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Winfrey announces new book club pick

Winfrey announces new book club pick

December 10th, 2013 in News

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's something to pre-order for the holidays: Oprah Winfrey's new book club pick.

Winfrey has chosen Sue Monk Kidd's "The Invention of Wings," coming out Jan. 7. An interview with Kidd will appear in the upcoming edition of "O: The Oprah Magazine," which arrives Dec. 17. A conversation with Kidd will air next year at a date to be determined on the talk-show host's Super Soul Sunday, on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network).

Kidd's novel, a 19th-century narrative featuring real and fictional characters, weaves together the stories of a slave girl and a slave owner's daughter. Like Kidd's million-selling "The Secret Life of Bees," the book is set in South Carolina, where the 65-year-old author lived for many years.

"The moment I finished "The Invention of Wings,' I knew this had to be the next book club selection," Winfrey said in a statement released Tuesday. "These strong female characters 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."

"I'm thrilled and honored that Oprah Winfrey chose my novel as her new book club selection," Kidd, who now lives in Florida, said in a statement. "After researching and writing "The Invention of Wings' for the past four years, I can't tell you how exciting it is to launch the novel with Oprah's Book Club 2.0."

Winfrey founded her book club in 1996 and quickly established herself as a reliable hit maker, whether choosing debut works such as Lalita Tademy's "Cane River" or old favorites such as John Steinbeck's "East of Eden." She suspended her club in 2011, after ending her syndicated program, but relaunched it in 2012 as Oprah's Book Club 2.0, with a stronger emphasis on digital technology.

"The Invention of Wings" is Winfrey's third choice for the 2.0 club, and her first since selecting Ayana Mathis' "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" almost exactly a year ago. She had been expected to make picks more frequently, but she also seeks the "perfect fit," according to the books editor for "O," Leigh Haber.