Friday, September 23, 2005

Do you remember that open letter to Oprah?

Do you remember that open letter to Oprah signed by more than 100 writers last year?

Well, apparently, it made an impression. This year Oprah will "open the door to all books as potential Oprah's Book Club selections," she said Thursday. "I feel this will give the book club a whole new range of opportunities to explore the world through words."

Last spring, more than 100 writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Jane Smiley and Jhumpa Lahiri, wrote an open letter to Winfrey that urged her to "consider focusing, once again, on contemporary writers" and suggested that her abandonment of newer works was hurting sales.

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