Oprah Winfrey’s next book club pick: Cynthia Bond’s ‘Ruby”


NEW YORK — From the very first sentence, Oprah Winfrey loved what became her latest book club pick.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so good I have to wait until I actually have the time to absorb the language,”‘ said Winfrey, during a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press, of Cynthia Bond’s novel “Ruby.”

Winfrey’s choice, coming out in paperback Tuesday and announced to the AP, is a debut novel published last year to positive reviews and moderate sales. Bond’s publisher, Hogarth, understandably expects that to change and has commissioned a paperback printing of 250,000 copies. The hardcover currently has 20,000 copies in print, according to Hogarth, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and is available as an e-book. As with Winfrey’s three previous picks since relaunching her club as “Oprah’s Book Club 2.0” in 2012, she will focus on online promotion, through her own website and through Twitter, Instagram and other social media.

By late Tuesday afternoon, “Ruby” was in the top 50 on Amazon.com and in the top 10 on Barnes & Noble.com.

Winfrey also has acquired film and television rights for the novel through her Harpo Films. Her interview with Bond will appear in the March issue of “O” magazine, which comes out Feb. 17.

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