Big Developments for Spring Books from Amanda Knox and Ayana Mathis

Two big January titles I featured back in July—Amanda Knox’s Waiting To Be Heard (Harper: HarperCollins. 384p. ISBN 9780062217202. $28.99; eISBN 9780062237613. lrg. prnt.) and Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Knopf. 256p. ISBN 9780385350280. $24.95)—have undergone big changes. First, Knox’s memoir of her trial, conviction, and eventual exoneration in the killing of British roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy has been definitively rescheduled for April and finally has a title. The first printing remains 750,000 copies. Second, Mathis’s debut novel about a woman who comes north in the Great Migration was named the second selection of Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, and publication has been pushed up to December 2012. Note that the ISBN listed above is new, too, the old one having been retired in light of the Oprah blessing.

An exclusive interview with Winfrey and Mathis will simulcast Sunday, February 3, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN’s Emmy® Award-winning series Super Soul Sunday on and OWN’s Facebook page and on Oprah Radio’s “Oprah’s Soul Series” (Sirius 204, XM 111). Meanwhile, readers can check out material on the Book Club hub, webisodes on, and what promises to be an endless stream of reader tweets (#OprahsBookClub), Facebook posts, and Instagram photos. Also, look for the special Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 digital edition of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, with exclusive content that includes a reader’s guide and Winfrey’s notes on her favorite passages. And check out the January issue of O, The Oprah Magazine for Winfrey’s chat with Mathis. That’s enough to keep you busy all month.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.