John David California
John David California was the pseudonym used by Swedish book publisher Fredrik Colting when on 7 May 2009 he published 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye in the United Kingdom. The book was presented as a sequel to The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, with Salinger's antihero Holden Caulfield now a 76-year-old man on the run from a nursing home.
Salinger, who died in January 2010, was in the process of suing Colting for copyright infringement, and had succeeded in getting a court order which indefinitely bans the publication, advertising or distribution of the book in the United States.
Before and during the UK launch, Colting claimed that J D California was a "Swedish-American" author, and presented the book as a sequel. However, when his lawyers submitted a "defendants' memorandum" to a federal court in Manhattan on 15 June 2009, this memorandum claimed that the novel is a legally protected commentary and parody of The Catcher In the Rye, and not an unauthorized sequel. A June 18 article presented Colting's view that the book is a piece of literary criticism on Salinger and his Caulfield character.
- Melville House Publishing: Fraud behind Salinger fraud admits he’s a fraud Page posted 12 June 2009
- salinger.org: 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye Page retrieved, June 2009
- Salinger's complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court Filed 1 June 2009
- CNN: Lawsuit targets 'rip-off' of 'Catcher in the Rye' Page posted 3 June 2009
- BBC: US Judge bans 'Rye' book sequel Page posted 2 July 2009
- Svensk Bokhandel: Hallå där, Fredrik Colting! Page posted 26 May 2009 (in Swedish)
- Baltimore Sun: Author sued by J.D. Salinger for 'Catcher in the Rye' sequel submits defense Page posted 16 June 2009
- Svenska Dagbladet: Salingerbok stoppas tillfälligt Page posted June 18, 2009 (in Swedish)
- 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye - The Unauthorized Sequel to The Catcher in the Rye - A Book Review from AbeBooks Retrieved 21 July 2009