The literary blogosphere is buzzing this morning with the news that Time is featuring an author on their cover for the first time in 10 years (Stephen King made the grade in 2000).

Lev Grossman, a novelist himself, interviewed Franzen in person for the story. He calls him a member of that "perennially threatened species, the American literary novelist." Perhaps that's why Time puts authors on the cover so rarely? Galleycat has a complete list of the 11 so honored in the past, which includes the likes of Virginia Woolf and John Updike. You can read an abridged version of the article online, or you can purchase Time when it hits newstands later this week (it's the August 23 issue).

We did our own interview with Franzen for our September issue of BookPage, and the piece will be featured on BookPage.com on the pub date of August 31. Alden Mudge says  "Freedom rings with meaning and pulses with recognizable contemporary life."

Until then, you can read our interview with Franzen (also by Mudge!) about his breakthrough 2001 hit, The Corrections.

Is there an author you'd like to see on the cover of a magazine like Time?

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