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Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer: Inga Muscio Speaks


Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer has been living la vida fake for the last 10 years, according to one-time pal, author Inga Muscio who got the bad news from her agent Faye Bender. She writes:

The weekend before last, Faye called me. She said, “Inga, I need you to sit down.” This is when I found out that Peggy’s entire life for the past decade is a lie. This elaborately constructed life/lie was in place long, long before Peggy ever gave me her writing. As far as I know, her daughter and baby-daddy also believe this life/lie. Everyone who has met her for the past ten years knows her to be the person she describes in the book.

Allegedly Seltzer spun the tale of being a member of the Quinault tribe, via her “bio-dad” and got checks. Hmmm–fraud investigation brewing? We sure hope so. The Quinault number about 2500 on their tribal rolls.

Muscio also writes that Seltzer’s editor, Sarah McGrath, took the James Frey incident to heart:

Peggy and I spoke frequently throughout the three years she was working on the book. Not long after the James Frey scandal busted out, she calls me all pissed off. Sarah was “grilling” her about the veracity of her book and Peggy was absolutely indignant.

Muscio answers some more questions from Vanessa Juarez at EW.

Oh, and do read David Mills’ comment on her blog–she’d better send him those stickers.

Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer

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Margaret Jones/Peggy Seltzer Toteboard

Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer Scoreboard:

Chicago Tribune
Why they lie

Financial Times
Tall tales of the would-be victim

New York Times
Strong reporting nearly makes up for the initial flabbiness. No dog-pile of op-eds, but did they really need the lame spoof? Good letters to the editor.

Foundation Is Questioned After Memoir Is Exposed
Tracking the Fallout of (Another) Literary Fraud
Gang Memoir, Turning Page, Is Pure Fiction
A Refugee From Gangland
However Mean the Streets, Have an Exit Strategy

Los Angeles Times
Lots of columns and opinions, but with the exception of a couple of quotes from Seltzer’s mom and Sandy Banks walking around the ‘hood, not much news. Where’s the former classmate, the former teacher? Never underestimate the power of googlebait for the MSM.

Caught lying? Shame on you
Authors Rita Williams, Samantha Dunn and Denise Hamilton on literary liars.
Why we fall for the fakes
Why would author label fiction as fact?
Margaret Seltzer’s fake memoir
Fact and fiction on L.A.’s mean streets
Margaret B. Jones’ foundation appears to be fake
Author admits gang-life ‘memoir’ was all fiction