Francine Prose to Condoleezza Rice: Let Banned British Memoirist In

by Staff
4.1.08

Two weeks after customs officials detained British memoirist Sebastian Horsley and prevented him from entering the United States, the PEN American Center has issued a letter of appeal to the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to review the case and allow the author to return to the country. Horsley, who flew back to the U.K. after the incident at Newark Liberty International Airport on March 18, has been invited to paricipate in PEN's World Voices Festival of International Literature at the end of this month.

 

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.

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