Publisher Drops James Frey

by Staff
2.24.06
Lisa Kussell, a representative of writer James Frey, recently announced that Riverhead Books has canceled the author’s two-book contract. Riverhead, the imprint of Penguin Books that released Frey’s second memoir, My Friend Leonard, in June 2005, has declined to comment.

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.

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.

Massachusetts Family Sues Author Augusten Burroughs

by Staff
8.16.05
A lawsuit recently filed in Massachusetts accuses author Augusten Burroughs of defamation, invasion of privacy, emotional distress, and fraud. The lawsuit, filed by the Turcotte family, contends that Burroughs’s memoir, Running With Scissors ( St. Martin’s Press, 2002), includes false information about themselves and the late Dr. Rodolph Turcotte, a psychiatrist who took custody of Burroughs at age 9. Also named in the lawsuit are Burroughs’s editor, agent, and publisher. The Turcotte family (changed to Finch in the book) is asking that the book no longer be published as a work of nonfiction. They are also requesting a public statement that it is not a memoir. Burroughs has not commented on the lawsuit. A movie adaptation of Running With Scissors, featuring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow, is set to be released next year.

More Memoir Murmurs: Laura Albert's Next Book?

by Staff
9.14.06
The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Laura Albert, the cocreator of JT LeRoy, the fictional author of Sarah (Bloomsbury, 2000) and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Bloomsbury, 2001), has enlisted New York City literary agent David Kuhn to sell a memoir.

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