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Anne Frank: The Diary, the Girl, and the Publishing Phenomenon


May 1, 2010 | The Great Hall, Cooper Union | New York City

With Ernie Colón, Sid Jacobson, and Francine Prose; moderated by Judith Thurman of The New Yorker


Co-sponsored by Cooper Union with special thanks to FSG

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Francine Prose’s Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife delves into the life of the 15-year-old girl to reveal an even more complex picture than her extraordinary Diary showed. By looking at the book and its eventual publication, we discover new truths about its author, the book’s impact, and its importance. Ernie Colón and Sid Jacobson, perhaps best known for The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, have come together again to present Anne Frank in a new graphic book about her life which will be released later this year. Both books and their authors required detailed research in close collaboration with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.  Don’t miss this fascinating exploration of one of the world’s most read books and its incredible 15-year-old author, led by author and New Yorker staff writer Judith Thurman.

• View the photo gallery on Flickr

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