June 1st, 2012 / 7:32 pm
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Oprah’s Book Club Two Point Oh

This afternoon, Oprah announced she was reviving her book club as Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Her first selection is Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. What does this mean for most writers? Absolutely nothing! You can, though, resume your fantasies about being selected for the book club or line up your complaints about what Oprah is doing wrong and that’s pretty exciting.

Regardless, it’s great to see Oprah once again bringing attention to books. Hopefully, this time around, she’ll be more diverse in the titles she picks.


  1. Matthew Simmons

      Interesting that what this seems to be is a more ereader friendly version of the book club. Imagine the ramifications for the industry if this had been, say, Kindle-centric.

  2. Matthew Simmons

      Also, Cheryl Strayed seems really hard to dislike. Supportive of younger writers—like the wonderful Chloe Caldwell—hard-working, talented. Good for her.

  3. postitbreakup

      i know this is shameful, not something i should admit, but oprah got me to read steinbeck for the first time

  4. Roxane

      There’s no shame in that. We come to books when we come to them, however we come to them. Lots and lots of people are, for better or worse, introduced to all manner of books, by way of Oprah. I tend to think it’s for better no matter how flawed her approach might be at times.

  5. Roxane

      I agree. You can’t help but want to cheer her success. I certainly can’t help it.

  6. Richard Grayson

      Oprah is great.  Like HTML Giant, she has championed cool young poets.  Remember Mattie J.T. Stepanek?

  7. Matthew Simmons

      Now THERE is some New Sincerity for you.

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  9. J Lorene Sun

      I think it will be interesting to see how this progresses in terms of author and reader correspondence.