OPRAH WINFREY ANNOUNCES A SECOND ‘AN OPRAH BOOK’ IMPRINT TITLE
(Dec. 2016) –Flatiron Books announced that Oprah Winfrey’s book imprint, ‘An Oprah Book,’ has selected its second title: Maria Smilios’s The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis, the true story of 300 black nurses who changed the course of history.
“At my core I am a storyteller and teacher, and I believe in books,” said Oprah Winfrey. “The Black Angels’ is a story that hasn’t been told and I felt it needed to be shared.”
In 1929, when white nurses staged a walk out at Seaview, Staten Island’s 2000-bed TB sanatorium, New York was threatened with a public health catastrophe. Desperate, city health officials made a radical decision to sanction a national call for “colored nurses.” Lured by the promise of good pay, education, housing and most of all, a “rare opportunity” to work in a hospital free of quotas and segregated wards, women from all over the country boarded trains and buses and walked out of their lives and into a world that held both hope and danger. Their triumphant story, bringing together medicine, politics, racial strife, women’s rights and cutting-edge science, has up until now been almost completely ignored.
Winfrey’s book imprint, which was announced earlier in the year, includes non-fiction titles chosen personally by Oprah.
Peter Steinberg at Foundry Literary + Media represented Smilios in the deal.
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