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May 23, 2005

Author treated better by wolves than publishers . . .

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Over at the Collins Library, Paul Collins posts a commentary on a bizarre story he’s been following: The case of author Misha Defonseca against her publisher, Mount Ivy Press. It seems Defonseca has sued Mount Ivy for “keeping royalties that belonged [to Defonseca] and hiding the money in an offshore account.” The royalties in question are from Misha: A Memoir of the Holocaust Years, Defonseca’s “memoir about surviving the Holocaust with the help of a pack of wolves that gave her food and protection.” A judge has ordered the publisher to pay Defonseca $32.4 million dollars. In the words of Collins, “Who, whoa . . . $32.4 million? Cared for by a pack of wolves?”

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