OWINGS MILLS, MD: Amid a legal tussle over trademarks and stolen
plot lines, three-month-old book publisher Thurman House has hired sole
practitioner Harry Bosk to represent it as it republishes the Larry
Potter book series.
Scholastic, publishers of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books, and Warner
Brothers, which is making the Harry Potter movie, recently filed suit
against Nancy Stouffer, author of the Larry and Lilly Potter books.
Stouffer's books were first published in 1984 - 14 years before
Rowling's. Stouffer countersued, but until recently, was unable to find
a publishing house that would republish her works.
'Controversy and litigation are always hooks,' said Bosk. 'But we're
just trying to make it clear that Thurman House is the one that's
bringing back Larry Potter.'
Bosk said that although Stouffer has her own PR representation, part of
his work for Thurman House involved making sure she is not seen as 'the
Grinch who stole Christmas.' He continued, 'One of the real tasks is to
position Stouffer as the little guy fighting a corporate giant to
protect her work.'
Bosk has succeeded in getting coverage by AP, The New York Times, The
Washington Post, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, AM Canada, the
book-publishing trade press and international news outlets.