Morrison named recipient of Ohioana Book Award
Posted October 4, 2004; 12:02 a.m.
Toni Morrison , the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities at Princeton, has been selected to receive a book award from the Ohioana Library Association for her eighth novel, "Love" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003).
These awards have been given annually since 1942 to recognize outstanding books written by Ohioans or about Ohio. The is the sixth Ohioana award for Morrison, who was born in Lorain, Ohio.
Also the recipient of major international honors, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993. She was the first African-American winner and the first woman to win since 1938. She won the 2000 National Humanities Medal for her contributions to American cultural life and thought, the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for "Beloved" and the National Book Critics Award in 1977 for "Song of Solomon." Her other novels include "The Bluest Eye," "Sula," "Tar Baby," "Jazz" and "Paradise."
In addition to enriching the field of literature, Morrison has created collaborative works with artists in other disciplines, including Kathleen Battle, Bill T. Jones, Andre Previn, Richard Danielpour and Jessye Norman. This kind of collaboration inspired her to create the Princeton Atelier, where students and artists from different media create works that are then performed or exhibited.
The 2004 Ohioana Awards will be presented during a luncheon at the Oct. 16 Ohioana Day Celebration in Columbus.
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