is like being voted onto Author Island.” If you’re a romance author, reader, fan, etc., Lady Jane’s Salon is something you need to know about. It’s a true first in Manhattan, and there aren’t too many of those left these days.

Lady Jane’s meets the first Monday of every month from 7-9 at Madame X, 94 West Houston Street. Admission is $5.00 or a gently used romance novel. Cash bar. Proceeds benefit organizations that assist women in need. Click here for more details.


2 Responses to Lady Jane’s Salon: A Hidden NY Gem

  1. Thank you so much for posting this, it was so lovely to see the Dorchester gang in attendance, we dearly appreciate your support! The new blog looks great! Cheers and thanks again!

  2. Hope Tarr says:

    What a lovely, lovely post. We always adore seeing our dear Dorchester peeps at the Salon. Thank you!

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