OWNing Books

As we noted earlier, Oprah will be announcing the next title for her book club on Monday.

Obviously, the book club and Oprah’s show in general, have been very, very good for the publishing industry. Will she continue to promote books on her cable network, OWN, scheduled to debut on New Years Day? It has been rumored that she will take the book club to OWN, but nothing is official so far.

The announced OWN programming is what you might expect, drawing heavily on Oprah protégés — Peter Wash, Dr. Laura Berman, Lisa Ling and best buddy Gayle King, plus reruns of Dr. Phil. There are signs that Oprah is not happy with that lineup; today, The New York Post reports that she is bringing in a new head of programming (an Oprah spokesperson denies the story).

The only announced book-related fare is a series, The Miracle Detectives, co-hosted by Randall Sullivan and inspired by his book, The Miracle Detective (singular), about his own investigations into claims of miracles. It is scheduled to premier on Wednesday, January 5th at 10pm. In a bit of synergy, Randall is scheduled to appear on the Oprah Show on December 30th.

The Miracle Detective
Randall Sullivan
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 450 pages
Publisher: Grove Press – (2005-03-10)
ISBN / EAN: 0802141951 / 9780802141958

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