Posted on May 10, 2022

Novelist’s Online Mea Culpa About Plagiarizing Her First Book Pulled – for Even More Plagiarism

Harper Lambert, The Wrap, May 9, 2022

Jumi Bello’s essay about why she had plagiarized parts of her debut novel, which had been scheduled to come out later this year, was taken down Monday after the online piece was discovered to also contain plagiarism.

The online magazine Literary Hub had published the essay, titled “I Plagiarized Parts of My Debut Novel. Here’s Why,” on Monday morning. Hours later, editors decided to pull the piece after several social media users pointed out similarities between Bello’s writing and other materials, top editor Jonny Diamond told the AP.

According to Diamond, the plagiarized sections lifted from sources detailing the history of plagiarism.


{snip} “The Leaving” is described as being about a young Black woman who tries to come to terms with her complicated past when she unexpectedly becomes pregnant.