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Idaho artist’s estate suing creators of fictional biography

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The estate of a southwestern Idaho artist is attempting to delay the release of a new children's book about the artist and suing its creators. The Idaho Statesman reports the book "Silent Day, Silent Dreams" by writer and illustrator Allen Say is a fictional biography about James Castle, a self-taught artist from Garden Valley, whose works are featured in museums, art galleries and private collections worldwide. His estate, the James Castle Collection and Archive, says in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Say and the book's publisher, Scholastic Inc., that many of the illustrations in the book are too similar to Castle's works. Say declined to comment to the newspaper on Friday. The estate is also asking a judge to block the book's Tuesday release in Idaho.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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