A couple of years after publishers decided they were through with James Frey, at the launch party for Booktrack (the company creating soundtracks for books), he promises, “I’m done writing books.” Frey also promises that he did not write the “Pittacus Lore” YA books. “The only books I’ve written are the ones with my names on them, and I’m never writing another book. I have other things to do in life. I’m not bored with it—I’m still going to do television shows and movies and videogames. I just like having other people write books for me, you know?” (When I AM NUMBER FOUR was submitted to publishers it was reported as promising a “collaboration between an unnamed New York Times best-selling author and a young up-and-coming writer.”)
Bookselling this Week reports that Barbara Drummond Mead, 51, died on Tuesday. A former bookseller and event organizer at McIntyre’s Books in North Carolina, and Covered Treasures Bookstore in Colorado, she was co-owner and president of Reading Group Choices.