Remembering Toni Morrison: Film Screening and Book Sales

Remembering Toni Morrison: Film Screening and Book Sales

Sunday, Sep 08, 2019 3:00 PM

Location:
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

The Baton Foundation, in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a screening of the recently released documentary, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (June 2019). A Cappella will have many of Morrison’s books available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public.

Please note the 3 p.m. start time. The event start time was incorrectly listed as 2 p.m. in previous communications. We apologize for any confusion and look forward to seeing you at 3.

About the Film

After a stint as an editor early in her career, author Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for a Black audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools and universities around the world.

Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

NOTE: Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the library. You may secure a parking pass from the library’s concierge desk. Also, recording of any kind is not permitted at Baton Foundation events.