Panel Discussion: Fighting Over Shelf Space


“Fighting Over Shelf Space: The Genre Vs. Literary Fiction Debate.”
Can lowbrow be hoity-toity? This panel discusses how genre fiction challenges literary gatekeepers, the nuances of literary merit, and the expansiveness of the literary ideal.

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Workshop: Fighting Over Shelf Space: The Genre Vs. Literary Fiction Debate.
Presenters: Beth Torgerson, Delaney Daly, and Sanan Kolva
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm
 Lecompte Auditorium, 1912 Center, 412 East Third St., Moscow, ID 83843
Registration Period Closes: Friday, June 10, 2022

About the Panelist:

Beth E. Torgerson is a Professor of English at Eastern Washington University, where she teaches an Introduction to Genre class as well as upper-level literature classes, often with a focus on Victorian literature. Her book, Reading the Brontë Body: Disease, Desire, and the Constraints of Culture, is published by Palgrave. Because of her interest in women writers, she has also published book chapters on Harriet Martineau and Willa Cather. Her work appears in Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, Victorian Review, Nineteenth-Century Literature, TheMartineau Society Newsletter, The Brontë Messenger, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her husband and two daughters.

Delaney Daly was born and raised in Central Florida but also spent much of her upbringing in Colorado, Georgia, and North Carolina. She studied English Literature at the University of Central Florida and is a published writer and poet. Her work can be found in Beautiful Losers Magazine, The Fictional Café, Public Services Quarterly, and most recently, North Idaho Wellness Magazine. In 2020, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Texas Woman’s University School of Library & Information Studies with a Master of Library Science degree and in August 2021, landed her dream job as the Children’s Librarian at Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Additionally, she is a proud member of the Kootenai County Young Professionals where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the organization’s Events Coordinator. Her passions and interests include early literacy; mental health awareness; advocating for intellectual freedom, equity, diversity, and inclusion; spending time outdoors; creative writing and reading; traveling; and being mom to her 4-year-old Tabby cat, Abby.

Sanan Kolva is the author of the epic fantasy The Chosen of the Spears series and a steampunk fantasy series The Silverline Chronicles. Her short fiction appears in a number of anthologies. She works as a technical editor for an engineering firm and is a native of Eastern Washington. When not writing, she enjoys baking and decorating cakes, and appeasing her feline overloads. She can be found at


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