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Selected Interviews/Readings/Talks with Toni Morrison

  • Novelist Toni Morrison in a Probing 1998 Interview with Ed Bradley
     In 1998, Morrison was profiled on "60 Minutes" by correspondent Ed Bradley. The author told Bradley she wanted to make her activities stand for something because of a debt she felt to her family and her community. She also talked about exploring America's history of race relations with her writing.

  • An Evening with Toni Morrison
    Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison speaks about her life and her work. The evening includes readings from Ms. Morrison's most recent novel, A Mercy, and her forthcoming novel. After the readings she takes questions from the audience.

  • Toni Morrison Talks to Peter Florence
    The novelist discusses her novel, Beloved. This book looks at slavery and racism in America. It is set after the American Civil War. It was inspired by the story of Margaret Garner, a Black woman who escaped slavery in Kentucky by fleeing to Ohio, a free state.

  • Toni Morrison on the Importance of Writing in the Face of Hate
    Toni Morrison talks with Farrah Jasmine Griffin about the importance of artists "pushing through" the dark times to create your work. 

  • Does Your Face Light Up?
    One of Oprah Winfrey's greatest lessons in the '90s was that everybody just wants to be appreciated or validated. She had an aha! moment in 2000 when Toni Morrison, author of The Bluest Eye, was on the show asking, "Does your face light up [when you see children]?" because that allows your face to speak how your heart feels.