Having your book picked as one of the 26 in this year's book club is like winning the literary lottery for an author. Here are the reactions from the authors:

Moses Naim's Reaction (Book 1):

The selection caught author and publisher by surprise. “I had no clue,” said Naim. “I woke up [Saturday morning] and looked at my Twitter feed and realized something was happening. It was a complete surprise and a very pleasant one.” Source: NY Post

Still, Mr. Naim said he was stunned to learn on Twitter Saturday morning that he had essentially won Facebook’s literary lottery. “I was flabbergasted,” said Mr. Naim, who added that he planned to participate in the discussion on Facebook. Source: NYTimes