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James Frey to appear on ‘Larry King Live’

The controversial author will be on the show, Wednesday, Jan. 11
/ Source: The Associated Press

James Frey, whose best-selling memoir about substance abuse, “A Million Little Pieces,” has come under intense scrutiny for alleged fabrications, will appear Wednesday night on “Larry King Live,” a CNN spokeswoman told The Associated Press.

Bridget Leininger of CNN said Tuesday that Frey would not be interviewed for the entire hour-long program, but otherwise did not discuss details. Alison Rich, a spokeswoman for publisher Doubleday, and Frey spokeswoman Lisa Kussell both declined comment.

Frey’s book has sold millions of copies and made him a hero among recovering addicts, but an investigative Web site has alleged substantial inaccuracies, with inflated claims about his criminal record and about his involvement in an accident that killed two high school students.

“Police reports, court records, interviews with law enforcement personnel, and other sources have put the lie to many key sections of Frey’s book,” according to an article that appeared Sunday on www.thesmokinggun.com.

Frey’s memoir was published in 2003 and became a sensation last fall after Oprah Winfrey picked it for her book club. He has defended his work, writing on his web site last weekend that “I stand by my book, and my life.”

Also Thursday, Doubleday issued a statement of support, saying that memoirs are “highly personal.”

“In publishing Mr. Frey, we decided ‘A Million Little Pieces’ was his story, told in his own way, and he represented to us that his version of events was true to his recollections,” according to Doubleday.

“Recent accusations against him notwithstanding, the power of the overall reading experience is such that the book remains a deeply inspiring and redemptive story for millions of readers.”

Doubleday’s Alison Rich acknowledged that the publisher was in “constant communication” with Frey, but declined to discuss the content of those conversations or any specific allegations about his work.