The Devault-Graves Agency, LLC, has withdrawn its lawsuit against the heirs of the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust.
The Devault-Graves Agency initiated the lawsuit March 16 in a Tennessee court against the Salinger Trust for what it claimed was interference with the international marketing of its book Three Early Stories by J.D. Salinger. The Salinger Trust represents the literary estate of the late Salinger.
Three Early Stories, released in 2014 in print, ebook and audio formats, was the first legitimate publication of a Salinger book in some 50 years. The Devault-Graves Agency obtained a copyright for the book from the U.S. Copyright Office, which awarded the publisher exclusive rights to an anthology of the three underlying short stories contained in the book.
On Oct. 19, U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson disposed of the Salinger Trust's motion to dismiss the lawsuit in his Western Tennessee district court by transferring the case to a federal court in New Hampshire, where Salinger's widow resides.
"We felt this ruling might give the Salinger Trust an unfair 'home field' advantage," publisher Tom Graves said. "Considering the complexities of relocating our case from Memphis to New England, we felt another approach was in order."
The release of Three Early Stories in summer 2014 created a sensation among bibliophiles and Salinger fans the world over, and the book has already been published in several foreign markets.
Graves and partner Darrin Devault plan to continue to let foreign publishers who want the book decide if they have the legal right to publish it based on rulings and precedents in their home country.
"If the law in their home country backs our copyright, then the Salinger Trust cannot prevent publication in that country," Devault said. "Our decision to withdraw the lawsuit is certainly no loss for us. We've essentially put the Salinger Trust on notice that we will defend our right to publish in every foreign market that is legitimately open to us. It is merely a new way of looking at the equation."
Graves added: "The markets that are legally closed to us, obviously we will not market to. We have no wish to infringe on any rights that rightfully belong to the Salinger Trust. We want to be clear about that. By the same token, we do not intend to let the Salinger Trust discourage us in markets where we clearly have the legal right to publish and market Three Early Stories."
The Devault-Graves Agency published a new scholastic edition of Three Early Stories in October. It contains study materials intended for students and teachers at the high school and lower-division college levels.
"Our goal is for Three Early Stories to be available in every bookstore in the United States and studied in every school," Graves said. "These three stories by Salinger clearly display the talents of a man who was to become one of the 20th century's greatest writers."
Both U.S. editions of Three Early Stories are available on Amazon.com and bookstores across the U.S.
Devault-Graves Agency co-publisher Tom Graves and Memphis author and filmmaker Robert Gordon made an appearance on WREG-TV's "Live at 9" program on Aug. 10 to talk about the launch of Buckley vs. Vidal: The Historic 1968 ABC News Debates.
Gordon is co-director of the new "Best of Enemies" documentary about the debates. He also penned the introduction to our Buckley vs. Vidal book.
Watch the video.
That evening, Graves and Gordon re-enacted a scene from the penultimate debate between Buckley and Vidal and signed books before an enthusiastic crowd at The Booksellers of Laurelwood in East Memphis.
Our friends at the South Main Book Juggler are now selling the Graceland Too Revisited photo book by Darrin Devault and Tom Graves.
The store is located a couple of doors down from the legendary Arcade restaurant in downtown Memphis. Drop by and ask Jean to show you around.
Darrin and Tom are scheduled for a book signing at the store on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, during the monthly South Main Art Tour (6-9 p.m.).
Memphis-based independent publisher The Devault-Graves Agency filed a lawsuit against the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust in a Tennessee court on March 16, claiming that the estate has, without legal basis, thwarted the press's attempts to publish and distribute international editions of its collection of early Salinger short stories, Three Early Stories.
Read the entire article in Publisher's Weekly.
Contents from the Graceland Too roadside attraction in Holly Springs, Miss., were auctioned on Jan. 31, 2015. The pink limo sold to a local buyer for $4,000.
An anonymous Internet bidder from Georgia bought the entire contents of the house for $54,500, according to Spur K Auctions, which handled the sale.
Book publishers and photographers Tom Graves (left) and Darrin Devault visited Holly Springs on auction day to sign copies of their new photography book, Graceland Too Revisited. They especially thank Annie Moffitt of Annie's Home Cooking for her warm hospitality.
Tom Graves (left) and Darrin Devault discussed their new photography book, Graceland Too Revisited, and signed copies at legendary Square Books in Oxford, Miss., on Jan. 31, 2015.
Graceland Too, including its Elvis-obsessed owner, was a collective and organic piece of Deep South folk art.
Paul B. MacLeod was the eccentric dreamer who kept his Elvis attraction open to the public round-the-clock and year-round from 1990 until his sudden death in 2014.
The location of these unforgettable curiosities was 200 E. Gholson Avenue in Holly Springs, Miss.
Memphis publishers and photographers Darrin Devault and Tom Graves have captured a series of images from the infamous roadside attraction in a new photography book titled “Graceland Too Revisited,” due out Jan. 29, 2015.
“Looking back, it’s difficult to determine whether the main attraction was the hot-wired Paul or the two-story antebellum home he crammed floor-to-ceiling with Elvis memorabilia,” Devault writes in the book’s introduction.
Some of the items Devault and Graves photographed were rare (early Sun and RCA vinyl records), some made in China (velvet paintings and assorted bric-a-brac), and some handmade (an over-the-top “Jailhouse Rock” inspired electric chair).
Graceland Too Revisited (74 pages), which retails for $24.99, was published by Devault-Graves Digital Editions.
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“The electric chair prop in the backyard was reportedly the last stop on the $5 tour,” Devault said. “By this time visitors were usually all shook up by what they’d seen and heard inside.”
“The critic Greil Marcus has bemoaned the loss of what he called ‘the old weird America,’” Graves said of the project. “Paul MacLeod and Graceland Too were one of the great roadside attractions, and for the price of five dollars you were taken into Paul’s world, a world dominated by Elvis Presley. From a visitor’s point of view the arrangement of all the Elvis items may have seemed chaotic. But in Paul’s world, in Paul’s logic, it made perfect sense. In our book we try to help it make sense to everyone.”
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