More than a year after Oprah delivered her on-air dressing-down to James Frey for fictionalizing his own memoir, his publisher, Nan Talese, hasn't forgiven or forgotten. At a literary convention in Texas last weekend, Talese called Oprah's behavior "mean and self-serving," said the confrontation was "fiercely bad manners," and challenged her to apologize.
Talese was backed up by the convention's keynote speaker, Joyce Carol Oates, who questioned Oprah's judgment of Frey's veracity in her speech. Lest anyone think the outburst was inadvertent, Talese reiterated the charges the next day to a Dallas Morning News book critic, saying she found Winfrey "holier-than-thou" and her talk-show audience a "Roman circus." (Read more Oprah Winfrey stories.)