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Salinger Follow-Up Author Unmasked

salingerbook.jpgThe 32-year-old Swedish publisher Fredrik Colting has admitted to writing a book that revisits the classic protagonist of “The Catcher in the Rye” as an elderly man. Writing with the pseudonym John David California, Colting, his publisher, and his distributor were all recently sued by J.D. Salinger.

The Smoking Gun reports–as GalleyCat discovered earlier–that Colting’s Nicotext imprint publishes a variety of odd joke titles like “The Macho Man’s (Bad) Joke Book.” Salinger seeks to block the publication of “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” and seeks undisclosed damages. The distributor vowed to fight back in court next Monday.

Here’s more from the TSR report: “Colting told TSG that, along with a partner, he has produced a variety of humor or ‘quirk’ titles, but that ’60 Years Later’ was his “first published novel” … A purported photo of “California” appeared last month in England’s Daily Telegraph, but the picture was actually of actor Gustav Roth, a friend of Colting. ‘It was a bit tricky of us but we did it without any bad intentions,’ Colting wrote in an e-mail. ‘I mean, the whole point of a pseudonym is it being a secret.’”

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Distributor to Fight J.D. Salinger’s Lawsuit

salingerbook.jpgAuthor John David California, Windupbird Publishing and SCB Distributors will fight J.D. Salinger’s lawsuit to block publication of “60 Years Later–Coming Through the Rye.”

The publishing team has hired the law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz to fight the lawsuit in federal court on Monday. According to Courthouse News, the author seeks to have “publication enjoined, all copies of the book destroyed, damages and costs” in the “scathing” lawsuit against a book that catches up with the hero of “The Catcher in the Rye” in his golden years.

Here’s a statement from Aaron Silverman at SCB Distributors: “Salinger’s ham-fisted attempt to squash this thoughtful book must fail … But a review of “60 Years Later” shows it to be an independent work worthy of Copyright and First Amendment protection. Readers will find 60 Years Later to be an imaginative commentary not only on Salinger and his relationship to the character that defined him–but also on their joint status as cultural icons.”

J.D. Salinger Sues to Stop Unauthorized Sequel

salingerbook.jpgYesterday reclusive author J.D. Salinger sued John David California in federal court to stop the publication of his unauthorized sequel to Salinger’s classic novel, “The Catcher in the Rye.” According to the AP, the suit includes unspecified damages.

“60 Years Later Coming Through the Rye” was publicized as a sequel to the novel, generating hundreds of Twitter posts. As GalleyCat reported, Amazon lists a few titles co-written by the book’s publisher, including “The Macho Man’s (Bad) Joke Book.” Possibly, the company could mount a parody defense for the distinctively odd book.

As the Publishing Law Center explains, parody has been one defense against copyright infringement ever since an infamous hip-hop group went to the country’s highest court for sampling a Roy Orbison song in 1993: “The Supreme Court accepted 2 Live Crew‘s song as a parody because the rap song mimicked the original to achieve its message and because it ‘reasonably could be perceived as commenting on the original [Oh, Pretty Woman] or criticizing it, to some degree.’”

Catcher in the Rye Sequel Has Mysterious Origins

salingerbook.jpgThe literary blogosphere has been buzzing all morning about John David California‘s sequel to J.D. Salinger‘s famous novel, “The Catcher in the Rye.” While the author’s Guardian interview seemed earnest, GalleyCat thinks the whole thing might be more like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and less like “Wide Sargasso Sea.”

The Wikipedia entry for J.D. California lists his birthday as April 1st, 1976. Secondly, his Amazon bio includes some fantastical elements: “The former gravedigger and Ironman triathlete has been captivated by the story of Holden Caulfield for years. After finding a well-travelled copy of The Catcher in the Rye in an abandoned cabin in rural Cambodia, the iconic characters within saw John through the most maniacal of tropical fevers and chronic isolation.”

Finally, the Amazon entry for “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” lists the publisher as Nicotext. GalleyCat uncovered a mission statement from a publisher with that name with a fairly satirical mission statement: “Hi! We are Nicotext. We make books. More specifically, we make books whose sole purpose it is to make you giggle. While thumbing our collective nose at the literati, we have found our niche amongst the useless, the trivial and the potentially offensive.”