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Toni Morrison

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Creativity Sparks: Toni Morrison

The Spark File with Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien

Words and language have real power. In this episode, Susan and Laura explore the amazing works and incredible life of someone who managed to harness that power to the benefit of so many: Toni Morrison, Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As they pull back the curtain to look at her work and creative process, Susan and Laura discuss Toni’s ability to center her own world in her writing, the ways in which her philosophies apply directly to their creative work, and exactly how carrot cake fits into it all.

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18 Jan 2023

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On Toni Morrison's "Beloved"

New Books in African American Studies

In 1987, Toni Morrison published her fourth novel, Beloved, based on the story of Margaret Garner, a woman who escaped slavery with her child. Garner and her daughter were discovered by slave catchers. Rather than have her return to slavery, Garner killed her child. In Beloved, Morrison’s character Sethe has a similar story, but years later she meets a young girl who is the incarnation of the daughter she had killed. When Beloved came out, it immediately became Morrison’s most acclaimed work. It was nominated for the National Book Award and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Beloved examines community, motherhood, identity, slavery, freedom, and our relationship to the past. Amy Hungerford is the Vice President for Arts and Sciences as well as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. She is a professor of English and the author of Making Literature Now and The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification. See more information on our website, WritLarge.fm. Follow us on Twitter @WritLargePod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/african-american-studies


9 Nov 2022

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Sula: On Toni Morrison, Freedom & Friendship


Amanda and Ziporah discuss one of their favourite authors, Toni Morrison, as well as what it means to live for yourself versus for your community. Contact us at thestackedpod@gmail.com and follow us on Instagram at: Stacked - https://www.instagram.com/thestackedpod/ Amanda - https://www.instagram.com/amandaafuaa/ Ziporah - https://www.instagram.com/blackandbound/ Credits: AiAi Studios - https://www.instagram.com/aiai.studios/ CC co - https://www.instagram.com/cc_____co/ Acast - https://www.instagram.com/acast/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


3 Nov 2022

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Five Poems for Toni Morrison

ICA Infrequencies

Writers Ifeanyi Awachie, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Leo Hermitt, Selina Nwulu and Kareem Reid gather to share newly commissioned poems created in response to Toni Morrison’s writing and her passing in 2020. This event was part of Five Volumes for Toni Morrison, a convening dedicated to the life and legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning author. Co-curated by ICA Curators Ifeanyi Awachie and Nydia A Swaby, with support from ICA Community Arts Apprentice Aaliyah Kelly-Hibbert. -- Editing: Lorenza Peragine. Mixing: Justin Tam. Design: Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


4 Oct 2022

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Book Talk 53: Paul Edwards on Toni Morrison's "Playing in the Dark"

Think About It

Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination is a must-read for anyone interested in American literature and in the formation of American identity in general. In her short, incisive book, Nobel-prize winner Morrison explores the ways in which canonical authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway conspicuously invented African American characters for their projects of creating American identity – and how critics have deliberately overlooked, ignored or dismissed this dimension of the American canon. Morrison’s point is not to out these writers as racist or to cancel their works but to explain the role of African American figures in the aesthetic and artistic project of inventing American identity and a canon of national literature. I spoke with Paul Edwards, who is my colleague as Assistant Professor of English and Dramatic Literature at New York University and a book reviews editor for The Black Scholar. Professor Edwards’s current book project, The Black Wave: The New Negro Renaissance in Interwar Germany, reveals the effects of the New Negro/Harlem Renaissance in Germany from 1925 to 1938. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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30 Jun 2022

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If Toni Morrison Rewrote Neil Gaiman's Books

Get Booked

Amanda and Jenn discuss spies in romance, books like Our Flag Means Death, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website.This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.FEEDBACKPeach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu, The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Alison Pataki, and By Any Other Name by Lauren KateBOOKS DISCUSSEDAmerican Marriage by Tayari Jones (tw: sexual assault, racism)The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson (cw: drug use, sexual assault, violence, racism)Books Like “Our Flag Means Death”: https://bookriot.com/our-flag-means-death-books/On a Lee Shore by Elin GregoryIn Deeper Waters by FT LukensNonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity by Micah Rajunov, Scott Duane, et alThe Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. CapettaIn the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado (tw: child sexual abuse, human trafficking)Always Only You by Chloe LieseGamechanger by LX Beckett (they/them)American War by Omar El AkkadVeronica Speedwell series by Deanna RaybournSarah MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards seriesCreatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé (cw: lynching, child abuse, sexual abuse)Kate Daniels series by Ilona AndrewsAlyssa Cole’s Loyal League series Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


28 Apr 2022

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Crews | Day 10 | Toni Morrison and Angela Davis

GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp

“I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I'm changing the things I cannot accept.”  - Angela Davis  In a memo to her boss at Random House Publishing, where Toni Morrison worked as an Editor, she wrote of Angela Davis, “she is the fiercest woman I know. And I come from a long line of fierce women.”  This memo was in defense of the young activist, whom Toni herself had contacted and persuaded to write an autobiography at 26.  Toni’s boss had complained that Angela did not show any “humanness,” and seemed too disciplined to be real.  Toni wrote to him with a clap-back for the ages. “Angela is not here to meet your needs.” Angela is not here to perform your fantasy. “Your cry for more humanness,” she wrote, “is constant but I am suspicious of the word. It’s the word white people use when they want to alter a “fearless” or “uppity nigger.”  This memo sits in the archives of Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Toni’s boss’s response is not included, but the record reflects that Toni won the battle and remained editor of the book, and that Angela crafted the story she wanted for herself and the movement.  This...our dear friends, is what it looks like to have your crews back. To take a risk for the people you love and believe in, and to be willing to go the distance for what you know is right.  This is a Black girl love story involving two of the most influential Black women of any generation. It’s a story full of lessons on how to make moves on behalf of those that matter to us. Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music or speech excepts reference or played during this broadcast. You can find original content that was referenced or played here:Womanifesto | Jill Scott:https://open.spotify.com/track/3AzkEYjNuaOUpyqvoWErmz?si=f98a7ec4b2524ba4GirlTrek's #DaughtersOf Conversation with Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esPHDvx_aZcToni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - Exclusive Clip | Angela Davis:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHbjbwNuu-QCount on Me | Whitney Houston:https://open.spotify.com/track/7mVV7fepIMUAE4FDyihupV?si=83de7ebc80514656


17 Apr 2022

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Oprah Loves Toni Morrison


Perhaps no guest has infatuated Oprah as much as Toni Morrison. We break down Morrison’s appearances on the show, her place in the Oprah Book Club, and how Oprah served as a bridge between Morrison’s work and wider audiences for decades and decades. Special Guest: Dennis Tyler of Fordham University, who teaches a course on Oprah’s Book Club! Find lots more on our website — Oprahdemics.com Producer Nina Earnest, Executive Producer Jody Avirgan. Artwork by Jonathan Conda. Oprahdemics is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Your support helps foster independent, artist-owned podcasts and award-winning stories. If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: Oprahdemics.com


13 Apr 2022

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Ep. 208 A Mercy by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Imani Perry)

The Stacks

Today on The Stacks Book Club we speak again with Imani Perry, author of the New York Times bestselling South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. In our discussion of Toni Morrison's novel A Mercy, we talk destroying ourselves over heartbreak, treating people tenderly and the book's central metaphor of the house. We also touch on the seduction of beauty, and breathlessness.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/30/ep-208-a-mercyBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our April book club pick will be! Connect with Imani: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


30 Mar 2022

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32: Brighton Writers of Historical Fiction and Toni Morrison's RECITATIF

The Brighton Book Club

On this episode, we talk to three Brighton-based writers of Historical fiction: Fran Quinn, author of THE SMALLEST MAN, Jacquie Bloese, author of THE FRENCH HOUSE and Caraline Brown, author of THE CANDLELIT MENAGERIE. Caitlin Gleeson speaks to art historian and curator Alexandra Loske, curator at Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museums, and Anna discusses this month’s book club book – Toni Morrison's only short story – RECITATIF with fellow book podcaster, Sarah Ozo-Irabor from Books & Rhymes. Our next episode is a Brighton Fringe special We’ll be joined by some amazing guests who are performing at the landmark festival. Their programme is out now, so get booking your tickets! We’ll also be joined by Brighton-based thriller writer, Jack Jordan, introducing his forthcoming book, DO NO HARM. Our next book club book – inspired by Jack – is Sarah Walters’ Fingersmith.


27 Mar 2022