CANCELED: Toni Morrison Tribute

Wed. Mar 18, 2020 at 7:00pm EDT
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An evening of performances and conversations pays tribute to Library Lion, Trustee, and American icon Toni Morrison and the enduring power of her Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, Beloved.


  • Nicole Dennis-Benn, Young Lions Fiction Award finalsist, author of Here Comes the Sun, and Patsy

  • Brandon Dirden, actor, All The Way

  • Erroll McDonald, Vice President and Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday division of Penguin Random House

  • Tony Marx, President, The New York Public Library

  • Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer, and artist

  • Imani Perry, author and Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

  • Tonya Pinkins, Tony Award-winning actress 

  • Dr. Dana A. Williams, Professor of African American Literature and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at Howard University

Few books have inspired, moved, and changed readers more than Toni Morrison’s Beloved. To honor its creator—a Library Lion and Lifetime Trustee—an all-star lineup of writers, actors, and thinkers will return to Morrison’s indelible work with readings, performances, and conversations.

Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison was hailed last year by Oprah Winfrey as “our conscience, she is our seer, she is our truth-teller.” Beloved, originally published in 1987, found Morrison at the height of her powers, “trying,” as she herself wrote, “to make the slave experience render enslavement as a personal experience.” Whether you are discovering the story of Sethe, Denver, Beloved, and Paul D for the first time, or they live on in your well-worn copy of the book, join us in paying tribute to Morrison’s masterpiece. 

Produced in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus and support the City's efforts to promote social distancing, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building has suspended all programming and events at our research center through March 31. At this time, our location remains open during our regular hours. For updates and more information, please visit

Accordingly, this event has been canceled. We regret the need to take this action, and we hope you'll understand the need to do so. Those who purchased tickets to this event have been automatically refunded. 


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The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of The New York Public Library.

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Celeste Bartos Forum The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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