Some book-related news I’ve come across since the last update:

03novelist1-articleLargeGérard de Villiers, French spy novelist: I have been hearing about de Villiers’ work for years. He’s an extraordinarily popular and prolific author of spy novels and political thrillers. He’s also a fascinating guy in his own right, with many purported connections with the French security services and others around the globe. The New York Times recently published a lengthy interview with de Villiers. By all accounts, if you like these kinds of spy thrillers (latter-day men’s adventure novels), then de Villiers is your man. Just one problem: as far as I can tell, none of his novels are available in English. Well, let me correct that and say that a few of them were translated into English in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, but these are all long out of print. maybe I’ll come across them some day. (And don’t you want that hat? Sure, at first it seems absurd, but the more you think about it the better it looks — am I right?)

ArthurConanDoyleArthur Conan Doyle’s Estate Issues: I had no idea that the literary rights to the Conan Doyle estate were so convoluted. While the original (canonical) stories are in the public domain, the character of Sherlock Holmes himself is still under copyright in the United States. (I assume because of all the derivative works based on the character that are NOT in the public domain.) In any case, I had no idea that a woman named Andrea Plunkett had been masquerading as the rightful owner of the character. Apparently Wildside Press, publisher of the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, was even scammed by Plunkett before getting it all worked out with the real estate.

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