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Winfrey picks ‘Love Music of W.E.B. Du Bois’ for ebook club | Lifestyles

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the year’s most anticipated debut novels, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ “The Appreciate Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” is now an Oprah Winfrey guide club decide.

Released Tuesday, Jeffers’ novel traces generations of Black historical past as a result of a loved ones in the American South and its modern narrator, younger Ailey Paul Garfield. “The Love Tracks of W.E.B. Du Bois,” named for the canonical Black scholar and activist, has been given progress praise from Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson and Stephanie Powell Watts among the other individuals.

“I was so enraptured by the tale of this modern day Black family members, and how author Honorée Fanonne Jeffers wove the larger sized material of historical trauma by the family’s silence via generations,” Winfrey stated in a statement. “It’s a blend of historical and modern and it consumed me. I appear ahead to speaking about with our neighborhood of readers and speaking with Honorée herself to focus on the themes that run during this unique novel.”

Jeffers, 54, is already an acclaimed poet whose “The Age of Phillis” was on the extended list in 2020 for a Nationwide Book Award. A professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, she has championed the tales and achievements of Black ladies, which include Winfrey.

“I very first encountered the elegance, brilliance, and empathy of Ms. Oprah Winfrey from afar, by viewing her speak clearly show on my television in the 1980′s,” Jeffers said in a statement. “She made me imagine that so numerous great items ended up possible for a younger, African American lady like me. That I could do anything at all if I just set my hands, thoughts, and spirit to the process. As a creative author, it was my solution dream that I would one working day create a ebook that this ‘phenomenal woman’ — to quotation from the excellent poet, Dr. Maya Angelou — would read through, enjoy, and current to the customers of her e book club.”

Winfrey founded her ebook club in 1996 and has partnered with Apple considering the fact that 2019. Her interview with Jeffers will air Sept. 24 on Apple Television+.

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