Publishing: Ex-Columnist's Lies May Haunt New Book

Ex-Columnist's Lies May Haunt New Book

HARCOURT BRACE would seem to have a major p.r. headache on its hands. The co-author of one of its lead fall titles, Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery, is PATRICIA SMITH, the Boston Globe columnist who was asked to resign in June after she was found to have fabricated four columns. Harcourt executive editor Jane Isay says the firm still plans to publish the book, which was co-authored with novelist Charles Johnson and is the companion to a PBS series. "She is a wonderful writer. Her prose is riveting," says Isay, who nonetheless concedes that Harcourt Brace was forced to...

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