Remembering Toni Morrison at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival

In October, we partnered with Rain Taxi Review of Books to record a special live episode of Black Market Reads at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival. In this episode, Lissa speaks with authors about the life and work of the author Toni Morrison who passed away earlier this year.

Episode 46 – Remembering Toni Morrison at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival

In this episode, recorded live at the 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival, Lissa speaks with authors about the work, life, and legacy of Toni Morrison. The episode was recorded in partnership with Rain Taxi Review of Books. Featured in the episode: A. Rafael Johnson, Bethany C.

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize winning novelist, educator, and editor. She was a prolific author and is known for such works as The Bluest Eye (1970), Song of Solomon (1977),  and Beloved (1987) among many others. In addition to her work as a writer, Morrison became the first black female editor at Random House.

Featured in this episode:

A. Raphael Johnson – author of The Through (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017)

Bethany C. Morrow – author of Mem (The Unnamed Press, 2018)

Lora Hyler – author of The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes (Henschel House Publishing, 2018)

Eric Lorberer  – Executive Director, Rain Taxi Review of Books

Dr. Artika Tyner – author of Amazing Africa: A to Z (Planting People Growing Justice, 2018)

Go Deeper: Additional Materials

WATCH: TRAILER FOR TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM (MAGNOLIA PICTURES, 2019). THIS DOCUMENTARY OFFERS AN IN DEPTH LOOK AT THE LIFE AND WORK OF TONI MORRISON, INCLUDING INTERVIEWS WITH THE AUTHOR HERSELF AS SHE REFLECTS ON THE PROCESS AND IMPACT OF HER WORK.
LISTEN: TONI MORRISON’S 1993 NOBEL LECTURE (WHICH A. RAFAEL JOHNSON READS AN EXCERPT OF AT THE END OF THE EPISODE.
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1993/morrison/lecture/
READ AND EXPLORE: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE WORK OF TONI MORRISON FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHED FOLLOWING MORRISON’S PASSING IN AUGUST 2019. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE ARE MANY LINKS TO FURTHER READING ABOUT TONI MORRISON.

‘Her Subject Is America’: Teaching Toni Morrison With The New York Times

Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate in literature whose best-selling work explored black identity in America – and in particular the often crushing experience of black women – through luminous, incantatory prose resembling that of no other writer in English, died on Monday in the Bronx. She was 88.

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