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Maya Angelou Honored by Michelle Obama, Oprah & Bill Clinton

Over the weekend, friends and family gathered at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. to honor the author and poet Maya Angelou, who passed away in May.

Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama were among the featured speakers at the event. We’ve embedded the video for you to watch.

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Oprah Winfrey Will Narrate Her New Audiobook

whatiknowforsureOprah Winfrey will narrate her upcoming audiobook What I Know For Sure.

The  audiobook from from Macmillan Audio is based on the column in O, The Oprah Magazine which spawned from an interview with  film critic Gene Siskel, who asked her, “What do you know for sure?” The book is a collection of her best reflections from this column which have been edited and revised for the book.

“We are thrilled that Oprah Winfrey will be reading her audiobook,” stated Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher at Macmillan Audio. “Throughout her career, Oprah has created unparalleled connections with millions of people. Listeners to the audiobook will appreciate hearing the thoughtful insights shared in this book in Oprah’s own voice. It is sure to be one of the most powerful and sought after audiobooks of the year.”

The audiobook goes on sale on September 2nd.

BookExpo America Team Dances to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

What books make you happy?

The BookExpo America (BEA) team is “Happy (To Read).” The video embedded above showcases BEA staff members dancing with books to Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated song, “Happy.”

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Flatiron Books to Publish Oprah’s New Book in September

flatironFlatiron Books will publish Oprah Winfrey‘s new book What I Know For Sure in September. The book will be the first publication from Macmillan’s new non-fiction imprint Flatiron Books.

The book will include a collection of essays that Winfrey published over fourteen years in the O, The Oprah Magazine column “What I Know For Sure.”

The writing has been revised and updated for the new book. ”…the essays offer a rare, powerful, and intimate glimpse into Oprah’s inner life—her thoughts, struggles, and dreams—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves,” explains the press release. “Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.”

Oprah Winfrey Picks ‘The Invention of Wings’ For Book Club 2.0

OPR010114_002Oprah Winfrey revealed her third Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Published by Viking, the story of the book features “two unforgettable women, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.”

Follow this link to view a video with Winfrey’s announcement. In the press release, Winfrey explained that she chose this book because “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.”

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2013 Library Lions Unveiled

nyplThe New York Public Library has revealed the 2013 Library Lions.

The five honorees include New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, MacArthur Genius Junot Diaz, and noted essayist Marilynn Robinson. Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim. The Library Lions Gala for this year’s honorees will be held on November 4, 2013.

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Oprah Winfrey & Forest Whitaker Read on ‘The Butler’ Audiobook

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Emmy Award-winning talk show host Oprah Winfrey and Lincoln actor David Oyelowo will lend their voices to the audiobook edition of  The Butler: A Witness to History.

Atria Books’ 37 INK imprint will publish the print edition of Wil Haygood’s nonfiction book; a biography that profiles an African-American butler named Eugene Allen who was employed at the White House for 34 years.

The three actors will all star in adaptation of the novel, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels.

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Stephen Colbert Starts ‘cOlbert’s Book Club’ with ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert plans to launch “cOlbert’s Book Club.”

For the first installment of this humorous “rip off” of Oprah Winfrey‘s book club, Colbert plans to discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will be his first guests on Thursday, May 9th. The video embedded above contains the full announcement–what do you think?

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Kitty Kelley to Write Book About the Women of the U.S. Senate

Oprah Winfrey and Frank Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley has landed a book deal to write about the women of the U.S. Senate. Publication has been set for Spring 2016.

The book will look at the 113th Congress, but focus on the “divinely diverse and one-fifth female” U.S. Senate. WSK Management CEO Wayne Kabak negotiated the deal with publisher Jamie Raab. Raab will also edit the book.

Kelley explained in the release: “As a woman who cheers the accomplishments of other women on both sides of the aisle, I come to this project with a positive bias, and I am eager to learn if the combined talents and collegiality of women will make a difference in the way our laws are made and the country’s business is conducted. More importantly, through in-depth reporting I will try to answer the question that so many are asking: can the presence of women break the ugly gridlock now choking Congress?”

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Oprah Winfrey Picks The Twelve Tribes of Hattie as Her Book Club 2.0 Selection

Oprah Winfrey revealed her second Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Published by Knopf, the book “tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one indomitable heroine.”

Winfrey explained her choice: “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away … I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”

Winfrey will release an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 edition of the book. She will interview Mathis on Sunday, February 3 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN’s “Super Soul Sunday,” but the episode will air on Oprah.com and OWN’s Facebook page and on Oprah Radio’s “Oprah’s Soul Series” on Sirius radio.

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