17 episodes

An all-new investigative podcast hosted by world-renowned literary critic and publishing insider Bethanne Patrick. Across its eight-episode debut season, Missing Pages uncovers the power struggles, mistaken identities, and unfathomably bad behavior within the secretive world of book publishing. Each episode brings in authors, experts, publishing insiders, and a circus of NYC media elites to tell the real story; unfit for print.
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    • 3.7 • 84 Ratings

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An all-new investigative podcast hosted by world-renowned literary critic and publishing insider Bethanne Patrick. Across its eight-episode debut season, Missing Pages uncovers the power struggles, mistaken identities, and unfathomably bad behavior within the secretive world of book publishing. Each episode brings in authors, experts, publishing insiders, and a circus of NYC media elites to tell the real story; unfit for print.
Produced by The Podglomerate.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Kaavya Viswanathan: The Untold Story

    Kaavya Viswanathan: The Untold Story

    At the start of 2006, 19-year-old Kaavya Viswanathan seemed to have it all. From a high profile six-figure book deal to good standing at Harvard University, the world was at her feet. But by the end of the year, her name was only brought up in conversations about "cautionary tales." How did she end up on a national television apology tour? Bethanne speaks to experts to set the story straight— and conducts a revelatory and exclusive interview with Kaavya herself.
    You can find a full transcript of this episode here.
    Produced by The Podglomerate.
    As a bonus, please find a collection of all of the books mentioned in the podcast on Apple Books at this link: https://apple.co/booksmissingpages
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    • 55 min
    Dan Mallory: The Good Liar

    Dan Mallory: The Good Liar

    A.J. Finn — also known as Dan Mallory, former Executive Editor at William Morrow and Co. — overcame tragedy and illness to publish "The Woman in the Window", a huge bestseller and the inspiration for a Netflix film. But the story of the talented Mr. Mallory has more twists and turns than the book that made his reputation. Bestelling Pulitzer finalist Luis Alberto Urrea is a featured guest.
    You can find a full transcript of this episode here.
    Produced by The Podglomerate.
    As a bonus, please find a collection of all of the books mentioned in the podcast on Apple Books at this link: https://apple.co/booksmissingpages
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    • 49 min
    J.T. LeRoy: The Last Literary Rockstar

    J.T. LeRoy: The Last Literary Rockstar

    Raw, transgressive, and true: Praise for hard-hitting books like Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things made Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy the talk of the town. But was J.T. who he said he was? Follow our winding journey as we parse good intentions and messy outcomes in one of the book world’s most complicated stories and biggest hoaxes.
    Find the full transcript of this episode here.
    Produced by The Podglomerate.
    As a bonus, please find a collection of all of the books mentioned in the podcast on Apple Books at this link: https://apple.co/booksmissingpages
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Caroline Calloway Part I: Essential Snake Oils

    Caroline Calloway Part I: Essential Snake Oils

    They say that being too online will mess with your head, and no one was more online than Caroline Calloway, the mega-influencer who is known for botching not one but two books deals. Bethanne follows her trail of obsessed superfans, betrayed friends, and abandoned book deals across Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, and even OnlyFans.
    Find a full transcript of this episode here.
    Produced by The Podglomerate.
    As a bonus, please find a collection of all of the books mentioned in the podcast on Apple Books at this link: https://apple.co/booksmissingpages
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    • 47 min
    Caroline Calloway Part II: Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Flower Crown

    Caroline Calloway Part II: Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Flower Crown

    Some stories are too big, or at least too entertaining, to fit into a single episode. In part two, Bethanne speaks to authors, publishers, and NYC night life reporters to find out what Caroline Calloway might have up her sleeve next. Make sure to listen to part one if you haven't yet.
    Produced by The Podglomerate.
    As a bonus, please find a collection of all of the books mentioned in the podcast on Apple Books at this link: https://apple.co/booksmissingpages
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    • 46 min
    Anna March: Inventing Anna

    Anna March: Inventing Anna

    Bethanne doesn’t just talk about scandals after the fact: Sometimes she’s embroiled in them as they happen. In this episode, Bethanne spills the tea on the story of “Anna March,” a notorious figure who racked up big bills in the service of literature — and left others to pay them.
    Produced by The Podglomerate.
    As a bonus, please find a collection of all of the books mentioned in the podcast on Apple Books at this link: https://apple.co/booksmissingpages
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

bam526 ,

Just tell the story

Starts out promising but veers into sensationalism when it tries to “expose” the publishing industry for its alleged crimes against social justice. Surely there’s another way to frame whatever lessons exist here, or at least deploy a more journalistic method to prove the host’s point? The Dan Mallory episode — which is about exploitation of facts — is a WILD example of thesis supporting evidence (rather than the other way around). Also — the scripts badly need an editor. I should have given it 2 stars, actually.

Ken-dar ,

Judgmental without any self reflection

The show frequently judges others for doing things for dubious reasons, while seeming completely oblivious that the show is 100% capitalizing on salacious gossip. Gossip is bitter when delivered in such a holier than thou frame.

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Fangirling over a plagiarist?

If you’re looking for an explanation for how 40 passages from Megan McCafferty’s “Sloppy Firsts” ended up in Kaavya Viswanathan’s “Opal Mehta” well…you aren’t going to get an answer here.

I agree with other reviewers who found this first interview with Viswanathan in 15 years extremely disappointing and not at all illuminating. If Viswanathan didn’t intentionally plagiarize, then who did? “I guess we’ll never know the truth,” Patrick says. And why not? PATRICK DIDN’T ASK. At another point, someone says something to the effect of, “We’ll never know if someone at Alloy gave McCafferty’s books to Viswanathan.” Again, we’ll never know because PATRICK DIDN’T ASK. Patrick praises KV for her candor, but it seemed clear to this listener that Viswanathan the lawyer definitely set some ground rules that the most important questions were the ones she wouldn’t answer.

Even worse for a respected critic and reviewer like Patrick? Her reluctance to call the large scale theft of another author’s work what it was--plagiarism. Not "alleged." Plagiarism. And contrary to the "bombshell" in the interview, Harvard's internal investigation was about Kaavya’s *academic* work while a student. It did not absolve her from the plagiarism in Opal Mehta because that was outside Harvard's purview. (Another investigation went into articles she wrote for a local newspaper, which also found no plagiarism.)

Viswanathan talks about “incentives” in publishing. The incentives here are clear. Patrick got a “scoop” and Viswanathan got to take the first step in her redemption tour—one that will culminate with the inevitable press cycle for the publication of her literary adult novel in progress.

I expected better from Patrick, a respected book critic and interviewer. I will not be listening to any future episodes.

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