Saturday, February 24, 2024

Toni Morrison, Critically Acclaimed and Best Selling Author of “Song of Solomon,” “Beloved,” Dead at Age 88


Trail blazing writer Toni Morrison has died at age 88.

The award winning author of “Song of Solomon,” “Beloved,” “The Bluest Eye,” and other novels was a beacon for everyone, but especially black women. Her long list of awards includes the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature. In 2012, she received the real Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama.

When I went to work at Random House in the early 80s, Toni was a working editor at the company. Everyone in the building could feel the swell of pride that had carried over from her winning the National Book Critics Circle award for “Song of Solomon” in 1977. It was only the beginning of an extraordinary career and life.

God bless.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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