Anne Frank's Story in Pictures, Debating the Value of Book Blurbs, 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:

The Diary of Anne Frank has been adapted into a graphic novel. (CBC News)

Over two thousand books, chapbooks, and "poetry objects" published in the past year are on display at the annual Poets House showcase in Manhattan's Battery Park City. (New York Times)

Embargoed for one hundred years, Mark Twain's memoirs are reaching the public, with Granta set to publish an extract from the seven-hundred-plus-page first volume this week, and the full text set for release in November. (Guardian)

The family of late Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez, who died in prison in 1942 during Franco's rule, is seeking his exoneration. (The Independent)

Budget cuts at University of Southern Mississippi hit the Center for Writers, with novelist Frederick Barthelme electing to step down from his directorial post there. (Hattiesburg American)

Ernest Hemingway's former home in Key West gets landmark status from the American Library Association. (Dallas Morning News)

Salon's Laura Miller and Conversational Reading's Scott Esposito weigh in on book blurbs.