King siblings' feud could derail book deal

October 4, 2008 10:25:51 AM PDT
A sibling feud could derail a deal for a book on Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. The couple's three children are at odds over whether to turn over documents for the book to New York-based publisher Penguin Group.

Penguin agreed to pay $1.2 million plus royalties to King Inc., which controls the civil rights icon's intellectual property.

This week, Penguin said it would terminate the contract and demand the return of a $300,000 advance if it does not receive photos, personal writing and letters within seven business days.

Two King children maintain their mother no longer wanted to work with the woman writing the book, while a third signed the book contract.