Post-Oscar sales jump for '12 Years a Slave' book

4:15 PM, Mar 3, 2014   |    comments
Chiwetel Ejiofor as ?Solomon Northup? in a scene from the motion picture "12 Years a Slave." CREDIT: Jaap Buitendijk, Fox Searchlight Pictures
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NEW YORK (AP) - "12 Years a Slave" is getting a post-Oscar bump - for the book it was based on.

The 19th-century memoir by ex-slave Solomon Northrup jumped from No. 326 on before Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony to No. 19 on Monday afternoon.

The film was directed by Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor. It was among last year's most highly praised releases and won the Oscar for best picture. It was the first film directed by a black person to win for best picture.

The book and the movie tell of how the free-born black Northrup was kidnapped and forced into slavery. Thanks to the movie's success, interest in the book has been revived and public high schools are starting to add it to course lists.

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