Anne Boleyn May Have Cheated After All, Miguel Hernandez's Legacy Is Restored, 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:

According to court documents, more than 6,500 authors opted out of the Google Books Settlement, including acclaimed authors Thomas Pynchon, Zadie Smith, Philip Pullman, and Michael Chabon, as well as the estates of Rudyard Kipling and Roald Dahl. (Guardian)

New evidence has given legitimacy to a French poem chronicling the adulterous affairs of Anne Boleyn, casting doubt over the long-held historical claim that she was framed. (Telegraph)

E-book sales jumped 176 percent in 2009, according to figures released by the Association of American Publishers. (Publishers Weekly)

In honor of Black History Month, the PEN American Center is offering "never-before-posted audio recordings" of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes, as well as tributes to Baldwin, Hughes, Chinua Achebe, and other literary luminaries.

The Boston Public Library may have to close ten of its twenty-six branches due to a major decline in state aid over the next two years. (Library Journal)

Nearly seventy years after dying in prison as a traitor, one of Spain's great poets, Miguel Hernandez, will be formally recognized by the Spanish government as a victim of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. (BBC)

The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference is taking place this week in New York City. 

A published poet in Florida has been accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death. (Ledger)