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Publisher betting `Oprah' will boost sales of books

Kaye Gibbons' publisher rolled out another million copies of two of her novels after Oprah Winfrey selected them for her popular book club.

Winfrey announced on her show Monday that she's chosen Gibbons' novels "Ellen Foster" and "A Virtuous Woman" for a book club appearance. The talk show host devotes one show each month to a discussion with the author about the book.Selected books have skyrocketed onto best seller lists. Vintage, the publisher of those two books by Gibbons, geared up for increased demand - printing a combined 1.1 million more copies.

Winfrey has said she started the book club "to get this country reading again. Gibbons, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., hasn't decided when she will appear on the show.

"It means I'll be able to get my hardwood floors done before finishing my next book," she told The News & Observer of Raleigh.