Radio Hour: Laura Albert on the Documentary "Author: The JT Leroy Story"

By Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, Laura AlbertSeptember 9, 2016

Radio Hour: Laura Albert on the Documentary "Author: The JT Leroy Story"

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Was the author known as JT Leroy the greatest literary hoax of the 21st century? This week Laurie and Tom have a riveting conversation with Laura Albert, who is back in the spotlight after the release of the documentary Author: The JT Leroy Story, which explores how, in her middle-age, she invented a best-selling literary persona based on her conversations with hot-lines for troubled teens. It might be the most fascinating documentary that your hosts have ever seen. Listen in as they delve into the story of a writer discovering her identity through a “hoax” and cover topics from trans the nature of fiction.

Produced by Alan Minsky. 

LARB Contributors

Tom Lutz is the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. His latest book is Born Slippy: A Novel.

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Laurie Winer is a Los Angeles Review of Books founding editor.

Laura Albert won international acclaim with her fiction. Writing as JT LeRoy, she is the author of the best-selling novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and the novella Harold’s End, published by Last Gasp with illustrations by Cherry Hood.


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