Winfrey chooses Viola Davis memoirs for her book club

NEW YORK (AP) — Viola Davis’s last credit is not for her acting, but for her writing. The Oscar winner’s memoir, “Finding Me,” is Oprah Winfrey’s new pick for the book club.

“Finding Me,” due out next Tuesday, follows Davis’s journey from what she called a “crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island,” where she was praised for her work on stage and screen. Her many awards include a Tony for the Broadway production of August Wilson’s “Fences” in 2010 and an Academy Award for the film adaptation of “Fences” which came out in 2016.

“After reading the first paragraph, I knew this was a book I wanted to share with the world,” Winfrey said in a statement on Thursday. “I am impressed that Viola overcame everything she did to not only survive, but also become a role model for the world as a famous actress, a mother, a wife and the woman she is today.”

In a statement Thursday, Davis said she was “more than honored” and thanked Winfrey for her support.

“The courage to share this story is as great as my fear,” Davis said. “Your recognition was like a huge hug. Thank you for standing up for me and giving me a platform to share my truth with the world.”

Winfrey’s interview with Davis can be streamed on Netflix from Friday. Winfrey and Davis will also speak on May 16 at an interactive book club meeting hosted by OprahDaily.com, the online hub for Winfrey’s book club.

As with Winfrey’s previous pick, Martha Beck’s “The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self,” Thursday’s announcement makes no reference to the Apple partnership that Winfrey launched in September 2019 with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer”. A Winfrey spokesperson said Winfrey is currently in production with Apple for a documentary about the late Sidney Poitier, whose 2007 memoir “The Measure of a Man” was a book club pick.

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