Quentin Rowan Bouncing Back From Plagiarism Scandal With Memoir
The New Yorker has published a lengthy piece about QR Markham, aka Quentin Rowan, aka That Guy Who Plagiarized His Debut Novel, Assassin of Secrets.
A lot of what The New Yorker writes about has been covered, but the biggest news appears to be that he's now writing a memoir. Never Say Goodbye is due to be published in September by Yeti Publishing. Rowan says he hopes it will "clear some things up" for people.
I would make a joke about him stealing from other people's memoirs, but the article says he can't land a job, his girlfriend left him and his former publisher, Little, Brown and Company, is making him pay back his advance and the production costs of his book. Seems as though karma is already on top of this one.
The New Yorker piece is pretty good and, I think, worth a read--it makes some interesting points about our culture of sampling and remixing (Exhibit A: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). You'll need a subscription to the magazine to read it (or you can pick it up from a newsstand), as the article is behind a paywall.
Personally, I'm a little bummed. I spoke to the reporter for this (Rowan did a signing at the bookstore where I work) and called him a "grownup version of McLovin, from Superbad." They kept the quote but cut my name--I have been reduced to a lowly "attendee" of the event (at which I took the above photo).
Ah well. C'est la vie.
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