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Book News: Anne Of Green Gables Gets A Bad Makeover

Updated: 1 year ago.
The cover photo of an edition of Anne of Green Gables.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Anne of Green Gables, who is described in Lucy Maud Montgomery's best-selling books as red-headed, freckled and at least when the Anne series begins prepubescent, gets a horribly wrong makeover on the cover of this three-book set published in November.
  • The only known poem written by an adult Winston Churchill is headed for auction this spring. The (slightly pompous) poem was discovered by a retired English manuscripts dealer. Titled "Our Modern Watchwords," it begins, "The shadow falls along the shore / The search lights twinkle on the sea / The silence of a mighty fleet / Portends the tumult yet to be." The British prime minister was famous for his love of poetry he once surprised U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt with an impromptu poetry recital but his only other known poem was written when he was a teenager.
  • Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is reportedly planning to write a book on the U.S. response to the global financial crisis. Twitter explodes with proposed titles (The Yuan Also Rises? What To Expect When You're Expecting a Bailout?).
  • Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is taking on Philip Roth over some advice he gave to a young writer named Julian Tepper. In a Paris Review essay, Tepper says Roth told him he should quit writing: "Really, it's an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it's not any good. I would say just stop now. You don't want to do this to yourself." Gilbert counters with an essay in which she says being able to write for a living is "a profoundly luxurious act," and not "some sort of dreadful Mayan curse, or dark martyrdom that only a chosen few can withstand for the betterment of humanity." Amen. Roth, for his part, hasn't said anything.
  • "Whatever, some parts were fun" Swamplandia! author Karen Russell on what to put on her tombstone.

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