03/18/2013 01:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ayana Mathis, Author of the Bestselling Novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie , on How She Reacted When Oprah Winfrey Called

Other People with Brad Listi is a free, twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading authors. The show focuses on the writers themselves -- their lives, their struggles, their successes, and how they approach their work.

Here's an excerpt from Episode 157, my conversation with Ayana Mathis, author of the bestselling novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, now available from Knopf. It was hand-selected by Oprah Winfrey as an official pick of Oprah's Book Club 2.0.


In this segment, Mathis describes how she reacted when, while on vacation in Paris, she got the call from Oprah Winfrey.

You can listen to the full, hour-long conversation by clicking here.

Thanks so much, everybody. Enjoy.