Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison October 2015 events by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
OCTOBER 2015 EVENTS & HONORS: Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison.
Nobel Laureate Dr. Toni Morrison received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for Beloved, and in 1993 was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She has received countless awards and accolades, The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, she is listed as “100 Greatest Writers of All Time”, and is a professor emeritus at Princeton University.
Toni Morrison, The New Yorker Festival, October 2, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
1. Publishing Group Alfred A. Knopf Celebrates a Century.
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison spoke at Alfred A. Knopf’s 100th anniversary party at the NYPL— The New York Public Library on October 1, 2015. The Alfred A. Knopf publishing group was founded in 1915, they have published some of the past century’s most remarkable and important American literature. Long known as a publisher of distinguished hardcover fiction and nonfiction, their list of authors includes Toni Morrison, John Updike, Anne Rice, Julia Child, as well as classic writers Thomas Mann, Willa Cather, John Hersey, and John Cheever. Alfred A. Knopf was acquired by Random House in 1960 and is now part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Patti Smith, Robert Caro, Sonny Mehta, James Ellroy, Sharon Olds, Mitch Kaplan, Fran Lebowitz, Sam Shepard, and Charlie Rose were among the guests of honor as publishing house Alfred A. Knopf celebrated their centennial with an all-star party at the main branch of the New York Public Library. In the library’s marbled Astor Hall they paid tribute to Knopf, home to Pulitzer Prize winners Toni Morrison and Robert Caro and such commercial sensations as the late Stieg Larsson. Patti Smith’s memoir M Train just came out, she says she was drawn to such Knopf authors as Albert Camus and to the publisher’s trademark image of a racing Borzoi, or Russian wolfhound.
Alfred A. Knopf Celebrates a Century, 1915-2015.
2. The New Yorker Festival presents Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison in conversation with Hilton Als, Acura at SIR, Stage 37, 508 West 37th Street, New York, October 2, 2015.
Friday, October 2nd, through Sunday, October 4, 2015, The New Yorker Festival celebrates its sixteenth year. The festival features The New Yorker writers, editors, and artists conversing with some of the most talented and influential thinkers about topics ranging from politics to pop music, science to cinema, and so much more.
The New Yorker Festival presents Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. October 2, 2015.
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Here are some quotes from Toni Morrison at The New Yorker Festival:
“I am the ultimate reader and I just hope I can bring other readers along.” —Toni Morrison ★ “They used to call us citizens, even if they considered us second class citizens. Then we were consumers. Now, we’re just taxpayers.” —Toni Morrison ★ “A place where they may not like you, but they’re not going to hurt you.” —Toni Morrison ★ “Laughter is a muscle. It’s strength. It’s not funny, it’s agency, a form of control.” —Toni Morrison ★ “It was humane. It was elegant and eloquent.” —Toni Morrison on the forgiveness shown to the Emanuel A.M.E. shooter by victims’ families.
3. UCLA MEDAL HONOR & Desdemona October 2015
Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison is scheduled to be awarded the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor. The medal will be presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block at a special event in Royce Hall on Monday, October 5, 2015. The UCLA Medal is presented to those of exceptionally distinguished academic and professional achievement whose work embodies UCLA’s highest ideals. The medal citation calls Toni Morrison “one of the most celebrated authors and distinguished professors in American history… [who] has created works characterized by epic themes, vivid dialogue and richly drawn characters.” She will participate in the event, “Black Lives Matter: Artists and Intellectuals Creating a Movement,” via video conference in a panel discussion celebrating her contributions to American literature and culture.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Morrison will participate in another video conference in a panel discussion about the themes surrounding Desdemona. The Panel discussion is entitled, “Desdemona’s Hidden Histories: Women’s Voices Moving in the Night from Africa to America by Way of Shakespeare and Morrison”. She will be joined by director Peter Sellars and librettist Rokia Traoré. She receives the UCLA Medal in conjunction with performances of Desdemona, a play written by her in collaboration with Malian musician Rokia Traoré. Desdemona will be presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA October 8-11, 2015 at the Freud Playhouse. It will be directed by Peter Sellars, UCLA professor of world arts and cultures/dance. Desdemona is based on Shakespeare’s play Otello; the Metropolitan Opera in New York opened its season with Verdi’s Otello on September 21, 2015.
Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison to be awarded the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor; and presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, October 5, 2015.
4. Desdemona by Toni Morrison in Australia, October 2015
Desdemona, the 2011 play by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will be at the Melbourne Festival from October 16th-19th, 2015, and at the Sydney Festival from October 23rd-25th, 2015 in Australia. It is a collaboration between author Toni Morrison, director Peter Sellars, and musician Rokia Traoré.
Desdemona by Toni Morrison in Australia, October 2015.
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison is still available in Hardcover (retail $24.95); published by Knopf Publishing Group, April 21, 2015.
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison; Knopf Publishing Group; April 21, 2015.
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