John D'Agata and Jim Fingal on Morning Edition

Nonfiction faculty member John D'Agata and Jim Fingal talk with Morning Edition about their new book The Lifespan of a Fact. Listen to the story on Morning Edition here.

"When an author writes something that's supposed to be a true story and readers discover he's stretched the truth, things can get ugly fast. Recall Oprah Winfrey's famous rebuke of author James Frey for making up much of his memoir, A Million Little Pieces. "I feel duped, but more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of readers," she told him.

Now a new book is making waves by defending an author's right to embellish the facts. The book is called The Lifespan of a Fact, and is a collaboration between author John D'Agata and his former fact-checker, Jim Fingal." read more...

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