Infamous literary scandal comes to life in Author: The JT LeRoy Story / by Ilana Spiegel

In the early aughts, JT LeRoy was the hippest fiction writer on the face of the planet — until it was revealed that the alleged ex-drug addict and onetime prostitute was himself a fiction, created by author Laura Albert.

This extraordinary, bizarre saga is now detailed in a new documentary, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, which features Albert, Terry Gross, Winona Ryder, and Courtney Love, among others. The film, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston), arrives in theaters Sept. 9.