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Oprah Winfrey to Narrate 'What I Know For Sure' Audiobook

Today, Macmillan Audio announced that Oprah Winfrey will narrate the audiobook for her forthcoming book What I Know For Sure. 

What I Know For Sure, due out Sept. 2, is a collection of columns Winfrey has written in O, The Oprah Magazine, and shares its name with Winfrey’s column. This is the first time that her columns have been revised updated and collected. For the past 14 years, Winfrey has written one column each month and has used the experience as an opportunity to “take stock of her life.” She was inspired to write the column after film critic Gene Siskel posed her the question, “What do you know for sure?” READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Oprah unveils latest book club pick; more than 500 authors lobby UN over international bill of digital rights

We’ve got plenty of book news for today: Oprah chose a new title for her book club, award-winning authors around the world are protesting state surveillance, and more book deals have been announced. (A sports item even made its way into this morning’s headlines.) Read on for more:

Oprah Winfrey has announced a new Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 pick: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, about two women on a quest for freedom. “The moment I finished The Invention of Wings, I knew this had to be the next Book Club selection,” Winfrey said in the press release. “These strong female character represent the women that have shaped our history and, through Sue’s imaginative storytelling, give us a new perspective on slavery, injustice and the search for freedom.”

More than 500 authors — including Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Tom Stoppard, and Margaret Atwood — are lobbying the United Nations over an international bill of digital rights, releasing a joint statement protesting state surveillance. “A person under surveillance is on longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy,” they wrote. “WE DEMAND THE RIGHT for all people to determine, as democratic citizens, to what extent their personal data may be legally collected, stored and processed, and by whom.” [The Guardian]

Parks/MacDonald Productions has won the movie and TV rights to the book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, written by ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainuru. PBS Frontline produced a documentary earlier this year on the investigation over football-related injuries based on the book. [Variety]

Actor Terry Crews has inked a deal for his first book Manhood with Ballantine Bantam Dell to be published May 2014. According to the press release, the book will cover Crews’ life and 25-year marriage, “including straight-talking advice for men and the women who love them.”

The winners of 2013’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize, honoring children’s books, have been announced, with Jim Smith’s I Am Still Not a Loser taking the prize in the 7-14 category, and Simon Rickerty’s Monkey Nut winning for ages six and under. [The Telegraph]

The world’s oldest romance novelist, Ida Pollock, has died at the age of 105. Pollock’s daughter said the writer, who authored more than 120 books, died Dec. 3 at a nursing home near her house in Lanreath, England. [USA Today]

Stephen King joined Twitter Friday. “My first tweet,” he posted. “No longer a virgin. Be gentle!” [Twitter]

Charles McGrath discussed what it’s like to judge the National Book Awards. [The New York Times]

Instead of delivering the traditional Nobel Lecture in Literature speech, 2013 winner Alice Munro released a video interview. []

You’ve seen our lists for best fiction and non-fiction; now check out other critics’ picks. Did USA Today‘s Jocelyn McClurg and Bob Minzesheimer select your favorites from 2013? [USA Today]

Oprah and Ayana Mathis talk 'Twelve Tribes of Hattie' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

For those of you who love books, Oprah, and football (marry me?), maybe you should start your Super Bowl party early this year.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, as part of Super Soul Sunday on OWN, Oprah Winfrey is sitting down with 39-year-old debut novelist Ayana Mathis to discuss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Oprah’s selection of Hattie for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 put Mathis on the map in a big way. The novel has drawn comparisons to the work of Toni Morrison, and it has shot to the Top 20 Fiction best-sellers list. Check out a clip below to see Mathis talk about the awesomeness and pressure of being an Oprah’s Book Club pick: READ FULL STORY

Oprah's next Book Club selection is...


Oprah Winfrey rebooted the much-coveted Oprah’s Book Club earlier this year, proving that she didn’t need her network talk show to create a huge impact on the publishing business. Her endorsement of Wild by Cheryl Strayed helped the memoir skyrocket to No. 1 in Hardcover Nonfiction.

Today, Winfrey went back to her love of novels by announcing her newest selection, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by debut author Ayana Mathis, the release date for which as been moved up to tomorrow, Dec. 6. Winfrey doled high praise on the novel: “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away,” she said. “I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.” (I’ve read the opening pages, too, and they are indeed breathtaking).

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie follows one family over 60 years through the Great Migration, centering on Hattie Shepherd, a mother of nine children.

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Cheryl Strayed talks ‘Wild,’ ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ Oprah, and ‘Dear Sugar’
Oprah Winfrey sits down with ‘Wild’ author Cheryl Strayed — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Cheryl Strayed talks 'Wild,' 'Tiny Beautiful Things,' Oprah, and 'Dear Sugar'

When Cheryl Strayed initially set out to write about the three-month hike on the unforgiving Pacific Coast Trail that she took at the age of 26, she expected it to be a long essay. It turned into a memoir, Wild, somewhat on accident, and now it’s an Oprah’s Book Club pick, sitting at No. 1 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list.

Before Wild became a major best-seller, Strayed was an accomplished essayist and novelist (2006’s Torch), and she already had a large, passionate reader following in “Dear Sugar,” the terrific, at times brutally honest advice column she’s been writing for since March 2010. She wrote as Sugar anonymously until she outed herself in February of this year. Vintage has released Tiny Beautiful Things, a paperback collection of her advice columns, some of which haven’t been published before.

Very much in demand these days, Strayed has been traveling the country talking to fans of both her new books. She took a moment to talk about Oprah, Wild, and Tiny Beautiful Things. She also has some helpful advice to all the aspiring writers out there. READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey sits down with 'Wild' author Cheryl Strayed -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last month, Oprah Winfrey resurrected her defunct Book Club specifically for Wild, a terrific memoir by Cheryl Strayed. In an in-depth, two-hour interview airing this Sunday at 11 a.m., Strayed will be discussing Wild and the events that led her to hike the harrowing Pacific Coast Trail alone at the age of 26.

While the book details her grueling physical journey on the trail, it’s really about loss — how the death of her mother emotionally gutted Strayed, and how she set out to mend the broken pieces of her life.

In the exclusive clip below, Strayed discusses the difficulty of writing about her mother without romanticizing her. Catch the full interview July 22 on OWN as part of “Super Soul Sunday.” READ FULL STORY

Oprah's Book Club returns in a new, updated form

Since the end of her iconic daytime talk show last year, Oprah Winfrey’s sway in terms of TV ratings may have diminished, but it remains to be seen whether her influence on the publishing world is still intact. After a two-year hiatus, the popular Oprah’s Book Club is returning — no doubt to the relief of publishers, publicists, and booksellers everywhere. Winfrey’s first pick is Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which EW’s Melissa Maerz gave an “A” grade, calling it “a rich, riveting true story about a woman who has bottomed out emotionally and decides to do something wildly out of character — hike the Pacific Crest Trail — to get her life back on track.” READ FULL STORY

Borders employees list grievances: 'Ode to a bookstore death'

Yet another artifact from the slow, painful death of Borders has emerged. A fascinating look inside a (justifiably) angry bookseller’s mind, this manifesto of sorts, “Things We Never Told You: Ode to a bookstore death” informs us of what those helpful Borders folks had to put up with. (I have to admit — seeing the list, I realize I’ve been a bad customer in the past.) Hopefully, we’ll learn from our mistakes and treat the Barnes & Noble people better. The statements from the list are re-printed below — which ones do you agree with? READ FULL STORY

Oprah and Franzen finally meet: A little awkward, but don't worry, everything's good

frazen-oprahImage Credit: APNine years after a media storm erupted over comments Jonathan Franzen made in relation to his novel’s inclusion in Oprah’s Book Club, the Queen of All Media invited the author to her show today to discuss his new book, Freedom, as well as the kerfuffle now safely in their rearview mirror. You could have subtitled their discussion The Corrections; both Oprah and Franzen appeared eager to set the record straight about the sorta-feud. The two were a little tense during the minutes dedicated to going over that period in their shared history, with a commendably not-quite-contrite Franzen citing his unpreparedness with the soundbite-obsessed, controversy-hungry television media cycle as part of the reason why this particular molehill was turned into a mountain. “It was probably the big thing I learned from the experience, which was to have more respect for television,” he told Oprah. When asked about the impression of him as a “snob” he replied that he isn’t one at all, but rather a “Midwestern egalitarian.” Although, I’m not quite sure whether using the phrase “Midwestern egalitarian” actually helps or hurts him on this point.

Things were a little less awkward when they discussed the present day, hitting topics like Franzen’s 20-minute conversation with President Obama and his solitary writing process. For her part, Oprah was effusive in praising Freedom. What do you think, Shelf-Lifers? Happy to see the reconciliation, even nine years after the fact?

What the Dickens? Oprah chooses 'A Tale of Two Cities' and 'Great Expectations' as her next Book Club picks

oprah-dickensImage Credit: Daniel Boczarski/; London Stereoscopic Company/Getty ImagesAfter the amends-making choice of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Oprah Winfrey has settled on another author whose work consists largely of social novels with extensive casts of characters. Only this one died 140 years ago. Two classic novels by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, will be receiving the coveted Oprah’s Book Club sticker, so if you only pretended to read them in high school English class, now is your chance to read them for real. Oprah will announce the selection during today’s show, which also features her reunion with Franzen following their 2001 Book Club-related falling-out.

This isn’t the first time Oprah has gone with a tried-and-true classic over a new release: Previous selected titles include Anna Karenina, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and East of Eden. The two novels are being released together in a special paperback edition by Penguin, but they are also available very cheaply in e-book format. But the question is: Was this the best of picks, or was it the worst of picks? Are you excited to (re-)read Dickens’ novels, or are you afraid they’ll be as stale as Miss Havisham’s wedding cake?

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