About the Author by John Colapinto

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Just how did Cal Cunningham -- a twenty-five-year-old bookstore stockboy who is new to Manhattan and who has never written anything -- publish a bestselling novel that sells to the movies for a million dollars?

A mysterious roommate, a timely bike accident, and the rapacious literary agent Blackie Yaeger all play a role in Cal's success.

Deception, blackmail, and murder all play a role in his desperate bid to hold on to it.

And About the Author is his first-person account of how he performed this remarkable feat.


About John Colapinto

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John Colapinto has written for "Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, Mademoiselle, Us Weekly, " and "Rolling Stone, " where the landmark National Magazine Award-winning article that was the basis for "As Nature Made Him" first appeared. He is also the author of the novel "About the Author". He lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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The only story-spinning on his schedule is the regular debriefing requested by Cal’s nerdy flatmate Stewart Church, a near-monastic legal student who wants to hear all the details of Cal’s dalliances in the fleshpots of Manhattan.

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The New York Times

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The accidental death of his roommate Stewart, a law student whom Cal had dismissed as dull and artless, leads Cal to the perfect literary crime: the chance to pass off a piece of Stewart's work as his own -- a complete and extremely artful manuscript that no one else, he thinks, knows exists.

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The Guardian

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Cal's reign at the top of the bestseller list doesn't last long - apart from the quandary of how to follow up an acclaimed first novel he didn't write, there's also the small problem of a one-night stand called Lesley, who stole Stewart's computer and consequently knows Cal's secret.

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Publishers Weekly

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Cal Cunningham, the engaging, "panther-thin" protagonist of Colapinto's intrepid first foray into fiction (after his nonfictional debut As Nature Made Him) is an author with writer's block, struggling to acquire the "monastic absorption" needed to pen his autobiography and be freed from a meager ...

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Book Reporter

But when a woman from Cal's skirt chasing past moves into the small Vermont town where Cal lives with Janet, she proceeds to blackmail Cal and make his life a guilt-ridden hell.

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Entertainment Weekly

Aspiring author Cal Cunningham is a victim not only of a nasty case of writer's block but of having his life appropriated by his nerdy law-student roommate, who writes a novel based on Cal's sexploits and is then (conveniently) killed in a car accident.

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Nights and Weekends

When Stewart is killed in a bicycle accident, Cal decides that Suicide is, technically, his story anyway, so he changes the author’s name on the manuscript and ships it off to a big-time New York agent, who turns around and gets Cal a book deal for almost a million dollars (and that’s...

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