- If you're wondering why we heard only a couple of peeps from Warren St. John as our guest blogger last week, perhaps it's because he was writing a piece for the New York Times unmasking the writer JT Leroy. We forgive you, Warren.
- Meanwhile, the Smoking Gun website calls into question the legitimacy of James Frey's Oprah-approved "memoir," A Million Little Pieces. According to the site:
Police reports, court records, interviews with law enforcement personnel, and other sources have put the lie to many key sections of Frey's book. The 36-year-old author, these documents and interviews show, wholly fabricated or wildly embellished details of his purported criminal career, jail terms, and status as an outlaw "wanted in three states."
- The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announced its 2006 Book Award winners, chosen by independent booksellers from Oregon, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. And they are:
- The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
- Children's Book Award — Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water by Kurt Cyrus
- Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone by John Daniel
- The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
- William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award — Approximately Paradise by Floyd Skloot
- How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein
Congrats to all!
- Slate's TV critic, Dana Stevens, has harsh words for ABC's new sitcom, Emily's Reasons Why Not, starring Heather Graham and based on the chick-lit book of the same name. But mostly Stevens wonders how Graham's career plummeted so fast after her breakthrough in Boogie Nights — a question that keeps me awake on countless nights.
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