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Part Two of Vanity Fair Online Episode About JT LeRoy

JANUARY 12/2020 – Vanity Fair magazine’s online series about cons and con artists examines the strange story of “JT LeRoy” (part two).

For a brief time in the late 1990s, early 2000s, “JT” was the toast of the “edgy” literary set. It was claimed that JT was a teenaged, drug-addicted street-hustler who had endured horrifying sexual and physical abuse.

JT’s writing (novels, short stories, magazine articles) detailed the lives of addicts, prostitutes, street people, criminals and creeps. Readers speculated how much of JT’s work was based on real people and experiences.

Despite their fame, JT proved oddly reclusive—rarely doing readings or interviews. It was suggested JT was skittish in public because of the awful things that had happened to him over his young life.

When the banal reality about JT’s writing and mystery persona was eventually revealed, it proved the wisdom of the old cliché about truth being stranger than fiction.

I was interviewed for the series because I wrote a textbook called The Big Con about scams and scam artists.

The Big Con is available through Barnes and NobleKoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.

Click here to watch part two of the JT LeRoy episode.


New Online Service Connects Canadian Authors With Book Clubs

JANUARY 10/2020 – I just signed up with The Authors’ Book Club—a new online service that connects Canadian authors with book clubs nationwide.

Founded by writers David Albertyn and Ann Y.J. Choi, The Authors’ Book Club aims, in its own words, “to create an online community for authors and readers and to promote engagement between them.” The Club also hopes “to be a resource for book clubs in Canada and to connect them with authors.”

Worthy goals and a great way to promote Canadian authors while exposing book clubs to new writing.

Authors can put together a profile for the site consisting of a mini-bio, a description of their latest works, contact information and a note about where they’re located (and willing to travel to). 

If you’re interested in having a true-crime author (namely me) do a reading or presentation at your Toronto-area book club, click here and check out my profile on The Authors’ Book Club website.


Part One of Vanity Fair Online Episode About JT LeRoy

JANUARY 3/2020 – This segment of Vanity Fair magazine’s online series about cons and con artists tells the strange story of “JT LeRoy”.

For a brief time in the late 1990s, early 2000s, “JT” was the toast of the “edgy” literary set. It was claimed that JT was a teenaged, drug-addicted street-hustler who had endured horrifying sexual and physical abuse.

JT’s writing (novels, short stories, magazine articles) detailed the lives of addicts, prostitutes, street people, criminals and creeps. Readers speculated how much of JT’s work was based on real people and experiences.

Despite their fame, JT proved oddly reclusive—rarely doing readings or interviews. It was suggested JT was skittish in public because of the awful things that had happened to him over his young life.

When the banal reality about JT’s writing and mystery persona was eventually revealed, it proved the wisdom of the old cliché about truth being stranger than fiction.

I was interviewed for the series because I wrote a textbook called The Big Con about scams and scam artists.

The Big Con is available through Barnes and Noble, KoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.

Click here to watch part one of the JT LeRoy episode.

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