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Greg Mortenson Defended By Former Climbing Partner

Greg Mortenson‘s former climbing partner, Scott Darsney, sent an email to Outside magazine entitled “Three Cups of Tea Is Not Diminished by One Cup of WikiLeaks.” Darsney was one of the sources Jon Krakauer used to write his essay, ”Three Cups of Deceit”–an essay alleging that the author fabricated parts of his memoirs.

Mortenson (pictured, via) wrote about a 1993 visit to the village of Korphe in his memoir, Three Cups of Tea. In the email, Darsney wrote that during the 1993 climb up K2 mountain Mortenson had gotten lost but returned half-a-day later. He theorizes that it’s plausible Mortenson may have been in Korphe during that time.

Here’s an excerpt from Darsney’s email: “If Jon Krakauer and some of Greg’s detractors had taken the time to have three or more cups of tea with Greg and others—instead of one cup of tea with a select few who would discredit him—they would have found some minor problems and transgressions. But to the extent to call it all ‘lies’ and ‘fraud’? No way. They would have come to very different conclusions. It takes a lot longer than one journalistic research cycle to have three cups of tea with someone.”

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50,000+ Downloads of Jon Krakauer Essay

The new long form nonfiction site Byliner has counted more than 50,000 free downloads of Jon Krakauer‘s scathing expose about the work of Greg Mortenson.

Following a 60 Minutes report questioning the veracity of Mortenson’s memoirs, Viking will review his work. Upcoming issues of Byliner will feature work by William Vollmann and Anthony Swofford.

Here’s more about the Byliner essay: “Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.”

Think Tank Director in Pakistan May Sue Greg Mortenson

Yesterday a 60 Minutes report and author Jon Krakauer both accused author Greg Mortenson of fabricating incidents in his memoir–spawning a lawsuit threat and “serious questions” about his work in Afghanistan.

In his memoirs, Mortenson alleged that Taliban members kidnapped him during his work. CNN interviewed Mansur Khan Mahsud, a Pakistani think tank director included in a photo from this alleged kidnapping.

Mahsud told reporters he planned to sue over Mortenson’s defamatory claims. Mahsud shared an unpublished photo of Mortenson with his “kidnappers;” in the photo Mortenson holds a firearm and does not appear to be in danger.

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Greg Mortenson Responds To Jon Krakauer & 60 Minutes

Both journalist Jon Krakauer and a 60 Minutes report questioned the authenticity of memoirs written by Greg Mortenson. As his publisher reviews his work, the author (pictured, via) defended himself in a long Outside magazine interview and a written response to 60 Minutes.

Here’s more from the Outside interview: “[Kevin Fedarko] wrote a Parade magazine article about me in 2003, and the Siachen story and Parade put us on the map. Then Lee Kravitz, who was the editor of Parade, called me and said, I’ve got a book writer for you. This was David Oliver Relin, who co-authored Three Cups of Tea with me and has joint copyright. That’s where some of the issues are. It’s really complicated, but I’m not a journalist. I don’t take a lot of notes. David and I collaborated. He did nearly all the writing, and along with hundreds of interviews of those involved in the story, I helped him piece together the whole timeline, and from that we started creating the narrative arc and everything.”

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Jon Krakauer Publishes Greg Mortenson Expose

Journalist Jon Krakauer has published an expose of author Greg Mortenson with a new long form journalism site, Byliner. Follow this link before April 20th to download a free PDF copy; a Kindle Single edition will be published on Wednesday.

Following a 60 Minutes report questioning the veracity of Mortenson’s memoirs, Viking will review his work. Upcoming issues of Byliner will feature work by William Vollmann and Anthony Swofford.

Here’s more about the Byliner essay: “Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.”  (Via Paul Bogaards) Read more

Jon Krakauer Criticizes Gen. Stanley McChrystal

jon23.jpgOn Meet the Press this weekend, author Jon Krakauer made headlines for criticizing the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan for the role he played after the death of football star and soldier, Pat Tillman.

During the show, Krakauer (pictured, via) debates why Gen. Stanley McChrystal helped give a “fraudulent” medal to Tillman after the star died in a friendly-fire incident. In the video, the author watches a clip of the General explaining why he gave the medal to the football star–an event that Krakauer studies in his new book, “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.”

Here’s more from the article: “He, he just said now he didn’t read this hugely important document about the most famous soldier in the military. He didn’t read it carefully enough to notice that it talked about enemy fire instead of friendly fire? That’s preposterous. That, that’s not believable.” (Via Huffington Post)

Dan Brown Breaks Sales Records at Barnes & Noble

bnlogo23.jpgLast night Barnes & Noble announced that Dan Brown had set bookselling records at the massive chain–breaking “all previous one day sales for adult fiction.”

In addition, the company noted that pre-orders for “The Lost Symbol” were higher than orders for any book in the bookseller’s history. The book is the top digital book on the site as well. And, if you are one of the few remaining readers who need to find out more about Brown’s five-million copy book blitz, GalleyCat has it covered.

Here’s more from Jaime Carey, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble: “It’s not every day you get to sell such a rich collection of new titles including such authors as: Dan Brown, Jon Krakauer (‘Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman’), the late Senator Edward Kennedy (‘True Compass’), and Paul Harrington (‘The Secret to Teen Power’), and then round out the week with an Oprah Book Club selection to be announced on Friday.”

Author Jon Krakauer on His Long-Delayed Book

tillman23.gifDan Brown isn’t the only Doubleday author with a book coming out this week. In a candid interview at The Daily Beast, Jon Krakauer talks about his struggles while writing his new book, “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.”

The interview explores Krakauer’s journey to finish this long-delayed book Pat Tillman, the football star killed while fighting in Afghanistan. Krakauer–who also wrote “Into the Wild” and “Under the Banner of Heaven”–praises Tillman’s “powerful” writing and addresses conspiracy theories about the football star’s death.

Here’s an inside look at writing “Into the Wild,” from the interview: “I was more full of myself then, more intent on trying to be a stylish writer. Now, my writing is less slick. There’s just something about being young and full of yourself and trying so hard–I’m embarrassed by that, but also nostalgic for it. That was the only time in my life when I would wake up in the morning and be looking forward to writing. I never felt that way before, or since. I doubt I ever will again.”

Dan Brown and Publishing’s “DBDay”

the_lost_symbol-1.jpgWith 6.5 million copies of Dan Brown‘s “The Lost Symbol” coming out on September 15, publishing folks are looking towards what some call “DBDay” with a mixture of anticipation and fear.

Former Publishers Weekly editor Sara Nelson interviewed a number of publishing types for The Daily Beast, giving an inside glimpse at expectations for the novel. Thriller author Joseph Finder worried that the book will influence his sales, and Nelson projected that other writers “prefer to scuttle like cockroaches” than face Brown’s book on the bestseller list.

Here’s an excerpt from the essay: “[I]f I were ‘Into the Wild’ author Jon Krakauer, whose long-awaited book about Pat Tillman, ‘Where Men Win Glory,’ is slated for the same pub date, I might be a little anxious about the fact that my publisher Doubleday has been so preoccupied with their ‘star project’ that at least one wag has already dubbed them DBDay. Still, publishers insist, there is plenty of in-house marketing muscle to go around.”

Publishing Deadlines Tighten

the_lost_symbol-1.jpgAs the publishing recession drags on, agents scramble to make sure authors finish their books on time–in 2009, a missed book deadline can be fatal.

At the NY Observer, reporter Leon Neyfakh interviewed agents and discovered a new reverence for author deadlines. While some still hold romantic images of the tortured artist toiling on his or her masterpiece years past deadline, most publishers won’t tolerate costly delays these days. Even bestselling authors Dan Brown and Jon Krakauer both turned in long-delayed manuscripts earlier this year.

Here’s a quote from Writers House agent Simon Lipskar, from the article: “Publishers are going to look at every opportunity to save money in this climate … Most of them aren’t being quite as venal as calling to cancel a day after the due date, but my standard recommendation to my authors at this time is to just deliver their books on schedule.”

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