The debate continues on whether “literary” fiction is distinct from “genre” fiction.
“Literary versus genre fiction: Meaningful difference or false distinction?” is an upcoming panel discussion on this issue scheduled for 28 January at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey. The panel will include several authors: Christina Baker Kline, Alice Elliott Dark, Laurie Lico Albanese, Elizabeth Brundage, and Peter Golden.
As I am currently rounding up contributors for a website dedicated to promoting a concept of literary quality that is not spoiled by genre bigotry, this issue is high on my watch list. If I were in the northern New Jersey, I would definitely stop by; any aspiring writers or interested fans in the area should attend.
For more of my take on this issue:
Agreeing with Suzannah Windsor Freeman (26 Nov 2010)
The unasked question in the Franzen-Picoult fracas (26 Aug 2010)
Justin Cronin tells it like it is (03 Aug 2010)