Banned Books, LIVE from NYPL: Read Banned Books: Toni Morrison Tribute

Event Details

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.

Few books have inspired, moved, and changed readers more than Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Few books have also been more challenged by those who would seek to censor and ban works of art. 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.


  • Erroll McDonald, Vice President and Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday division of Penguin Random House
  • Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of Libertie and We Love You, Charlie Freeman
  • Alicia Hall Moran, vocalist and composer
  • Imani Perry, author and Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University
  • more to be announced!

Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison was hailed 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 intimate…to 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 LIVE from NYPL

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