Some time before it became crystal clear that, despite all laws of nature, James Frey’s Bright Shiny Morning would be an unqualified hit, there was a moment when agents and editors wondered if the man who’d agreed to publish it might have reason to worry for his job. Back in September, Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham Read More
Janet Maslin loved Bright Shiny Morning. The teaser text on the New York Times books portal is "James Frey stepped up to the plate and hit one out of the park with his new book." Ms. Maslin’s review, published today, is not only an unequivocal rave, but a tribute to Mr. Frey’s choppy Read More
Leon Neyfakh wonders who’ll replace departing Random House CEO Peter Olson. "Regardless of whom Bertelsmann CEO Hartmut Ostrowski and his 15-person supervisory board appoint to replace Mr. Olson, it is all but certain that Random House will undergo some radical changes." Plus: James Frey.
Doree Shafrir has the tale of the tape on Read More
Editors at MSNBC.com removed and retracted a story about James Frey last Thursday afternoon after receiving some angry phone calls from members of Mr. Frey’s publicity team. In the story “Frey Still Having Trouble Keeping Facts Straight,” which ran in the Scoop gossip column, reporter Courtney Hazlett suggested that Mr. Frey, the disgraced memoirist whose Read More
Dina Lohan will be honored as a "Top Mom"–no, really!–on Long Island by an organization called Mingling Moms, alongside Rae Stern (Howard Stern’s mom), Betty Seinfeld (Jerry’s mom), and Shelley Stevens Herschlag (Natalie Portman’s mom). Check back here tomorrow for lots more … [P6]
The Met’s Costume Institute Gala last night was attended Read More
If you remember this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, you weren’t there. Felix Gillette, John Koblin, and Choire Sicha flood the zone in D.C..
Janet Silver is moving from Houghton Mifflin to Nan Talese’s imprint at Doubleday. Leon Neyfakh checks in with with Ms. Talese who says, "I called Janet and she sent Read More
James Frey’s novel Bright Shiny Morning is coming out in two weeks, which means the publicity department at HarperCollins is in the thick of what has to be an unusually challenging public-relations campaign.
With director of publicity Tina Andreadis in charge, the team has done a knockout job so far. The biggest coup is Read More
According to city records, fabulist James Frey has a fabulous new unit to add to his three-bedroom apartment at 505 Greenwich Street. This month, Mr. Frey and wife Maya closed on a $985,000 one-bedroom apartment, next door to the three-bedroom condo.
They bought that first place for $2.55 million in May 2005, half a Read More
Coming off the Q train at Union Square this morning, The Media Mob spotted a woman on the stairs carrying a paperback copy of James Frey’s forthcoming novel Bright Shiny Morning. The book– Mr. Frey’s first unequivocally fictional work and his first attempt to restore his reputation since his memoirs were revealed in late 2005 Read More
The Observer‘s Leon Neyfakyh told us in September:
If A Million Little Pieces taught us anything, it’s that readers love a good tale of redemption, and now that Mr. [James] Frey is back with a new novel, the people who have agreed to help him sell it are going all out to convince Read More