Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Toni Morrison Burn This Book

"BURN THIS BOOK is a collection of essays about censorship; written by some of today’s most talented writers, and edited by Toni Morrison. The book was published by HarperCollins in May 2009. . . . It was born out of a speech last April that Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison gave at the PEN International Festival dinner. Morrison observed that night, “A writer’s life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity.” As she paid tribute to the difficulties and challenges writers face in many parts of the world, she also reflected on the steep price we all pay when voices are silenced. This powerful, incantatory talk sparked a notion for a book of essays that would explore the issue and impact of censorship in the world.

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