James Frey, the Milli Vanilli of memoirists, and publisher Random House will settle various class-action lawsuits filed against them by aggrieved readers of Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, which was billed as “nonfiction.”
How readers will be compensated:
To receive refunds $23.95 for the hardcover, $14.95 for paperback consumers will have to submit a receipt or some other proof of purchase: for the hardcover, page 163; for the paperback, the front cover. They will also need to sign a sworn statement that they bought the book because they believed it was a memoir.
A word to librarians: lock up this title now, before the patrons start ripping up your circulating copies.
(Via The Consumerist.)
Update, 10 am, 9 September: Chase at Taste the World thinks this is a good enough idea to extend to other forms of deception.