Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Toni Morrison..."A True Writer of Many Words"

Read the words below and then we will discuss..
Someone leans near
And sees the salt your eyes have shed.
You wait, longing to hear
Words of reason, love or play
To lash or lull you toward the hollow day.
Silence kneads your fear
Of crumbled star-ash sifting down
Clouding the rooms here, here.
You shore up your heart to run. To stay.
But no sign or design marks the narrow way.
Then on your skin a breath caresses
The salt your eyes have shed.
And you remember a call clear, so clear
“You will never die again.”
Once more you know
You will never die again.

This beautiful poem was created by a writer who sadly passed away recently at the age of 88. She earned plenty of well-deserved accolades that included 26 awards, most notably the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Nobel Prize in Fiction.  

Who is this writer you may ask?…..well it's Toni Morrison.

And interestingly enough she did not pen her books with her real name, “Chloe Anthony Woffard,” I wondered about the name change, and my research reveals that she had a good reason.  She changed her first name to Toni because people kept mispronouncing Chloe, and followed it up with Morrison which was her married name.  In my opinion Toni Morrison was a perfect choice.

As a Librarian, I am amazed at the many pieces of literature Ms. Morrison contributed to this world. She wrote over 40 literary works giving insight into her world of a black person in America.

Now, let's talk about the Logue Library.....

Here is a picture of the display created in Ms. Morrison’s honor.

If you search on the topic of Toni Morrison you will receive over 213 results in our catalog which includes over 5 eBooks and 18 Print Books on this popular author. 

Some of our books include:

You can also see some of the books mentioned in this blog on our Toni Morrison Tribute page.  
Feel free to comment on this blog.
What book listed above would you most likely read?
Posted by J Presley, Systems Management Librarian
Special Thanks to Sister Mary Jo Larkin, Dean for Library and Info Resources for creating the display.

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