America’s only living Nobel prize winning author revisits some familiar themes in her latest novel, but too often she fails to meet her own exacting standards.
It is a strange fact of Toni Morrison’s career that no matter how viscerally — in at times the clearest and most instinctive sentences in narrative prose — she lays bare the sexual brutality and racial hatred that undergirds American life, she will still be expected to play the part of grandmotherly sage. In her recent, necessary, even recuperative piece “ … Read More
In the author’s new novel, a high-flying cosmetics executive and the man she loves share childhood wounds that threaten to misshape their adult lives.
"Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said..."
Kentucky was not an accidental choice by Toni Morrison for the horrific origin of her Nobel-prize winning classic, Beloved. Sweet Home, the Kentucky plantation in Morrison's story, represents America and how the depravity of American...Show More Summary
Categories: Quickies The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison – ” ‘What I’m interested in is writing without the gaze, without the white gaze,’ she told me. ‘In so many earlier books by... (Read more...)
“During the years that she worked at Random House, she published books by Muhammad Ali, Henry Dumas, Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton, Toni Cade Bambara and Gayl Jones, whom she discovered in the 1970s. Jones’s manuscript was so impressive that when Morrison read it for the first time, uppermost in her mind, she once wrote, […]
Child abuse cuts a jagged scar through Toni Morrison’s “God Help the Child,” a modern-day fairy tale with shades of the Brothers Grimm.
Recommended reading: this brilliant and thorough profile of Toni Morrison from the New York Times Magazine, complete with a video of Morrison reading from her upcoming novel, God Help the Child.
No, really the best, in every way.
Toni Morrison is releasing a new novel entitled God Help the Child this month and it’s guaranteed to be a continuation of her revolutionary position in literature; a writer who pens black stories about black people without regard for the mainstream. Read more...
by Haley Mlotek She wasn’t too interested in her 84th birthday, she said, until President Obama’s office called the other day to plan a lunch. When she told us this, oohs and aahs went around the room. Someone asked her where she was going to have it. Show More Summary
At 84, she sits comfortably as one of the greatest authors in American history, even as her uncompromising dream for black literature seems further away than ever.
Toni Morrison’s portrait will grace the cover of the forthcoming issue of the New York Times magazine. The publication features a profile on the Nobel Prize-winning writer. The piece examines Morrison’s career, her thoughts on diversity literature, and her new novel God Help the Child. Show More Summary
Last Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray had a diverse group of 15 progressive leaders, from Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, over to their home for lunch. The agenda:Show More Summary
Toni Morrison is, inarguably, the greatest living writer of our time. She has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the last American to have won the Nobel Prize. Show More Summary
Get ready to say goodbye to Mad Men, welcome back Toni Morrison, and get Furious again, as your Creative Calendar for April ushers in spring. It's no longer April Fools' Day, so you can trust that there are no hilarious pranks in this month's entertainment forecast. Show More Summary
Brand-new fiction by Toni Morrison isn't the only reason to get excited for April's new books. This month, J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom will hit shelves, and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel dishes out relationship advice in her latest book. Show More Summary
Toni Morrison on experimenting, what Sappho sounded like, women authors to read immediately, a bunch of upcoming book-related events and more.
“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.”