Upcoming Event: Brooklyn Book Festival

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Sunday, September 18 (10am-6pm, rain or shine), FREE

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

AUTHORS INCLUDE Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Helen Garner, Karin Slaughter, Bruce Schneier, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Esmeralda Santiago, Thomas Frank, Ralph Nader, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong, Ed Yong and hundreds more.

authors     Margaret Atwood                 Joyce Carol Oates           Yusef Komunyakaa

The Brooklyn Book Festival will also have several “Bookend” events leading up to the festival starting today including:

  • After Adderall, a movie about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about you. Directed by Stephen Elliott, featuring Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Jerry Stahl, Susan Orlean and Michael C. Hall at Videology Cinema Bar (Brooklyn). The Opening Night Party will be at Bell House (Brooklyn). See the New York premiere of Monday, September 12
  • R.L. Stine reads from his newest book  Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story, followed by a book-signing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Tuesday, September 13
  • Greenlight Books and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses host the Seventh Annual Brooklyn Indie Party to celebrate the literary independence of the borough and its Festival Friday, September 16
  • Children’s Day: Literary Celebration for Families and Children
    Saturday September 17th (10am-4pm, rain or shine)

To see a full list of “bookend” events for the Brooklyn Book Festival Click Here
Also to see the Brooklyn Book Festival homepage  Click Here

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For those of you who would like to gain some volunteer experience at the Brooklyn Book Festival,  the Women’s National Book Association-NYC (WNBA  http://www.wnba-nyc.org/) is looking for volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email  Professor Denning at jdenning@pace.edu for details.

An Evening with FREEMAN’s

FreemansThursday, September 8 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Come for a night in celebration of Freeman’s new issue, centered around the theme of “Family,” from the former editor of Granta and lecturer at the School of Writing, John Freeman. Featuring readings, conversations and performances by Valeria Luiselli, Sharon Olds, Tracy K. Smith, Garnette Cadogan, Ruddy Roye, Alexander Chee, and Aminatta Forna, presenting stories about family life, by turns amusing, heartbreaking, and probing. This second issue of FREEMAN’S: Family circles the globe and collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today. Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing MFA Program and McNally Jackson Booksellers.

Admission with a $16 (+tax) purchase of the book.

Miriam Horn & Ian Frazier: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

Miriam Horn

Friday, September 9 at 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway and 12th Street, 3rd floor, Rare Book Room.                                     Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Environmental Defense Fund veteran Miriam Horn challenges pervasive and powerful myths about American and environmental values. Join Miriam in the Rare Book Room as she paints a powerful picture of the hidden stewards of America’s natural legacy.

Joining Miriam in conversation is Ian Frazier, author of Hogs Wild and Great Plains.

Admission with a $15 purchase of the book that comes with a $15 gift card at Strand Books.

Against Everything with Mark Greif and Wesley Morris

Against everything

Monday, September 12 at 7:00PM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 

n+1 founding editor Mark Greif launches his newest book of cultural criticism and argument, Against Everything.

Mark Greif received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard in history and literature; an M.Phil. from Oxford in English as a British Marshall Scholar; and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale. In 2004, he co-founded n+1, and has been a principal at the magazine since. In 2005 and 2007 his essays were chosen for The Best American Essays. His scholarly book, The Age of the Crisis of Man, was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. In 2013–2014, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, in its School of Social Science. In 2015, he was awarded the Charles Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Julissa Arce: My (Underground) American Dream
Julissa Arce

Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway and 12th Street, 3rd floor, Rare Book Room.                                     Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Thousands of people work on Wall Street, coming from various backgrounds and parts of the country, but Julissa Arce is the only one who can say that during her time as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs she was an undocumented immigrant.

Now that she’s left Wall Street, Julissa has become an advocate for rights for undocumented immigrants. She will be joined by award-winning writer and filmmaker Alberto Ferreras, who most recently directed HBO Latino’s Habla y Vota, in the Rare Book Room as she discusses and signs her memoir, My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive.

Admission with a $15 purchase of the book that comes with a $15 gift card at Strand Books.

 

 

 

Events: March 10th-14th

March 10th- Book Launch: STREETFIGHT: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow

Brooklyn Bowl 
61 Wythe Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

d6f8a28a-06b5-4e6d-b486-14728d5f4deeSTREETFIGHT deconstructs how New York City’s former Director of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan transformed the streets of one of the world’s toughest cities into dynamic spaces that are safe for pedestrians and bikers.

During her time as New York City’s Director of Transportation from 2007 to 2013, under former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Janette Sadik-Khan achieved the seemingly impossible and transformed the streets of one of the world’s toughest cities into dynamic spaces that are safe for pedestrians and bikers. In STREETFIGHT: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow deconstruct how she achieved this feat in New York City, while offering an empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning city streets across the country to function better for the people and communities that use them.

See more info here.

March 11th-Debut Novelists Spotlight

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th StreetTime: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Spring may not be springing yet, but a bumper crop of new novels is sprouting up! Join Igoni Barrett, author of the brand-new Blackass, Idra Novey, autor of Ways to Disappear, and Mark Doten, author of The Infernal, as they read from and discuss their first forays into long-form fiction. The conversation will be moderated by fiction and non-fiction author Tobias Carroll.
This event is open to the public. If you’re interested, please let us know and RSVP to events@strandbooks.com. You can reserve a copy of BlackassWays to Disappear, or The Infernal, to be picked up at the event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

March 13th-Gotham Writers Workshop: Article Writing

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

A free article writing workshop taught by Mike Dunphy.

Mike Dunphy is a contributing writer for USA Today’s travel publication RoadWarriorVoices, and his articles and essays have appeared in Travel Weekly, PBS: Next Avenue, American Way, Travel + Leisure, Time Out, Beer Advocate, and NewYork.com, among many others. He has worked as an editor and contributor to Fodor’s Travel (Random House). He holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.

March 14th-Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Time: 7:00 pm

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MARIE KONDO is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK) and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method.

Events February 11th-17th

February 11th- Idra Novey: Ways to Disappear

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Stree
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

ways_to_disappearIf New Directions’ reissue of Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories left you wanting more mysterious Brazilian lady-writers, Idra Novey’s debut novel is here for you. Already a prolific poet-translator who has written for NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York TimesPoetry, and the Paris Review, Novey is garnering high praise for her first novel — a starred review from Publishers Weekly calls it a “fun Brazilian noir” and an “eloquent meditation on the art and anxiety of translation.” Ways to Disappear tells the story of a legendary Brazilian novelist, deep in gambling debt, who disappears, suitcase and cigar in hand — and the American translator who sets out from Pittsburgh to Rio to find her. Novey will here be in conversation with novelist Nell Freudenberger to discuss the book that Kirkus Reviewshas deemed a “tour de force.”

February 15th- William Shatner on Leonard Nimoy

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E. 17th St. 
New York, NY 10003

Time: 7:00 pm

0000000147762William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were the Lennon & McCartney, or possibly the Martin & Lewis, of science fiction. Their competitive natures brought out the best in each other on the original Star Trek, an alchemy never again achieved by what followed in the Seventies. But unlike those other famous pairs, Shatner and Nimoy were able not only to successfully reunite in later years and continue doing good work, but to forge a lasting friendship — try to watch the 2001 documentary Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime, which is just them hanging out in Nimoy’s backyard and reminiscing, without getting a little teary. Following Nimoy’s death last year, Shatner has written Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man, which delves into the ups and downs of their decades-long relationship. He’ll be reading from the book tonight, and whether you’re a Trek fan or not, it’s a safe bet that there won’t be a dry eye in the house. 

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February 16th-Book Launch: Why the Grateful Dead Matter by Michael Benson

February 16th- THE NARROW DOOR with Paul Lisicky, Fiona McCrae, and Meghan Daum

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

16_Narrow_DoorPaul Lisicky presents his new acclaimed memoir, The Narrow Door (Graywolf) with Fiona McCrae, publisher and director of Graywolf Press, and Meghan Daum (The Unspeakable).

In The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of these relationships shift constantly. Denise and Paul, stretched by the demands of their writing lives, drift apart, and Paul’s romance begins to falter. And the world around them is frail: environmental catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, and local disturbances make an unsettling backdrop to the pressing concerns of Denise’s cancer diagnosis and Paul’s impending breakup. Lisicky’s compassionate heart and resilience seem all the stronger in the face of such searing losses. His survival—hard-won, unsentimental, authentic—proves that in turning toward loss, we embrace life.

February 17th- Clara Parkes’ Knitlandia

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Knitlandia91904JF.thumbnailClara Parkes’ life in wool and yarn began when she left Silicon Valley to pursue a slower, more equanimitous life on the coast of Maine. Since then, she’s founded the Knitter’s Review and written several best-selling books and toured the country uniting circles and individual crafters. Now she’s dropping by the Strand to share the stories of her travels and the people she’s met in Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World. Cozy up for an evening dedicated to the joys of mending and weaving, with warm drinks courtesy of courtesy of Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

Buy a copy of Knitlandia or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

 

 

 

Reflect on Black History with the Quotes of the Week

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In Honor of Black History Month, here are some quotes by famous black authors, poets and philosophers.

“But on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies.”

-Brown Girls Dreaming by  Jacqueline Woodson

 

“Storytelling, you know, hasa real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone
there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They’re taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don’t want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That’s what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.”

Alice Walker, in an interview about her work in Common Boundary, 1990

 

1955536“A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.”

Gwendolyn Brooks

“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”

Langston Hughes

Events: February 6th-10th

February 6th- Adam JK Event 

Sunset Park,
220 36th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11232

(subway: D, N, & R, 36th St. Station)

Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

 

1page.thumbnailJoin Adam JK, Brooklyn-based author, artist, and designer, for a signing and pop-up shop at WantedDesign’s location in Industry City. He’ll have toys and trinkets from his Gift Shop, as well as copies of his 1 Page at a Time diary/journal/calendar/creative companion/whatever-it-is to sign. Fudge artisans Izzy & Tallulah will be there as well with delicious samples. Copies of 1 Page at a Time will be available on-site.

February 9th- Kia Corthron + Robin D. G. Kelley 

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
 828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CastleCross_coverfront.thumbnailKia Corthron, American playwright, screenwriter, and activist celebrates the highly anticipated release of her first novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. Her book sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men–two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland.

Kia will be joined in conversation by Robin D.G. Kelley, one of the most distinguished experts on African American studies in the nation.

Buy a copy of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

February 10th- Richard Price in Conversation With James Hannaham 

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Richard Price, author of seven novels including Lush Life and Clockers, is please to celebrate the paperback release of his most recent work The Whites with James Hannaham, author of the novel Delicious Foods.

9780312621308The Whites, Richard Price‘s most recent novel, has received widespread acclaim including being named a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2015, a NPR Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Book Review Best Book of 2015. The book follows Billy Grave, a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, as he investigates a fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station. Piercing and eminently readable, The Whites is a book filled with kinetic energy. Richard Price is pleased to celebrate its paperback release with a conversation with James Hannaham, author of the novel God Says No.

Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.

James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods and God Says No. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

February 10th- Kevin Young presents Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 In conversation with Mary-Louise Parker

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street

BrooklynNY 11217

Time: 7:30 pm

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Greenlight is thrilled to welcome acclaimed poet Kevin Young back to Greenlight to present his new collection Blue Laws, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with “B sides” and “bonus tracks.” From his stunning lyric debut Most Way Home and the amazing “double album” life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, through his broken-hearted Jelly Roll and his recent forays into adult grief and the joys of birth in Dear Darkness and Book of Hours, this collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting.

Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or bold sequences such as “The Ballad of Jim Crow” and a new “Homage to Phillis Wheatley.” Young talks about his poetic history with actor and writer Mary-Louise Parker (author of Dear Mr. You), an ardent fan of Young’s work.

Around Town: October 22nd-28th

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October 22- David Baldacci, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black with David Levithan 

Weill Art Gallery
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

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Price: $22

Master storyteller David Baldacci, whose new YA title is The Keeper, joins the bestselling partnership Cassandra Clare and Holly Black to discuss the new volume in their Magisterium collaboration, The Copper Gauntlet.

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October 24- Entertainment Weekly Fest 2015 

Industria Superstudio
775 Washington
New York, NY 10003

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Time: 11:00 pm-6:00 pm and
EW fest @ Night from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Entertainment Weekly will present EW Fest, a day-long celebration of the best in pop culture and EW’s 25th anniversary.

Presented by LG OLED TV, an entirely new category of television, EW Fest will feature unique programming including binge-a-thon screenings, first looks, editor Q&A’s, book signings, and panels with and performances by today’s most sought after talent. The line-up includes a look inside the X-Files writer’s room with creator Chris Carter and writer James Wong; an appearance by Aziz Ansari, discussing his new Netflix series; and anacoustic performance with The Band Perry. EW Fest panels include Ryan Murphy along with special guests from his hit shows, including Matt Bomer, and Kathy Bates, Scholastic’s David Levithan moderating a panel with YA authors and a digital influencers panel with YouTube creators Marcus Johns, and more.

For tickets and more details, head to www.ew.com/ewfest.

October 26- Book Launch: Women Chefs of New York by Nadia Arumugan

The Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Interviews with more than 25 female chefs in New York reveal insights into some of the city’s top culinary talent, and pages of mouthwatering images will inspire readers to try these exclusive recipes!

More than twenty-five female chefs in New York City share their beloved recipes in Women Chefs of New York by food editor and cookbook author Nadia Arumugam.

Women Chefs of New York is a collection of recipes as diverse as New York City’s vast array of cuisine itself. The female trio behind the hugely popular Pies ‘n’ Thighs divulges their fried chicken and biscuits recipe; legendary Mediterranean cuisine chef Einat Admony offers her green shakshuka; and Christina Tosi, owner and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar, gifts the reader with her secrets for birthday cake truffles.

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October 27- Featured Editor Happy Hour with Buzzfeed

The Storehouse at 69 W 23rd St.
(between 5th and 6th Ave.)

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Ed is at it again! This time, he’s hosting an especially buzz-worthy featured editor happy hour just in time for Halloween. Join Ed and some of his featured editor friends from Buzzfeed on Tuesday, 10/27 from 7-9 PM. No need to RSVP.

As if that wasn’t enough, he’s made a Buzzfeed-esque listicle of all the reasons you should come:

1. Great Company: You’ll get the chance to network with and ask career advice from cool featured editors from Buzzfeed.

2. Free Candy: Now that we’ve hit the age where we’re a little old to go trick-or-treating, we’ll take candy any way we can get it.

3. Happy Hour Specials: Because who doesn’t enjoy sipping a half-priced cocktail while it’s still light outside?

4. No Cover Charge: Because savvy whippersnappers never pay cover.

5. Everyone’s Welcome: Want to bring a friend? Great. Want to bring two? Even better!

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October 27-WORD & Tumblr Present: LAST NIGHT’S READING Launch

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Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Kate Gavino hosts the launch of her illustrated book based on her popular blog, with special guests Jazmine Hughes, Julia Fierro, Alexander Chee, Mira Jacob, and Lev Grossman. With books for sale courtesy of our friends at WORD Bookstore and drinks & snacks, until they run out, courtesy of Tumblr.

Jazmine Hughes is an associate digital editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Gawker.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and the forthcoming The Gypsy Moth Summer. She is the founder of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, Flavorwire, Glamour,and Psychology Today.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novel, Edinburgh, winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Booksense 76 selection. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. She is the co-founder of much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Vogue, The Telegraph, Buzzfeed, and Bookanista.

Lev Grossman is the author of the novels Warp, Codex, and The Magicians Trilogy. He is a senior writer and book critic for TIME.

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October 28- Garance Dore at Club Monaco 

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Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street  

Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Garance Doré comes to Strand’s shop-in-shop at Club Monaco on Fifth Avenue to launch Love Style Life, which features iconic women including Emmanuelle Alt and Drew Barrymore, as well as her own illustrations and photography.

This event will be located in the Strand’s Shop at Club Monaco, at 160 5th Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets. Guests must purchase a copy of Love Style Life from Strand to enter the signing line. The first 200 attendees will be guaranteed admission, granted on a first come first serve basis regardless of pre-purchase or RSVP. Please note that ephemera will not be signed.

Please RSVP to RSVP@clubmonaco.com

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Link of the Week: “The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison”

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At 84, she sits comfortably as one of the greatest authors in American history, even as her uncompromising dream for black literature seems farther away than ever.

The opening to a feature on Toni Morrison in the New York Times Magazine describes her as one of the great American authors, whose voice is powerful and authentic. Morrison once described the novel as that which “has always functioned for the class or the group that wrote it.” This places the novel as a powerful piece of culture, and Morrison has proven it as such by her legacy of authorship: 11 novels, a Nobel Prize in Literature (1993) and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1988), and her continuing work.

On one level, Morrison’s project is obvious: It is a history that stretches across 11 novels and just as many geographies and eras to tell a story that is hardly chronological but is thematically chained and somewhat continuous. … But then there is the other mission, the less obvious one, the one in which Morrison often does the unthinkable as a minority, as a woman, as a former member of the working class: She democratically opens the door to all of her books only to say, “You can come in and you can sit, and you can tell me what you think, and I’m glad you are here, but you should know that this house isn’t built for you or by you.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 2.07.22 PMAs a former editor at Random House, Morrison has done battle with the question of diversity in publishing.

But what has remained more elusive is the part that Morrison figured out as an editor: What happens after the workshop and the head count? How do people change an establishment? How do people change an industry?

Morrison is prolific, and not just for her writing. The NYT piece that Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah wrote about Morrison is long, but it is compelling and describes the mission and life of Toni Morrison far better than I can. So, really, check it out.