February 17, 2015

Spotlight: Toni Morrison

I came across this piece in The New Yorker and two things immediately came to mind:

1. Toni Morrison is still a literary beast!

2. How does Toni Morrison have a new book coming out and I wasn’t aware?

So needless to say I had to put the spotlight on the beloved novelist, Toni Morrison as part of #28in28. Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, in addition to being a novelist; she is an editor and professor. Her novels have been praised for their intense dialogue and detailed characters. Some of her best known works include The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. I was actually first introduced to her via Beloved. I remember the film starring Oprah Winfrey and watching it years after the fact. I read the book before to be prepared and admittedly, it has always been one that I never fully understand or loved. I tried to reread it when I was older but it is so dense that it may just be one that I never fully grasp. My personal favorite might be The Bluest Eye.

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Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved and the Nobel Prize in 1993. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Her newest novel, God Help The Child, will be published in April. I have already pre-ordered it and you can do the same here.

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