This week the life of a literary great expired. We say goodbye to Toni Morrison.
At the bottom of this post is a special collection of remembrances from others. I tried to include most of the best of what I saw.
Is there an article or tribute about Morrison you read that I didn’t include? Paste it as a link in the comments and I’ll check it out.
If you read one thing I share with you this week, make it this interview with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim.
Also this week I started reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me. And while I haven’t yet read this Vanity Fair profile of the writer, it’s on my weekend TBR list.
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This and That
- You and your canine friend can join authors such as Emma Straub and Gilbert King a this “pup-up” reading room in Brooklyn.
- Timekeeping used to be only for the rich. Then Mark Twain endeavored to bring watches to the masses.
- The Fault in Our Stars author John Green has a new podcast in which he rates, um, things.
- This organization turns vacant lots in Cleveland into children’s book scenes.
- Here’s a peek at how Jean Kwok chose the three narrators for the audiobook version of her novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee.
- Rapper Noname has a book club.
Youthink your cat has an attitude? Here are the meanest cats in literature.
- I posted about books as art earlier this week. And now this article on book DIY wall art.
- Looking for your next book? Ann Patchett’s bookstore lists 25 books for you to consider.
- All of Reese Witherspoon’s book recommendations in one place.
- If non-fiction is more your jam, here are 17 non-fiction books.
- Love Orange
isthe New Black? Then you may enjoy these books.
- Hey plant lovers, here are 15 books for you.
New Book News
- Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are releasing a book of Gutsy Women.
- Author Kristin Hamel, whose novel The Winemaker’s Wife is released in the U.S. on Tuesday, is celebrating Canadian success.
- The “Angelina Ballerina” picture books are coming back.
- Here are seven new books coming out this month.
- And the Goodreads editorial team lists their most-anticipated August releases.
- This article asks, are Instagram poems legit?
- Poet Bob Hicock complains that no one cares about white male poets anymore, and Timothy Yu rebuts.
- Valentino Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli and poet Yrsa Daley Ward are combining handbags and poems.
- A visit to the Poet’s Corner in San Francisco’s Ina
Goodbye, Toni Morrison
- Tayari Jones Shares an Appreciation of Toni Morrison – NPR
- Remembering Toni – The Paris Review
- How Toni Morrison Changed Fiction – New York Daily News
- Oprah Reacts to Toni Morrison’s Death – The Oprah Magazine
- Toni Morrison and What Our Mothers Couldn’t Say – The New Yorker
- The Freedom of Toni Morrison – Georgetowner
- Toni Morrison Remembered by Poet Kwame Alexander – NPR
- How Toni Morrison Changed Me as an 18-Year-Old Author – Teen Vogue
- Remembering Toni Morrison’s ‘beautiful human urgency’ – PBS Newshour
- The Magnitude of Toni Morrison – The Atlantic
- Don’t Call Toni Morrison a Poet – The New York Times
- Toni Morrison’s Language of Love – The Village Voice
- Canadian Poets On the Legacy of Toni Morrison – CBC
- How Toni Morrison Changed My Life – Read It Forward
- Tribute to Toni Morrison – PEN America
- Toni Morrison’s First Opera Made Its Debut in Detroit – Detroit Free Press
- 7 Metro Phoenix Creatives Share Reflections on Writer Toni Morrison – Phoenix New Times
- Toni Morrison’s Lasting Legacy on Hilton Head Island – WSAV
- Howard University Mourns Iconic Author Toni Morrison, a Star Alumna – WJLA
- Also, Toni Morrison’s Impact on Sullivan’s Island – Charleston City Paper
Toni Morrison Reading Guides
- The Essential Toni Morrison Reader – The New York Times
- Where to Start If You Haven’t Read Enough of Toni Morrison’s Books – TIME
- EW’s Guide to 15 Brilliant, Essential Toni Morrison Books – Entertainment Weekly
- The Toni Morrison Syllabus – The Ringer