By making Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’ her latest book club pick, Oprah has drawn the Holocaust into the current memoir controversy.
By Joshua Cohen
Days after Oprah Winfrey’s last Book Club selection was unmasked as fraud, triggering a national conversation among literati and lay readers alike about the definition and significance of memoir, the talk show host and cultural arbiter announced her next choice: “Night,” Elie Wiesel’s seminal autobiographical account of his experience during the Holocaust.

Wiesel is, of course, a Nobel Prize winner, canonized as an international voice of conscience. Still, Winfrey’s imprimatur assures the book and its writer a fresh financial success, not to mention millions of likely new readers—the kind of jump in stature that might make even the venerable Nobel committee blush. MORE.