According to the BBC, J.K. Rowling is suing her former assistant for misusing funds. Rowling claims Amanda Donaldson purchased personal items, including two quite expensive cats, and stole memorabilia. Donaldson denies these claims.
The HBO adaptation of the very popular Neapolitan novels by Elana Ferrante premiers on November 18th. Vulture reports, in the interest of authenticity, the four girls that play Elena and Lila are not actresses but rather schoolchildren found in the Naples area of Italy. I think the series will reignite the discussion of the real identity of the pseudonymous author. The New York Times reports the author has been involved in the television series, but only via email and even the director does not know their real identity. There is much debate on the internet. Some think the author is Anita Raja, a translator, or her husband novelist Domenico Starnonem, while others believe it is Neapolitan professor Marcella Marmo. Journalists and researchers have gone to great lengths to find out. For more information, just google Elana Ferrante. In any case, they are books well worth reading!
The Associated Press is reporting this week that another member of the Swedish Academy, the body that awards the Nobel Prize for Literature has resigned. Jayne Svenungsson is the eighth person to quit or to be forced off the 18-member board of the Swedish Academy. The academy has been mired in allegations of sex abuse and financial crimes since last year and has postponed awarding the 2018 prize until 2019.
Need a chuckle? Read What Actually Happens when You Accidentally Destroy a Library Book by Kristen Arnett. But, unlike in the article, in most cases, Monroe County Library System patrons may replace an item as long as the replacement is a new copy of the same edition of the title.