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Toni Morrison: The Pieces She Is…

September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - September 30, 2020 @ 1:30 pm


Toni Morrison: The Pieces She Is…

Three Wednesdays, September 16, 23 and 30, 12:00–1:30 P.M.

Three Wednesdays, September 16, 23, and 30, 12:00–1:30 P.M.

In her acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Toni Morrison said it is an elemental truth that “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” She thought of writing partly as a living thing, but mostly as agency­­—as an act with consequences. Through her novels, Ms. Morrison widened the sensibilities of readers by giving voice to African-American characters and context for their stories, which had never before been told.

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton,
Houston’s poet laureate emeritus, will begin the course with Ms. Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), and follow her evolution as a writer through Sula (1973) and Beloved (1987). Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known poet, educator, activist, and author of Newsworthy (Bloomsday Literary). As executive director of VIP Arts Houston, Ms. Mouton seeks to build bridges that amplify the voices of artists around the nation. She wrote the libretto for Marian’s Song, a Houston Grand Opera commission that premiered in March 2020. The three novels for this series will be read in the order mentioned above.


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September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
September 30, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
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