Novelists Say Book Sales Affected By Absence of Club

Novelists across the nation miss Oprah Winfrey’s magic touch in recommending their new books on her popular book club according to msn.com.

In an open letter, a group of published award-winning novelists pleaded for Winfrey to resume her book club, which went off the air in 2002.

“There’s a widely-held belief that the landscape of literary fiction is now a gloomy place,” Word of Mouth, a loose alliance of women’s authors, wrote. It said fiction sales began to plummet when the The Oprah Winfrey Book Club went off the air in 2002 and stopped featuring contemporary authors, reported by msn.com.

“Book Club members stopped buying new fiction, and this changed the face of American publishing,” said the letter, which was signed by 158 authors, attained by msn.com.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Amy Tan, author of “Joy Luck Club,” were among the writers who signed the letter according to msn.com.

“The readers need you. And we, the writers, need you,” it said, according to msn.com. “Oprah Winfrey, we wish you’d come back.”

According to msn.com, a spokeswoman for Winfrey’s company, Harpo Productions, poured cold water on the idea.

“There are no plans to change the focus of the book club at this time,” she said.