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5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013
5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013

By all accounts, 2013 was a better year for the book business: Previous reports of its demise proved unfounded, as the Los Angeles Times' David Ulin wrote recently. And thanks to the Internet and assorted literary blogs, it was a good year of literary dust-ups. Thefts, misunderstandings, deceptions and shocking statements abounded. Here are five of our favorite scandals of 2013. 1. No, I don’t have to like my characters Asked by Publisher’s Weekly if she’d want to be friends with the protagonist of her new novel, "The Woman Upstairs," Claire Messud responded with frustration: "For heaven’s sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want...

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