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Lez Liberty Lit #68: Read While You Still Can

Toni Morrison on experimenting, what Sappho sounded like, women authors to read immediately, a bunch of upcoming book-related events and more.

Louise Erdrich Wins Library of Congress Prize For American Fiction

“The prize, which will be awarded during the National Book Festival on Sept. 5, is given to writers with ‘unique, enduring voices’ whose work addresses the American experience. Past winners include John Grisham, Toni Morrison and E.L. Doctorow.”

The National Book Critics Circle Honors Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, at Its 2014 Awards Ceremony

In an awards ceremony on March 12, 2015, honoring the best writing of publishing year 2014, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) crowned the careers of distinguished writers Marilynne Robinson and David Brion Davis, winners in fiction...Show More Summary

Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson Win at the National Book Critics' Circle Awards

Watching Toni Morrison accept the National Book Critics’ Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award last night, bookended by standing ovations, wheelchair-bound but undiminished in a shimmering silver dress and jaunty grey beret, was a little like watching Bruce Springsteen perform a nostalgia gig at the Stone Pony. She’s an arena player, the... More »

Toni Morrison, Roz Chast Among Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle gave out its awards Thursday evening during a ceremony in Mnahattan.

Shorties (Toni Morrison on Failure, A Kurt Cobain Documentary, and more)

Toni Morrison discussed dealing with failure at the NEA Arts Magazine. Stream the trailer for the new Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck. Stereogum listed essential Radiohead non-album tracks. Author Claire Fuller interviewed herself at The Nervous Breakdown. The Quietus...

Toni Morrison on Failure…and Writing Sex Scenes

The early frontrunner for literary essay of the year is…an

Toni Morrison On Failure

2 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Award-winning novelist Toni Morrison has contributed a piece to NEA Arts Magazine. For this issue, every article focuses on the topic of “failure.” Morrison (pictured, via) feels that “as a writer, a failure is just information. It’s something that I’ve done wrong in writing, or is inaccurate or unclear. Show More Summary

There’s Always Time to Write a Book

From Laura Vanderkam's busy year: "I have never believed that book writing needs to be all-consuming. It wasn’t for Toni Morrison writing The Bluest Eye at night after her kids went to bed and let’s face it, we’re not likely to produce anything like The Bluest Eye no matter how much time we spend writing. Show More Summary

‘Django Unchained’ Plantation Transformed Into Major Slavery Museum With Strange Origin Story

“There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves,” Toni Morrison once said, explaining why she wrote Beloved, in an observation that inspired the … Read More

Turnbull myth exposed: he has no deal with Bishop or Morrison

Paul Kelly three weeks ago pushed the Turnbull camp’s dodgy suggestion that there was a powerful trio ready to take over from Tony Abbott:

A contrast: Turnbull vs Morrison and Bishop

There are three possible replacements for Tony Abbott should he eventually fall. How they are making their case for leadership speaks volumes. One…

Feministing Reads: Asali Solomon’s Disgruntled

In the foreword to her debut novel The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison describes how she came to write her classic story of an isolated black girl’s disavowal of blackness. She points to the “reclamation of racial beauty” that was so central to the cultural activism of the 1960s as her motivating context, but she notes […]

10 Withering and Wise Toni Morrison Quotes for Her Birthday

Toni Morrison is both a gorgeous writer and an extremely gifted thinker. On her birthday, February 18th, we celebrate her words on race, gender, the world’s troubles, and the duty and process of those who write their way out of the mess. These quotes will have to suffice until we can read her new novel, God Help the Child, later this year. … Read More

Happy birthday, Toni Morrison!

Today is Toni Morrison's 84th birthday. The Nobel laureate is the author of the novels "Beloved," "Song of Solomon," "Sula" and more than a dozen others.

Lez Liberty Lit #65: Books In Boxes

2 months agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

New Toni Morrison, make a tiny zine, literary podcasts, writing difference and more.

Former Kingmaker Tony Windsor Tips Turnbull Led Government, Morrison As Treasurer

Tony Abbott once told Tony Windsor he would consider 'selling his arse' to be Prime Minister. Turns out it's Abbott's 'selling' that has come to back to bite him on the arse.

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Books

1. Toni Morrison -- The Spark: A Writing Group. Morrison was a 35-year-old professor at Howard University when she joined a writing group just for fun. It soon became clear that she couldn’t remain in the group unless she actually wrote...Show More Summary

Random House memories

At Tablet they offer the full text of the remarks former Random House head Robert L. Bernstein made 10 December, when receiving The New Press' Social Justice Award, in Discovering Toni Morrison. A nice story about discovering (editor) Toni Morrison and how she came to Random House, as well as some André Schiffrin (The Business of Books) reminiscences.

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