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Sunday Shorts at Red Star Galerie

Sunday Shorts at Red Star Galerie

MelaNated Writers Collective and Peauxdunque Writers Alliance present Sunday Shorts, a four-week reading series featuring short stories and works of prose from writers from both groups.
Literary Late Night: MelaNated Writers Collective Joins the Tennessee Williams Fest

Literary Late Night: MelaNated Writers Collective Joins the Tennessee Williams Fest

MelaNated Writers Collective is bringing its “Literary Jook Joint” to the Tennessee Williams Festival.
Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

AndWeWereHungry – an online arts and literary magazine – is now accepting submissions for the debut of its web magazine.
Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge!

Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge!

  Welcome! Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge. There are so many lenses through which we can experience Morrison’s collection of work, and we look forward to trying as many of them on as possible.
MelaNated Jook Joint: Cafe Treme

MelaNated Jook Joint: Cafe Treme

MelaNated Writers Collective hosts a poetry jook joint at Cafe Treme in New Orleans to showcase renowned poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, Dec. 3, 2012.
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Tar Baby

Tar Baby

Toni  Morrison has uplifted and “colorfied” the canon of American literature, adding a texture and richness that is nothing less than awe-inspiring. After reading Tar Baby for the second time now in my adult life, I have a more profound understanding of the characters and of this moment in American history. In our republic, even...

Discussion Question 2

Much like any young couple in love, Jadine and Son wrestle with their own insecurities and inner turmoil even as they fiercely love one another. Their love affair can arguably be described as unrelenting, but ultimately conditional. How does Jadine and Son’s relationship compare to contemporary African-American, heterosexual relationships in America? What are the similarities...

Discussion Question 3

A race traitor can be defined as, “a person who dissociates from and harbors a racist perspective on his or her own race or ethnic group.” –Andrew W.A. LaVallee A race traitor is not to be confused with race assimilation.  How does Jadine symbolize a race traitor? Can you think of any race traitors today...

Discussion Question 1

“At 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 18th of February, 1931, I will take off from Mercy and fly away on my own wings.”   Toni Morrison craftily begins Song of Solomon with a montage of the narrative. All the key characters come together as the flight of a seemingly delusional man is juxtaposed with the...

Song of Solomon

I suppose most of us ‘find’ ourselves around the same time in our lives. As we leave our teenage years and enter into adulthood we come to the crossroads of accepting that we will set aside our ideals and become our parents and ancestors. Or perhaps we figure out that our ideals have always been...

Louisiana State Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

From The Advocate In celebration of National Poetry Month, the State Library of Louisiana is holding the third annual “Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets.”
#MorrisonChallenge: Sula and Nola Darling

#MorrisonChallenge: Sula and Nola Darling

#MorrisonChallenge Question 1 on Sula: In Spike Lee’s debut feature length film, She’s Gotta Have It, how is the leading lady Nola Darling a contemporary iteration of Sula? What are Sula/Nola Darling’s similarities? Differences?          

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 6

The Toni Morrison 2013 Novel Challenge is in action!  We are hearing from several people that discussions will be more lively next week because many are focusing on just beginning to read the book this week.  In the meantime, we’d love to hear about your connection to The Bluest Eye.  Why are you reading The...

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 5

“Quiet as it’s kept, there were no marigolds in the fall of 1941. We thought, at the time, that it was because Pecola was having her father’s baby that the marigolds did not grow.” With these lines Morrison’s child narrator, Claudia MacTeer, invites the reader into a troubling community secret: the incestuous rape of her...

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 4

Cherub Chopp Stewart posted about her experience as a substitute teacher  yesterday on another social network wall in light of Dr. King’s birthday, but also applies to  characters in The Bluest Eye.   How do her students’ actions compare/contrast with the children in The Bluest Eye?  Have you experienced something similar?   “so i taught...

The Bluest Eye Discussion Question 3

What humilations and abuses do characters in The Bluest Eye experience that lead to their ability to harm others?  How do characters in The Bluest Eye play a role in their own dehumanization?    

The Bluest Eye: Discussion Question 2

For some, reading The Bluest Eye is like dredging up a painful family memory. There is a strong tendency to leave secrets buried in the family history, the less said the better, or as the opening line of the book puts it-“Quiet as it’s kept…”  How does this internalized trauma manifest in the actions of...