Updated: January 10, 2013 6:22AM
Oprah picks author’s debut novel for her 2.0 book club
Winfrey announced this week that she has chosen Ayana Mathis’ debut novel, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” for her 2.0 book club. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf moved up publication from early next year to this week, and an author interview will be aired Feb. 3 on the “Super Soul Sunday” program on Winfrey’s OWN network. “Twelve Tribes” is the story of a teenager’s journey from Mississippi to Philadelphia in the 1920s and the large family she ends up raising. “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”
Dick Cheney working on book about heart treatment
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the world’s most prominent heart patients, is working on a book about his many battles with coronary disease and the revolutionary changes in treatment that helped keep him alive. The 71-year-old Cheney is collaborating with his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, and with his daughter, Liz Cheney. Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Monday that the book is scheduled for next fall. It is currently untitled. “It explains and talks about all the developments in cardiology by going through my own case,” the former vice president said. “I’m alive today because of the tremendous advances that have been made.” Financial terms were not disclosed, although Scribner says a portion of proceeds will be donated to charity.