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TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Lifetime Achievement Award by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Noble Laureate DR.TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino.

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Noble Laureate DR.TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards Ceremony and Reception Benefit was held at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School in New York City on March 12, 2015. Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison was presented with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove. Toni Morrison is the only living American recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature; which was presented to her December 7, 1993. She received a heartfelt introduction by Rita Dove, “Like the orchids surrounding her then, Toni Morrison has always seemed both rooted in the earth and poised for flight, resplendent and serene. Most importantly, she has woven tales that beguile, even as they lead us deeper into the carefully shielded psyche of homo sapiens than we knew to go. She has given us stories where survival may not mean victory and cruelty may reveal itself as the ultimate tenderness; stories where home is not a country, especially when the country has never learned to be at home with its past…” Dr. Dove continued referring to orchids as “the queen bees of the flower world and you’d better not mess with them”. Dr. Morrison arrived on stage and replied in her soft voice, “Rita, that was beautiful. And true.”  Her acceptance speech was warm, grateful, and as always profound; expressing “it’s more than unique, and more than necessary. I think it’s urgent. The publishing world is in flux, facing new kinds of distribution. Bookstores are shutting or reassigning themselves. Companies merge to avoid collapse. This is the situation, which may change, but what I know will always be available is the National Book Critics Circle.” The 84 year old Nobel Laureate has just completed her 11th novel God Help The Child to be release April 2015.  Brava Toni!

The awards ceremony was welcomed in by Luis Jaramillo, the director of The New School writing program; followed by opening remarks by Laurie Muchnick, the president of the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to the six categories author Phil Klay was introduced by Carolyn Kellogg receiving the John Leonard Prize for his novel Redeeployment; Alexandra Schwartz was introduced by Gregg Barrios receiving the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. The category winners are as follows for the publishing year 2014: POETRY- Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric; CRITICISM- Ellen Willis, The Essential Ellen Willis; AUTOBIOGRAPHY- Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?; BIOGRAPHY- John Lahr, Tennesse Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh; NONFICTION- David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation; and FICTION- Marilyn Robinson, Lila.

Please visit Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison: A Comprehensive Look — Her Life; Her Work; Her New Novel, “God Help The Child”, 2015; and the Construction of Racism — by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino:

https://undertheduvetproductions.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/nobel-laureate-dr-toni-morrison-a-comprehensive-look-her-life-her-work-her-new-novel-god-help-the-child-2015-and-the-construction-of-racism-by-photojournalist-lisa-pacino/

Please visit Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison: Her New Novel, “God Help The Child”, 2015, Chapter “Sweetness”:

https://undertheduvetproductions.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/nobel-laureate-dr-toni-morrison-her-new-novel-god-bless-the-child-2015-chapter-sweetness/

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Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove introducing Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison, the recipient of the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove introducing Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison, the recipient of the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove introducing Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison, the recipient of the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove introducing Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison, the recipient of the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove introducing Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison, the recipient of the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove introducing Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison, the recipient of the NBCC Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Noble Laureate DR.TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Noble Laureate DR.TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Noble Laureate DR.TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Noble Laureate DR.TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Noble Laureate DR.TONI MORRISON receives the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Lifetime Achievement Award, New York, March 12, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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Fred Viebahn and Dr. Rita Dove with NBCC Board Members, New York March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Claudia Rankine and Gregg Barrios, New York March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Claudia Rankine and Gregg Barrios, New York March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Dr. Rita Dove and Claudia Rankine, New York March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Author Charles Ruas, photographer Nancy Crompton, and novelist Marnie Mueller, New York March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Author & this year’s Biography winner John Lahr, Dr. Rita Dove, and poet & this year’s Poetry winner Claudia Rankine, New York, March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Author & this year’s Fiction nominee Marlon James, New York, March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Alexandra Schwartz, winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, New York, March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Luis Jaramillo, director of The New School Writing Program, New York, March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Poet Laureate Dr. Rita Dove, New York, March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Poet & this year’s Poetry nominee Saeed Jones with author Yahdon Israel, New York, March 12, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

NBCC Awards Ceremony for Publishing Year 2014

Please visit Dr. Rita Dove’s Article- Critical Mass; the blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors. Sandrof Award: Rita Dove’s Homage to Toni Morrison, March 15, 2015

http://bookcritics.org/blog/archive/sandrof-award-rita-doves-homage-to-toni-morrison

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