Toni Morrison has received a lifetime achievement award from the PEN American Center. Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at the New School auditorium in Manhattan to recognize Morrison. The Nobel laureate received a prize named for a previous Nobel winner, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award. The 90-minute event featured music from mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran […]

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has received an honorary prize named for another Nobel winner, the late Saul Bellow. PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Morrison has been given the $25,000 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American fiction. Morrison, 85, is known for such novels as […]


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Age hasn’t dimmed the fire in Toni Morrison, 84. The unwavering voice of black America talks about her latest novel and what it will take…

Born Chloe Anthony Wofford, in 1931 in Lorain (Ohio), the second of four children in a black working-class family, Toni displayed an early interest in literature. She studied humanities at Howard and Cornell Universities, followed by an academic career at Texas Southern University, Howard University, Yale, and since 1989, a chair at Princeton University. She […]

From Posterous: In response to Peter Sellar’s 2009 production of Othello, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and singer/song-writer Rokia Traore collaborate to create an intimate and profound conversation between Desdomona and her African nurse, Babary, from beyond the grave. You may want to brush up on your Othello before watching this performance. The piece is, […]

Rutgers University recently contacted both Jersey Shore star Snooki and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Toni Morrison to speak at their school. When individuals are contacted to speak at schools, they are usually paid a certain amount. Well, take a minute and guess who will be paid more for their speech? No, not Toni Morrison. Rutgers has […]

If you haven’t read my favorite book of all time, Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby, then click off this post and find something else.