Thanks to Beatrice, I discovered a new website this morning and read a letter that was sent to Oprah just yesterday, asking her to start promoting contemporary authors again. I'm sure Oprah has received more than a few letters along those lines, but it's a good bet she hasn't seen anything like this one. From Word of Mouth:
Word of Mouth, an Association of Women Authors, invites you to read the letter below addressed to Oprah Winfrey, which thanks her for championing contemporary writers and respectfully requests that she consider focusing, once again, on contemporary fiction in her Book Club. After our members drafted and signed the letter, we circulated it throughout the American literary community. The response was overwhelming: distinguished contemporary writers from every part of the country enthusiastically greeted our appeal and added their signatures to the letter. The letter was delivered to Oprah Winfrey on April 20, 2005.
The letter is here. Go read it. And if you're a published author, perhaps you'll consider adding your own name to the website as a supporter of the letter. At the risk of diluting the "distinguishedness" of the list, I have just now added mine.