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Weekend Writing: Celebrating Toni Morrison

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison 

I'm writing this blog post as my worn and highly annotated copy of Morrison's The Bluest Eye rests on my bookshelf. There is so much to celebrate today on her 87th birthday. Not only is she a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, but she is also an editor and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, beautiful and often poetic language, and detailed African-American characters who are central to the narratives.

Born on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio as Chloe Ardelia Wofford, her childhood was plagued by racial division. When she was two years old, her landlords set fire to the house her family lived in, while they were home, because her parents didn't pay their rent on time. Her parents instilled in her a sense of African-American heritage and language, which enabled Morrison to read frequently as a child…

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