A spokeswoman for Winfrey said Leila Mottley is the youngest author ever selected to Oprah’s Book Club, founded in 1996.
NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey has picked up 19-year-old Leila Mottley’s “Nightcrawling,” the debut novel about a young black woman from East Oakland and her battles with poverty, racism, and the police. , to select the next book club.
A Winfrey spokesperson said Mottley is the youngest author ever selected to Oprah’s Book Club, which was founded in 1996.
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“I am delighted to introduce readers to these new authors, and this young poet Leila Mottley has written a soul-searching portrait of survival and hope,” Winfrey said in a statement today. Tuesday.
Mottley, born and raised in Oakland, was a 2018 young poet of the city winner. Her book was published Tuesday and has been praised by James McBride and Tommy Orange among others. Kirkus Reviews calls “Nightcrawling” a “lovely and poetic” evocative of a “underclass and disposable women just trying to survive”.
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Mottley said in a statement that she was “totally appreciative when Ms Winfrey showed up” in what she thought was a casual publishing meeting.
“It’s the surprise in life!” She added.
Winfrey will be speaking with Mottley on June 30 for an interactive book club event on OprahDaily.com. Since starting her book club, Winfrey has frequently alternated between established authors like Toni Morrison and Richard Powers and first-time authors like Mottley, Imbolo Mbue and Cynthia Bond.
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https://www.fox43.com/article/news/nation-world/winfrey-picks-nightcrawling-for-book-club/507-de1c3333-59c7-45d5-b22b-f845efa5e0d7 ‘Nightcrawling:’ Leila Mottley novel is Oprah’s book club pick