African Author Uwem Akpan’s book is Oprah’s book club pick, Sept2009

Just in case you ‘don’t read books’ / you haven’t heard about Oprah Winfrey’s book club, here is info:

Oprah’s Book Club is a book discussion club segment of the American talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, highlighting books chosen by host Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey started the book club in 1996, selecting a new novel for viewers to read and discuss each month. Because of the book club’s wide popularity, many obscure titles have become very popular bestsellers, increasing sales in some cases by as many as several million copies; this occurrence is widely known as the Oprah effect. Books such as The Deep End of the Ocean, House of Sand and Fog, The Road and The Reader gained so much success after being selected that they were adapted into films. Source: click here


Her most recent book pick is by an African Author by the name: Uwem Akpan.



A mysterious cardboard box arrived Thursday morning at D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. It was labeled: “Oprah’s Book Club Selection #63. Do not open until September 18.” Politics and Prose co-owner Carla Cohen had no idea what #63 would turn out to be, but she had ordered 40 copies anyway. It was Oprah, after all.

The book turns out to be Uwem Akpan’s “Say You’re One of Them,” according to information unintentionally leaked Thursday from a book distribution company. The 2008 short-story collection, recently released in paperback by Little, Brown, is the first book from Akpan, a Nigerian-born Jesuit priest who teaches in Zimbabwe. And it’s the first time Oprah Winfrey has selected a volume of short fiction.

Winfrey’s picks are hush-hush in a big-time, spy-level way. Execs at book companies sign affidavits affirming they won’t breathe a word about the chosen title, and publishing companies send off the books in discreet boxes tagged with fake ISBN numbers.

Full story: click here

This should not be “as the saying goes”, but the thing is when Oprah picks your book, you suddenly become famous, – as in your name is now the 2nd most popular Yahoo search item.



Congratulations, Father Uwem. More ink to your pen.

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