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Posts Tagged ‘Oprah’s Book Club’

Should Tyra Banks Review Books in a Post-Oprah World?

Plenty of celebrities–from Kristen Bell to Elizabeth Banks–have tweeted about Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy. But, not all of them have their very own talk show. That’s what sets Tyra Banks apart from all the rest. You can read Banks’ Twitter book review in the image embedded above: “Soooooo good!!!”

Shelf Life poked fun at the review: “That is especially impressive, since six o’s and three exclamation points is the highest possible score in Tyra’s rating system. (By comparison, she thought Twilight was ‘Soooo good!!’ and she broke with critical consensus by only giving the new Franzen a tepid ‘Soo good!’)”

Oprah Winfrey chose Jonathan Franzen‘s Freedom as this year’s book club pick. Could Banks review books in a post-Oprah world?  Some feel that with or without Oprah, publishing will go on.

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Author Pretends to Be On Oprah, Gets Called On It

To ask what self-published author and Cape Cod official Bill Schneider was thinking when he claimed that his novel CROSSED PATHS had been chosen by Oprah’s Book Club when such a claim is easily checkable and refutable is, of course, perfectly valid. But as Cape Cod Times’s Mary Ann Bragg reports, the hoax is even stranger: Schneider went so far as to post a five-page “transcript” between him and Oprah (if you go to his site, it’s been removed, but Bragg’s story preserves it for posterity) that includes commercial breaks, cutting instructions and lots about Oprah’s invented love of a book by a “friend” of hers. More at the Weekly Dig (from where we stole the above image) which first called bullshit on the whole thing.

Schneider admitted yesterday that his claims about Winfrey were false. “I acknowledge an error in judgment, in my attempt to memorialize (in my book) someone very special who didn’t get a chance to finish his life,” Schneider said. “He is misrepresenting himself and he has no relationship with Oprah’s Book Club,” the spokeswoman for Harpo, Inc., a privately held multimedia entertainment company owned by Oprah Winfrey, said. As for Schneider, he’s still claiming CROSSED PATHS will be made into a movie, and he has his defenders. “There’s not any conflict that I’m aware of with Bill’s personal web site and the town,” Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn said. “His employment is not affected.”

Oprah Picks Eugenides

PW Daily’s Charlotte Abbott reports that the latest selection of Oprah’s Book Club is MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides. Word that this novel would be Oprah’s next pick trickled out last weekend, as hundreds of booksellers gathered at Book Expo America. Many received their shipments of the $15 paperback last month, and were warned by Picador not to open their cartons until after today’s official announcement on today’s show, which also features Cormac McCarthy‘s first television appearance.

Ron notes that we’re getting better at figuring Oprah out; remember our mid-May speculation?

“So that takes us back to the $15 Picador paperbacks, among which we’ve got Trance (strong possibilities), I Am Charlotte Simmons (heaven help us), Middlesex (left-field, but these days that’d be par for Oprah’s course), The Red Tent (actually $14.95, but perfect for the original book club), and The Corrections (I’m just saying!).”

No wonder they started getting panicky in Chicago when one of those authors took himself out of the running… That isn’t to say we can’t improve; even with the answer staring him in the face, Ron still believed it was going to be Marilynne Robinson‘s Gilead.