James Frey Lawsuit Settled: Judge Orders 1,729 Refunds

by Staff
11.5.07
On Friday, a federal court judge in New York City approved a settlement in the lawsuit brought against Random House by 1,729 readers who bought James Frey's controversial memoir A Million Little Pieces. Those readers, all of whom bought the book before January 26, 2006, the day the author and his publisher acknowledged that parts of the book are fictional, will receive a refund. The settlement will cost Random House $27,348 in refunds as well as over $1 million in legal expenses. The settlement also calls for the publisher to donate a total of $180,000 to the American Red Cross, the Hazeldon addiction treatment center, and First Book.

Four Memoirists Find an I in Team

by
Anna Mantzaris
11.1.06

Last year a total of 172,000 books were published in the United States. Although that number reflects a 10 percent decrease from the previous year, it's easy to see how any one book could get lost in the shuffle—especially if it's one among the many memoirs being published every season. With the idea that there's strength in numbers, four memoirists who published books earlier this year have joined forces to promote their titles, developing a community of like-minded authors—and fostering emerging writers—along the way.

Family Settles With Sony Pictures in Running With Scissors Lawsuit

by Staff
10.19.06
The Turcotte family—better known to readers of Augusten Burroughs's memoir Running With Scissors as the Finch family—has reached a settlement with Sony Pictures in a lawsuit filed in June 2005 that accuses the author of writing false information in his memoir about them and the late Dr. Rudolph Turcotte. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that while the suit against Sony Pictures, which is releasing a film based on the book on October 27, has been settled, the family is pressing on with the suit against the author and his publisher. That suit, however, has been stayed by a Massachusetts court until the release of the film.

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