The Queen of the book club is back! A woman so influential that the mere endorsement of an author could send them into the literary stratosphere, Oprah Winfrey has been picking winners since 1996.


There’s even a name for her power as a tastemaker: The Oprah Effect. With estimated total sales of the "Oprah editions" more than 55 million copies, there’s no arguing with the numbers. Oprah’s picks mean something to people.


Now, nearly four years since the club ended its 15-year run, along with the Oprah Winfrey Show, “O” has another pick. Just two month since Mark Zuckerberg jumped on the book club bandwagon himself with “A Year of Books”—Oprah has returned to announce the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.


The Pick

Meet Cynthia Bond. An actress by trade, Bond has been teaching writing to homeless and at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles for more than fifteen years. A writer whose “unflinching yet lyrical prose” O Magazine recently compared to Toni Morrison, Bond might just have penned the breakout novel of the year with Ruby, a period drama set in rural Texas.


Ruby tells the epic story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.


Want to stay ahead of the literary curve this winter? Ruby is a definitely a must-read.


The Oprah Book List - 15 Years of Literary Hits

Over the past decade and a half, Oprah has plucked countless novels from obscurity, turning them into bestsellers with her considerable reach. Here are some of the highlights from 15 years of Oprah’s picks: 5 of our favourites.


  1. Cheryl Strayed, Wild
  2. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
  3. Cormac McCarthy, The Road
  4. Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees
  5. Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance