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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: James Frey to appear on 'Oprah'

James Frey to appear on ‘Oprah’

CHICAGO — James Frey will appear again on ‘‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’’ more than five years after the talk show queen accused him on live television of lying in one of his books.

Harpo Productions confirmed Tuesday the author would appear on an episode to air in May. Frey’s latest book, ‘‘The Final Testament of the Holy Bible,’’ will be released this month.

Winfrey chose Frey’s substance abuse story “A Million Little Pieces,” for her book club in September 2005, making it a million seller.

But Frey acknowledged on Winfrey’s show in January 2006 that he had lied in the book. A sometimes angry and tearful Winfrey told him she felt duped and that he had betrayed millions of readers.

HBO mulls ‘Goon Squad’ for TV show

n NEW YORK — HBO is interested in turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “A Visit from the Goon Squad” into a television series.

The network said on Thursday that it had a development deal with the book’s author, Jennifer Egan. Such deals are first steps in making TV series, but not every project in development makes it on to TV.

Egan’s novel about the passage of time won the Pulitzer for best fiction Monday. It talks about how technology has changed the way people live and communicate. Its main characters are a punk rocker who grows up to become an influential record producer and his assistant.

Robert Redford opposed to Alaska mine

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Call it the fight between the mega-mine and the mega-star.

Hollywood star Robert Redford is speaking out against the Pebble Mine, a huge copper and gold deposit poised for development in southwest Alaska, which also hosts the world’s last and best wild salmon streams.

Redford posted a blog entry Thursday morning on the Huffington Post website that says he’s not against mining but is against “putting mega-mines where they don’t belong.”

Redford describes Pebble as a disaster-in-the making. But the mining companies maintain they can develop the mine responsibly and without harming fish.