Tennessee State University Alumna, Oprah Winfrey is very well known for sending book selections to the bestsellers by adding them to “Oprah’s Book Club.” Recently, Oprah sat down with author Isabel Wilkerson, who wrote the pivotal book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.” Beginning October 9, their thought-provoking 2-part episode of “The Oprah Conversation” will be available to watch on Apple TV+.
Isabel Wilkerson is Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and bestselling author whose book explores history, social hierarchy, and more. Calling the book “a must-read for all of humanity,” Oprah speaks with Wilkerson about the history the book explores, what compelled her to write it, and why we need a new language for race. It comes at perfect timing in a year where racial division is having a significant impact. Wilkerson has said we need a new language for dealing with race. It’s a hot button topic, and many feel uncomfortable when addressing it.
The episode is titled “Oprah’s Book Club” Isabel Wilkerson: Caste, “The Oprah Conversation: Caste” and will air Friday, October 9 on Apple TV+. “The Oprah Conversation” will give a deeper analysis of the book and leave to you reconsider everything you thought you knew about this country’s racial divide. The hope is to inspire others to reflect, seek truth, and have hope. Additionally, the “Oprah’s Book Club” episode “Isabel Wilkerson: Caste” is also available now for free on Apple TV+. Calling the book “a must-read for all of humanity,” Oprah speaks with Wilkerson about the history the book explores, what compelled her to write it, and why we need a new language for race.
In “Caste: Part 1,” both Oprah Winfrey, Isabel Wilkerson, unpack with a panel of readers the idea that America’s foundation was built on a caste system. In “Caste: Part 2,” the panel of readers are able apply concepts discussed in the book to their own lives by sharing personal stories and experiences that parallel the book’s themes.
To further explore the ideas of this valuable episode, Apple Books and Oprah’s Book Club have created a free, jam-packed guide called “Read With Us: Caste, An Oprah’s Book Club Discussion Guide.” It’s available free on Apple Books, and includes an opening letter from Oprah herself, a thoughtful Q&A with Isabel Wilkerson, questions to foster self-reflection and discussions, and further reading options for those who would like to learn more!
Readers crave an even deeper discussion can listen to the new Oprah’s Book Club podcast, available now for free on Apple Podcasts. There are eight podcast episodes with Wilkerson on this topic.