Monday, August 30, 2010

HuffPo on Franzen frenzy

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Last week, the Huffington Post ran an exclusive interview with New York Times' bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner (honestly, two of my personal faves), about the attention literary fiction author Jonathan Franzen received from the NYT over his new release:

With the publication of Jonathan Franzen's fourth novel, Freedom, which was extensively covered in the New York Times while Franzen himself appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, a controversy broke out online over whether Franzen's star treatment was indicative of the literary establishment's alleged shoddy treatment of commercial writers, in particular writers of what is commonly referred to as 'women's fiction.' Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult, both #1 New York Times bestselling authors, found themselves in the middle of the fray. Weiner and Picoult were gracious enough to discuss with me their thoughts on what role gender plays in literary criticism, the importance of popular fiction in our culture, and whether progress is being made.

You can read the whole piece here.

The Pikes Peak region is home to lots of published authors, many whose books fall in the "commercial fiction" category, such as romance writer Deb Stover, Jerry Jenkins of the Left Behind series, and sci-fi/fantasy author Kevin J. Anderson, who I interviewed a year ago.

Kevin Anderson
  • Kevin Anderson

I'm wondering what our readers think about Franzen, and Picoult and Weiner's comments. What do you all enjoy reading? And what do you think the NYT (and the Indy, for that matter) should cover?

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