Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison is devoting this week to a three city tour reading from and discussing her new novel, God Help the Child, released April 21st. The three cities include New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison, Philadelphia, April 29, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison made an exclusive New York appearance on Monday, April 27th to read from and discuss her new novel, God Help the Child, a captivating tale revealing how childhood trauma shapes and becomes the life of the adult. The event took place in the Kaufmann Hall at the 92nd Street Y in conversation with Professor and author Farah Griffin. New York First Lady Chirlane McCray was on hand to give the introduction. Dr. Morrison entered the stage like royalty before us, draped in regal leopard tossing its flowing matching scarf. The theatre, filled to capacity selling out all 902 seats, gave her a warm and heartfelt standing ovation. In attendance was her son Harold Ford Morrison, Professor Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Dr. Cornel West, along with other notables. In her soft voice she read passionately from her new book; her conversation with Professor Griffin was delightful as audience members hung on to her each and every word laughing along with her witty and honest humor.
Last night, April 29th, Dr. Morrison made her second appearance in Philadelphia at the Free Library of Philadelphia in the Montgomery Auditorium in conversation with author Veronica Chambers, with an introduction by author Jacqueline Woodson. Sonia Sanchez, Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate, and good friend of Dr. Morrison was among the sold out crowd. Dr. Morrison charmed her audience once again with her royal presence entering the stage dressed in classic black with one thick strand of pearls. She was captivating as the crowd eagerly listened to her forthright words of wisdom on racism, the recent riot in Baltimore, and her new novel.
Today, April 30th, she will make her last appearance of her three day tour in Washington D.C. at Sixth & I and Politics and Prose an Independent Bookstore in conversation with NPR special correspondent Michele Norris.
She is nothing short of a literary rock star, never disappointing us, delivering her 11th novel as another flawless masterpiece.
Author and Professor Dr. Toni Morrison is the first and only African-American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature. She won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle in 2015. She has won every major award there is for an author, and is listed as “100 Greatest Writers of All Time”. Her 1987 novel Beloved was recognized as the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.
“Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.” A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.” —Amazon Books
The 92nd Street Y, New York, April 27, 2015 Video (link directly below): “The truly weak, and a coward with a gun is the most dangerous thing in the world.” —Dr. Toni Morrison
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