Winfrey picks Leila Mottley's 'Nightcrawling' for book club

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen 19-year-old Leila Mottley's “Nightcrawling,”

debut novel about a young Black woman from East Oakland and her battles with poverty, racism and the police, for next book club pick.

A spokesperson for Winfrey said Mottley is the youngest author ever selected for Oprah’s Book Club, founded in 1996.

“It brings me great joy to introduce readers to new authors,

and this young poet Leila Mottley wrote a soul-searching portrait of survival and hope,”

Winfrey said in a statement Tuesday.

Mottley, born and raised in Oakland, served as the city's youth poet laureate in 2018.

Her book was published Tuesday and has been praised by James McBride and Tommy Orange among others.

Kirkus Reviews called “Nightcrawling” a “lovely and poetic"