The Hollywood Reporter, among other sources, has announced that James Frey will returned to Oprah's coach. The episode will happen sometime in May, the last month Oprah's show will be on the air.
Frey and Oprah have a checkered history - his faux memoir A Million Little Pieces was chosen for her Oprah's Book Club, but when it was revealed large portions of it were fabricated, Oprah famously ripped him a new one on her show. Frey has been courting the ire of the publishing world ever since.
His last major venture was his book production company Full Fathom Five, which produced the movie flop I Am Number Four among other books. The venture was revealed to have been a dirty deal between Frey and impressionable college students given horrible, write-to-hire contracts.
His latest adventure is his new book, which publishers apparently won't touch. It's only form of traditional publishing was done at the hands of an investor, and most of the copies will be available only in e-book form.
I have a feeling, though, that's there more to this Oprah meeting than meets the eye. It's a nice circle back to the worst Oprah's Book Club scandal, but it also nicely times in with the revelation that Greg Mortensen's Three Cups of Tea and philanthropy work might all be hogwash. Worse still, is that both men have become wealthy off these lies.
In an era when the average joe is pissed as hell at executives taking money while their companies lay people off, I don't find it surprising at all that people would turn against artists who use trickery, rather than talent, to produce their work. I wouldn't be surprised if Frey's new book doesn't sell - even with an appearance on Oprah.
To be honest, though, I wish Oprah would have found another author to talk to, cause you know this will help Frey sell at least a few books. Maybe she could do a talk with the new Pulitizer Prize winner, Jennifer Egan, instead?