BY Staff Reports
Sunday, January 27, 2013
1/27/13 at 2:58 AM
Author Lou Dean will be at Steve's Sundry, Books and Magazines, 2612 S. Harvard Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of his book, "The Boys from the Bushes."
Dean's book chronicles a time before legalized gambling in Oklahoma, when the Oklahoma Bush Track Circuit provided young riders the chance to race and have a career as jockies.
Dean shares the stories of 30 individuals, both men and woman, whose dedication to the sport of horse racing began on Oklahoma's bush tracks.
Self-published star Colleen Hoover has signed with Atria Books for her latest best-seller, "Hopeless."
Hoover's agent, Jane Dystel, said that Atria will publish the print version of "Hopeless," while the author will continue to control the electronic version. As of midday Tuesday, Hoover's erotic romance was ranked No. 2 on Amazon.com's list of top-selling e-books.
Hoover's "Slammed" and "Point of Retreat" also were originally self-published, then acquired by Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint.
Lance Armstrong, who admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs to win a record seven Tour de France titles, was accused by two California book buyers of selling fiction as autobiography.
Rob Stutzman, a former communications adviser for Arnold Schwarzenegger, said in a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Sacramento that he wouldn't have bought "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life" had he known the truth about Armstrong's misconduct and involvement with doping.
In the 2000 book and the 2003 follow-up, "Every Second Counts," Armstrong denied ever having used banned substances and attributed his successes to "superior physical training, proper diet and an extraordinary spirit and drive to succeed," Stutzman and co-plaintiff Jonathan Wheeler, a chef, said in the complaint.
Armstrong admitted to cheating in an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast last week.
Stutzman met Armstrong privately in 2005 and told him "It's Not About the Bike" was inspiring and that he had recommended the book to friends who were fighting cancer, according to the complaint.
The two plaintiffs seek to represent other California buyers of Armstrong's books to recover unspecified damages against Armstrong and Penguin Group (USA) Inc., the publisher of "It's Not About the Bike," and against Random House Inc., the publisher of "Every Second Counts."
Stuart Applebaum, a spokesman for Random House in New York, declined to comment on the allegations. Erica Glass, a Penguin spokeswoman, didn't immediately return a call to her office.
Oprah Winfrey interviews Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner who was stripped of his titles because of doping. GEORGE BURNS/OWN