Nicholas Sparks, the author of many romance novels including The Notebook and A Walk to Remember, has come upon decidedly unromantic times. Saul Hillel Benjamin, the ex-headmaster of a North Carolina private school founded by Sparks and his wife, has filed suit against the author accusing him of a hostile work environment rife with racial and religious discrimination.
Specifically, Benjamin alleges that Sparks tried to block the recruitment of black students and teachers, supported bullying of LGBT students, and skeptically approached the ex-headmaster’s Jewish heritage and Quaker faith. Through an attorney, Sparks has denied the accusations. [NPR]
In other literary legal news, the Authors Guild has confirmed it hosted a meeting between authors and Department of Justice officials to scrutinize Amazon’s practices. Writers (and people from virtually every other field) have long criticized the online retailer for its ruthless approach to how it sells its goods and forces smaller outlets out of business. The Authors Guild specifically wants the DoJ to investigate whether Amazon has broken antitrust laws. [Publishers Weekly]
Writers including Junot Díaz and Dave Eggers have contributed pieces to a new anthology about income inequality in New York City. OR Books will publish the collection, titled Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, and will donate some of the proceeds to Housing Works, a New York non-profit that fights AIDS and homelessness. [Mediabistro]
To celebrate the Paddington movie, London officials have designed the Paddington Trail, a series of 50 statues that will be scattered throughout the city from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 to celebrate the traveling bear’s favorite places. [Mediabistro]