Franzen on the Cover of Time, Marilyn Monroe's Passion for Literature, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

For the first time in a decade, Time magazine will feature a living American novelist—Jonathan Franzen—on its cover. (New York Times)

This year's Miami Book Fair International will launch on November 14 for a week of events featuring authors such as Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Sebastian Junger. (Miami Herald)

On August 14, a hotel in Sri Lanka will unveil a statue of Anton Chekhov to commemorate a visit by the Russian author in 1890. The unveiling coincides with global celebrations of the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of Chekhov's birth. (Hindustan Times)

After laying off one hundred workers in Tennessee last week, Borders has confirmed an unspecified number of additional layoffs at the company headquarters. (Publishers Weekly)

A new collection of Marilyn Monroe's private writings set to be published this fall reveal "her passion for literary giants including James Joyce, Walt Whitman, and Samuel Beckett." (Independent)

Random House, Kobo, and Fairmont Hotels are teaming up to make Kobo eReaders and discounted Random House e-books available to guests at ten Fairmont hotels in the U.S. and Canada. (Publishers Weekly)

In examining the public role of the private writer in today's literary world, the Guardian asks: "Do readers expect their writers to be performers too?" 

Today's new genre (also an old genre): recession lit. (Sydney Morning Herald