The citywide reading initiative, ONE BOOK, ONE CHICAGO, has just announced its Fall 2010 selection is the Toni Morrison novel "A Mercy." "A Mercy," is the Pulitzer Prize winning author's ninth novel. Published in 2008, the New York Times Book Review selected "A Mercy" as one of the "10 Best Books of 2008." The book examines the beginning of slavery in America's late seventeenth century-- a period during which America was far more diverse and complex than has often been portrayed. Some critics call "A Mercy," Morrison's deepest excavation into America's slave history yet.
TONI MORRISON was the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1993). She was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in Lorain, Ohio in 1931.
Although best known for her novels, Morrison has also written non-fiction, children's literature, plays, short stories and a libretto. Morisson made her
debut as a novelist with "The Bluest Eye" in 1970. It was not long before she gained the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her epic power, unerring ear for dialogue and poetically-charged depictions of Black America.
Her 1987 novel, "Beloved" won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a movie starring Oprah Winfrey. "Beloved" was named the best work of American fiction of the past 25 years in a survey of writers and literary critics conducted by "The New York Times."
One Book One Chicago will be offering a series of events and programs relating to the novel, "A Mercy," starting with the kick off event September 7. The following events were announced in the August 17 press release from the Chicago Public Library.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 6:00p.m.
Lecture and Performance and Complimentary Books.
The opening event of this fall's 2010 One Book, Once Chicago programming will feature Dr. Dwight McBride, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UIC and Professor of African American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies, in a lecture on Toni Morrison's importance as a novelist and an American intellectual. The lecture will be followed by brief performance from the opera Margaret Garner, for which Ms. Morrison wrote the libretto, with help from the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera. Complimentary copies of "A Mercy" will be given to the first 365 guests. Free event, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, lower level, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7:00p.m.
TONI MORRISON in Person.
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison will talk about her life, work and "A Mercy" presented by the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the McCormick Foundation at Orchestra Hall in the Chicago Symphony Center. Tickets are required and can be ordered online at www.cso.org or 312 294 3000. Event is free but a $5 handling charge will be applied per order. Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010.
TONI MORRISON and OPRAH WINFREY in Conversation.
The Carl Sandburg Literary Award Dinner will feature a conversation with Toni Morrison and Oprah Winfrey. The evening will honor this year's literary award winners including Professor Morrison, and Northwestern University Artist in Residence Eula Bliss. Individual tickets are $1,000 or $2,500. Tables of ten start at $10,000. Funds benefit the Chicago Public Library Foundation. To purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships contact Rebecca Spence at 312 201 9830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.