Posted on July 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Delia Owens isn't saying much, if anything, about the fact that Zambian authorities want to talk to her about a poacher's death in the mid-1990s.

But as the film adaptation of her smash hit debut novel, Where The Crawdads Sing, neared its release, media questions kept popping up.

NPR's Mandalit Del Barco has been told for months that Owens is unavailable for comment, but lead actress Daisy Edgar-Jones and director Olivia Newman did both say that they weren't aware of the Zambia incident when they signed on to the film.

That's about all they would say, however, keeping their comments focused on the book and film.

The New York Times was at least, at some point, able to inquire about the incident.

Owens, it said, compared herself to her novel's heroine when it comes to dealing with questions about the death.

"It’s painful to have that come up, but it’s what Kya had to deal with, name calling," she said, according to the paper.

The Where The Crawdads Sing movie has only been out for about a week, so the Zambia coverage's effect on it is still to be fully seen.

But, the NY Times says, some of Owens's appearances have been canceled ... and film critics can't help but note the parallels between her fiction and a true story.

Reviews so far are, on average, lukewarm for the Where The Crawdads Sing movie.

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