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Deborah Voigt Inks Deal with HarperCollins

Opera singer Deborah Voigt has inked a deal with HarperCollins for her memoir; the current working title for the book is True Confessions of a Down to Earth Diva.

The autobiography is slated for a 2013 release. Publisher Jonathan Burnham negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Kim Witherspoon.

Here’s more from the release: “Voigt is on the roll of her life after finally conquering her inner demons, the least of which perhaps was her very obvious addiction to food and emotional eating. Seven years ago, Voigt was infamously catapulted into a state of shame by the mainstream media when it was revealed that she had been fired by the Royal Opera House in London for literally being too fat to fit into a little black dress that she was expected to wear as part of her starring role as Ariadne at Covent Garden.”

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Jonathan Franklin Lands Deal for Book about Chilean Miners

Journalist Jonathan Franklin has sold 33 Men to Penguin’s Putnam & Sons imprint. The manuscript chronicles the rescue of 33 miners after the Chilean mining disaster earlier this year.

The video embedded above shows a BBC news report about the rescue. Franklin carried a “Rescue Team” pass which allowed him to close access to the rescue effort. The book will contain material from 75 interviews Franklin conducted, including victims.

Editorial director Marysue Rucci acquired the book and Inkwell Management literary agent George Lucas negotiated the deal. The deal included North American hardcover and paperback rights, as well as eBook and audiobook rights.

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Another Day, Another Possible Fake Memoir

Just when we thought the whole “fake memoir” craze from last year had completely abated, along comes the New York Times’ Abby Ellin to upset the apple cart once more. The book up for scrutiny is Deborah Rodriguez‘s KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL, whose tales of hairdressing in the midst of Islamic restrictions and fundamentalism propelled both book and author to bestsellerdom. Problem is, “Crazy Deb,” as Rodriguez refers to herself in the book, has raised the ire of six women who were involved at the founding of the Kabul Beauty School. The women say the book is filled with inaccuracies and inconsistencies. They argue that events did not unfold the way Rodriguez depicts them, and that she exaggerated her role in the formation of the school.

Though Random House notes on the copyright page that some personal, place and organization names have been changed, and some chronological details adjusted, Ellin explains, the women believe that the discrepancies are too vast to call the book a memoir. They even question whether the stories Rodriguez tells about Afghan women – disturbing, heartbreaking tales of abuse – are real. And they object to Rodriguez’s explanation of how she came to be in charge of the school, as she is today. They say that, instead of being its savior, as she represents, she plotted to move the school from the Women’s Ministry to the house she shares with her Afghan/Uzbek husband, Sher (called Sam in the book). And, they said, she did it for personal gain. “She couldn’t have a for-profit business at the ministry,” said Patricia O’Connor (pictured with Shaima Ali and Terri Graguel, left) one of the school’s founders.

So far, this isn’t quite in James Frey territory and everyone involved admits this isn’t a case of outright lying. But once again, we’re faced with the question of how much truth there must be in a memoir with no easy answers – especially as KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL follows a pattern set in many true-to-life books and psychological accounts that tell stories with names changed and stories melded. Indeed, Richard Pine, a literary agent and partner at InkWell Management, said Rodriguez wasn’t bound by journalistic standards. “Journalists know about fact-checking,” he said. “Beauticians know about hair dye and shampoo.”