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] In 2004, the magazine reportedly had 150,000 subscribers, and had built a reputation as "Romance's premiere genre magazine".[3]

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

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 Kenneth 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. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. 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.