Are publishers responsible for authors’ fabrications?

David Mehegan, writer at the Boston Globe Asks How much responsibility do publishers have to ensure that the memoirs they publish are accurate? The continuing success of ”A Million Little Pieces” — it is No. 1 again on Sunday’s New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list — also raises the question of why people are so easily deceived when a story meets their longing for a tale of redemption.

Some publishers dispute Winfrey’s statement that when publishers consider a memoir they should carry out the same fact-checking process expected of newspapers and magazines.