NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 24, 1977
View other clips in this broadcast →
Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.
(Studio) Special report to follow on books which may never win literary awards, but will win reader's affection for author.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Princeton, Minnesota) Lines at mall in Schaumburg, 11, aren't for dress sale or Robert Redford, but autographs of author Kathleen Woodiwiss, writer of historical romances like her latest, "Shanna." She's not alone in such spectacular book sales; is 1 of several women writers of historical romances. [Avon Books chief editor Walter MEADE - says it's most significant event in current publishing in US.] Methods of publicity for sales noted; books are even sold in supermkts. Reporter reads from book; kiss is important occurrence in these books. [WOMEN - cite reasons for liking and reading books.] Woodiwiss' view of books not so different from readers. [WOODIWISS - intends books for escape.] Reporter asks with regard to sex in books. [WOODIWISS - says sex is part of life and tries to treat it with respect and put it in beautiful vein.] Woodiwiss life and earnings from book noted.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin