The metadata posted last month made Uwem Akpan’s SAY YOU’RE ONE OF THEM the odds-on favorite as Oprah Winfrey’s new book club selection (a Little, Brown book, available in 14.99 paperback and 23.99 hardcover editions). The Washington Post confirmed it yesterday, saying that additional information was accidentally leaked. The first version of the story named Ingram as the leaker; the version in today’s paper simply blames a “book distribution company.”
Oprah Winfrey Show spokesperson Angela DePaul told the Post, “We don’t comment on advance speculation. Oprah announces her book club selections on her show and shares her reasons for choosing the books at that time.”
Interestingly, Amazon’s “Oprah #63” pre-order pages did not offer the option of pre-ordering a Kindle edition–but Akpan’s book is available in that format (this morning it was No. 314 in the Kindle Store.) The colleciton won the 2009 PEN/Beyond Margins Award.