Latest Toni Morrison News

Winfrey, Coates to speak at upcoming Toni Morrison tribute

Nov. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jesmyn Ward will be among the speakers at a tribute to the late Toni Morrison. The Nobel laureate's longtime publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced Tuesday that the event will take place November 21 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan....

Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89

Oct. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he...

Not so fast: Many Nobel winners endured initial rejections

Oct. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's most innovative ideas and creations have started out in a rejection pile. One of this year's Nobel Prize winners for medicine previously saw his findings on how cells respond to changes in oxygen levels turned down for publication. In 1992, the journal Nature rejected...

Book of Toni Morrison quotations is coming out in December

Oct. 7, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A book of Toni Morrison quotations is coming out in December. "The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom" will draw from her whole body of work, including celebrated novels such as "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon." The foreword is by Zadie Smith, adapted from a tribute she wrote soon...

Winfrey picks Ta-Nehisi Coates novel for her book club

Sep. 23, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, "The Water Dancer," has been a long and eventful journey. Begun a decade ago, his chronicle of a slave with an extraordinary memory who joins the Underground Railroad is the result of countless drafts, a shift from multiple narrators to a single voice, some...