MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2018
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ARTICLE IN THE COAST (08/10/18) REGARDING PUBLICATION OF JOHN TILLMANN’S ART-THEFT MEMOIR, STEALING THE PAST
It was reported in Halifax’s The Coast by city editor Jacob Boon last Friday, August 10, that Nimbus Publishing had acquired publication rights to reformed art-thief John Tillmann’s memoir of his international heists. This is true.
In August 2017, Nimbus signed a contract with Mr. Tillmann after receiving a manuscript submission from him, which he had written in prison while serving a nearly eight-year sentence for over forty charges, including fraud, theft, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a forged document, and obstruction of justice. We immediately knew Mr. Tillmann’s story was of immense public interest. It contained no racist views and focused exclusively on his career as an international art thief and his time in prison. Nimbus entered into a legally binding contract with Mr. Tillmann, which specified that Mr. Tillmann would not profit from the book and that all of his royalties would be sent directly from Nimbus to a registered local charity.
Mr. Tillmann’s memoir is currently on hold while Nimbus consults with legal counsel. We will announce our decision regarding the project once those conversations have concluded. Until that time, we will not be making any further statements.
We are also in the process of creating a new policy for inclusion in all contracts to avoid any situation like this in the future.
To anyone who has been upset or harmed by this story, we sincerely apologize. This was never our intent. We have learned a valuable lesson and will continue to publish the stories of this region in a respectful and responsible manner.
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