On Wednesday, Flatiron Books announced that — yaaas kween — Oprah Winfrey named her publishing imprint, "An Oprah Book." The Macmillan division acquired rights to Winfrey's upcoming memoir, The Life You Want, as part of a multi-million dollar deal in December 2015, and intended to publish the book as her imprint's flagship title in early 2017. Now, it seems the calendar of releases has changed slightly, but An Oprah Book still plans to publish titles written and chosen by the media queen.
An Oprah Book will launch with Winfrey's cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, on Jan. 3. The book was one of Oprah's Favorite Things for 2016, and gift pre-orders made before the holidays will receive "a special note and gift ... while supplies last."
In a June statement, Winfrey said Food, Health and Happiness was inspired by her "past several months on Weight Watchers," during which time she "worked with wonderful chefs to make healthier versions of [her] favorite meals." That same announcement revealed that The Life You Want had been postponed indefinitely.
A second book, Maria Smilios' The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis, is slated for release in 2018. The microhistory tells the story of 300 black nurses who worked in the tuberculosis ward at Staten Island's Sea View Hospital, caring for patients few would dare to be around. According to the New York Daily News, "[f]ear of TB was so rampant at the time that the city had trouble hiring nurses for Sea View and ultimately recruited hundreds of black women, many from the South, to fill the ranks." The Black Angels will be Smilios' first book.