Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Random House legal at it again

Random House, which just finished with The DaVinci Code lawsuit earlier this month, is now dealing with Little, Brown and Co. concerning "young author's book has passages similar to another published work." BookPage's Trisha Ping INTERVIEWed Kaavya Viswanathan, the author in question, this April, obviously before the brouhaha began. The book in question is Viswanathan's How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, which was published this March by Little, Brown and Co. Little, Brown signed Viswanathan to a big 2 book deal when she was 17. DreamWorks has optioned the book.

Readers of
Megan McCafferty's book Sloppy Firsts informed her of the similarities in passages, characters and phrasing. McCafferty must have agreed. Random House published McCafferty's book in August 2001.

If you want to see for yourself, the above-mentioned books can be found for sale at your local independent bookstore or by searching by title and/or author at
Bookfinder or ADDALL

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