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Toni Morrison remembered by Walter Mosley

18 February 1931 - 5 August 2019
The US crime writer remembers a literary great whose deep intellect, humanity and moral force inspired a generation of black Americans

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• Read the Observer’s obituaries of 2019 in fullToni Morrison and I had that certain kind of friendship common among w we saw each other at literary gatherings such as readings, galas and sometimes at special events. So, it was a surprise some 18 years ago when she asked me, along with the poet Rita Dove, to emcee her 70th birthday. I was deeply honoured and had a great time with Rita winnowing down the long introductions that some of the presenters asked for.That was a room filled with love. Everyone, it seemed, was there, from Angela Davis to Oprah Winfrey to the great Igbo novelist Chinua Achebe. The love contained in that room was cast from a material drawn from the soul of suffering, liberation, and gratitude for the great woman’s ability to shine a light on wounds so deep and so old that the victims were barely aware of their infirmities. Continue reading...

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