Oprah’s latest book club pick is finally here.
On Monday, the media mogul stopped by “CBS This Morning” to unveil Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer as first selection for her “Oprah’s Book Club” series, which will premiere on Apple TV+ on Nov. 1.
The book is the first fiction novel by Coates, who previously wrote the bestselling non-fiction books Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power. It tells the story of a young boy born into slavery on a plantation in the American South.
“It is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life,” Winfrey said. “Right up there in the top 5.”
Winfrey talked about her new show in a statement, saying, “I am who I am today because of the experience of learning to read at an early age. Reading opened up a whole world for me beyond the red dirt road and my grandmother’s porch in Mississippi.”
On working with Apple, she added, “I want to do that for everybody. And the opportunity to do this with Apple, to speak to people all over the world about the pleasures, the excitement, the tension, the drama that a good book can bring you … I don’t know what’s better than that.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook praised Winfrey: “Few people in the world can bring us together like Oprah, whose compassion and grace celebrating the power of books are unmatched.”