RIP Toni Morrison, 1931 – 2019

I was saddened to hear that Nobel (Nobel Lecture) and Pulitzer prize winning author of such luminary works as Beloved and Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison, passed away last night.

Barack Obama said of her:

Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.

Truly, there is a little less beauty in the world today with her passing. For me, personally, as a writer, never did her words ring more true than her oft quoted words:

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

You will be deeply missed, Ms. Morrison, but your words live on. Words to live by now and always.


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  1. Oh, the world just lot one of the most significant writers of our time.

    Thanks for this post, Alexandra.

    • Alexandra
      August 6, 2019

      When I heard this morning I was like, no, it can be true. I didn’t know how old she was, so it really took me by surprise. She was a voice for so many, and her amazing body of work will, I hope, stand testament to her as a great legacy, Jonetta!

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