Another plagiarist uncovered, it seems!
Read the story in the Malay Mail yesterday (for some strange reason the MM seems to be suddenly quite good about picking up quirky book news.)
Harvard undergraduate Kaavya Viswanathan scooped a publishing deal worth $500,000 for her first novel and another book. She now stands accused of plagiarisng parts of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life from two novels by Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. Both books tell of a young woman from New Jersey trying to get into an Ivy League college. The New York Times reports that there are at least 29 (!) passages that are strikingly similar. Viswanathan has issued an apology.
Jane Sunshine e-mailed me this morning to go take a look at Khitabkhana, and there's links to more gossip about the case there.