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Despite what you may have heard, Oprah's father is not writing a tell-all about his world-famous daughter's wild childhood. That's what Vernon Winfrey, who still runs a Nashville barbershop, told TV Guide in an exclusive interview. "There is no book," he says, denying reports that he's been peddling a memoir titled Things Unspoken. "We might think about it later on," he went on to say. If he does decide to do it "later," Vernon's not sure if he'd want to collaborate with Oprah, whose book-club efforts have helped sell millions of copies of the works featured on her show. "Well, I don't know," says Vernon. "We have to decide." Though the media mogul/philanthropist has said she has a good relationship with her dad and talks to him all the time, she was apparently totally surprised by the rumored memoir. So did she talk to him about possibly not doing the book? "No," Vernon insists. "It's just on hold right now, OK?" OK. - Ileane Rudolph