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Ex-Wife's Novel Details Taylor's Marital Breakup

Publisher of ex-wife's A Stopover in Venice downplays a big selling point

(Newser) - Book-jacket fodder that could alone put a novel on the bestseller list is curiously absent from Kathryn Walker’s debut, A Stopover in Venice, Celia McGee notes in the New York Times—though it’s a fictional account of her unhappy marriage to James Taylor. The musician comes in for... More »

How to Weather a Roman á Clef

What do you do when the villain in your ex-employee's novel seems awfully familiar?

(Newser) - Lauren Weisberger's thinly veiled tell-all, The Devil Wears Prada, raked Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour over the coals. Wall Street speared Ivan Boesky. Survive an embittered underling's shenanigans with these tips from Portfolio:
  1. Request an advance copy from the author, not the publisher.
  2. Get together with your legal and PR teams.
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