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Chicago Public Library Thu Jul 22 2010

Toni Morrison Selected as One Book, One Chicago Author

The Chicago-wide book club known as "One Book, One Chicago" announced its fall 2010 selection: A Mercy, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's 2008 novel. Set in the late 17th century, the novel centers on the lives of slaves, slave owners, and others on a Northeast American farm, and how they struggle to survive in an often-cruel world.

Like it's done for One Book, One Chicago selections in the past, the Chicago Public Library has announced several events that will go along with the book throughout the fall, including:

  • A September 7 kick-off event at the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.), where Dwight McBride, dean of UIC's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak about Morrison as a leading American intellectual.

  • An October 16 film screening and discussion of Morrison's Beloved at the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St.

  • An October 19 reading and talk by Morrison herself (!) at the Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave.). Although it's free, tickets are still required and will be available after August 11 through the Symphony Center Box Office (312-294-3000).

  • A ten-week course offered by the DePaul English department, called Imperfect Community: Toni Morrison's Vision of Social Engagement.

  • Open studio hours at Harold Washington Library's YOUmedia space throughout the summer and into fall to create your own oral history, "in the spirit of the book and the African American tradition of oral histories," writes the CPL. The space will be open on Saturdays through August and on Fridays in September.

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