Sales of Frey Memoir Unhurt by Fabrications
Posted on Mar 23, 2006
Hey, Paris Hilton went from B-list to the cover of Vogue after her sex video made the rounds. So it’s no surprise that James Frey’s lies haven’t hurt his sales.
Nor have allegations of plagiarism hurt the sales of Dan Brown’s book “The Da Vinci Code.”
Recent controversy surrounding two Random House bestsellers has not dented sales, but one of them may change the way memoirs are issued, the publisher’s chief executive said on Wednesday.
Author James Frey was exposed by investigative journalists to have invented portions of his memoir “A Million Little Pieces,” and Dan Brown is being accused in court of plagiarizing portions of mega-seller “The Da Vinci Code.”
“The Frey book has continued to sell strongly in the new year,” Random House Chief Executive Peter Olson told Reuters in an interview, adding that “The Da Vinci Code” has too, even after three years on global bestseller lists.
“It continues to sell well in the UK and the U.S., but I wouldn’t say we’ve seen any spike in sales,” Olson said, referring to fallout from the London court case.
James Frey meets with Oprah Winfrey before the truth was widely known about the fabrications in his book.