Oprah has announced her first choice in the newly-resurrected Oprah's Book Club--A Summer of Faulkner. Three months, three books--As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and A Light in August. She's offering online classes to accompany the reading, including video lectures. Plus, her website offers information on William Faulkner himself, how to approach his writings, and links to book discussion groups.
This Book Club approach is not going to strike hopeful new authors with literary lightning, but the Oprah influence in bringing great books to a whole new audience is likely to be huge.