Next Oprah Book Club Pick

The drumbeats are increasing for Oprah’s next pick, to be announced a week from Friday — the AP has a story today.

We began speculating several weeks ago, when Jeffrey Gegner, Popular Materials Specialist at Hennepin County spotted a blind listing on both B&T and Ingram for “Oprah Book Club #62,” a HarperCollins title with a price of $25.95 in hardcover, also available in large type. No paperback version was listed, indicating it’s a new title.

Jeffrey noted that The Story of Edgar Sawtelle fits all the clues — published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, priced at $25.95 and not yet available in paperback.

My guess was Brida by Paul Coelho. I thought a novel about a spiritual quest would appeal to Oprah. It’s also from HarperCollins, in hardcover and large type, but I overlooked the fact that it’s priced at a dollar less than “Oprah Book Club #62.”

Two other excellent guesses from our readers, The Lace Reader and The Art of Racing in the Rain, are also a dollar cheaper than #62.

The MediaBistro book publishing blog, GalleyCat got into the game this week. Checking on B&N, GC says it appears the title will be available in trade paper next week. That makes sense, since Oprah has stuck to titles available in paperback for the Club.

GalleyCat’s original prediction was Edward P. Jones’s short story collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, Right hardcover price, right publisher, but it turns out that it’s already available in trade paper. Another thought is the forthcoming title by an early and very popular Oprah Book Club author, Wally Lamb. The Hour I First Believed is not due until until November and is four dollars more than #62, but GC notes, a publisher would surely be willing to change both if they could for an Oprah pick (but, damn, that kind of thinking renders all clues useless!)

But a wise GalleyCat reader suggests it’s Edgar Sawtelle.

Jeffrey, I have the feeling you nailed this one.

One Response to “Next Oprah Book Club Pick”

  1. Ron Hogan Says:

    One quick clarification: That trade paper thing? I’m pretty sure now that I was just misreading the catalog information for the large print edition. That, and other clues, lead me to believe Jeffrey is right and that we’re looking at Edgar Sawtelle.