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.

More Fiction From James Frey: HarperCollins to Publish Novel

by Staff
9.13.07
Less than two years after James Frey admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he had fabricated sections of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, the infamous author is set to publish again. HarperCollins announced yesterday that it had acquired Frey's third book, a novel titled Bright Shiny Morning, and plans to publish it next summer.

Judge Orders Albert to Pay $350,000 to Film Company

by Staff
8.3.07
On Tuesday, a Manhattan district court judge ordered fiction writer Laura Albert to pay a total of $350,000 in legal fees and other costs to Antidote International Films. Albert, who gained notoriety for publishing and posing as her alter-ego, JT Leroy, had used the fictitious name to sign a film contract and tax forms with Antidote prior to the disclosure of her true identity in 2005. Last month, she was convicted of fraud and ordered to pay $116,000 in damages.

Kureishi's Story, Deemed Offensive by the BBC, Finds New Life Online

by Staff
4.20.07
Earlier this week, Hanif Kureishi, the Whitbread Award-winning author of the novels The Buddha of Suburbia (Viking, 1990) and Intimacy (Scribner, 1999), among others, accused the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of censorship after it dropped a radio broadcast of one of his short stories.

Trethewey and McCarthy Win 2007 Pulitzer Prizes

by Staff
4.17.07

Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin). Also nominated were Martín Espada for The Republic of Poetry (Norton) and David Wojahn for Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004 (University of Pittsburgh Press).

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