Posted on 07/16/2019 at 03:54 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Participants in Wally Lamb’s prison writing program have filed a lawsuit against the bestselling author.
Lamb has previously published two anthologies of the work his students at Connecticut’s York Correctional Institution and was intending to release a third volume this fall.
Instead, the Hartford Courant reports, two participants have filed a suit against Lamb over payment disputes and alleged bullying, leading prison officials to suspend the program in the meantime.
In light of that, the Connecticut Department of Correction has put the program on hold while an internal investigation takes place.
Lamb, through his lawyer, pushes back against the claims; though he didn’t speak to reporters, the paper published excerpts from his emails to plaintiffs and more details about their complaints.
That said, the suspension could be a moot point — Lamb said in an interview months earlier that he was looking at wrapping up his involvement with the workshops he’s held for two decades now.
The author has written six New York Times bestsellers, including I Know This Much is True and She’s Come Undone, and has been selected for Oprah’s Book Club twice.
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