Henning Mankell, the Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mystery series and other titles, was aboard one of the ships of the “solidarity flotilla” that tried to break the blockade of Gaza and was attacked by Israeli forces yesterday. According to Boersenblatt, he has cancelled planned events in Zurich, Switzerland, last night and today in Constance, Germany, and may not make events in Berlin, Duesseldorf and Braunschweig scheduled the rest of this week.

AFP reported that along with eight other Swedes, Mankell is being held in Israel, which is giving him the option of being deported or arrested.

–from Shelf Awareness, June 1, 2010