A Toni Morrison Marathon: Join Me!

Posted February 21, 2012 by Heather in Read-alongs / 4 Comments

Toni Morrison
photo: Ron Brown Scholar Program website

So. Let’s talk about Toni Morrison for a moment, shall we? Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison has a new novel coming out in May, which I reviewed here yesterday. In honor of Morrison’s forthcoming novel, the good folks at Book Riot have declared May 8th “Toni Morrison Day,” and they have a bunch of great stuff planned for their site leading up to this new reading holiday. To prepare for Toni Morrison Day, Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog–and Associate Editor/Community Manager of Book Riot–is re-reading Morrison’s entire backlist of fiction and has asked interested readers to join her. How could I resist? I love Toni Morrison–she’s one of my favorite authors, and, truth be told, she’s one of my favorite people in the public sphere. She’s an amazing writer and an amazing person.

Here is the list of Morrison’s novels that we’ll be reading between now and May 8th:

  • The Bluest Eye (1970)
  • Sula (1974)
  • Song of Solomon (1977)
  • Tar Baby (1981)
  • Beloved (1987)
  • Jazz (1992)
  • Paradise (1997)
  • Love (2003)
  • A Mercy (2008)

Then on May 8th, we’ll be reading Toni Morrison’s new novel, Home. I am really excited about this Morrison marathon–I had already intended to re-read The Bluest Eye this year, and it will be interesting to read her books in the order that they were written.

What do you say, friends? Will you join us? There are a bunch of people whom I’d like to see read along with us (I’m looking at you @Anti_Intellect, @mssarahbellum, and @SunsetSoFresh), and there is no set schedule for the reading–read at your own pace and just enjoy Morrison’s beautiful writing. That’s what it’s all about.

Happy Reading!