On February 18th, Toni Morrison celebrated her 86th birthday. This winter, she is working on writing projects, including the completion of her 12th novel! In March of this year, she will be honored in an exhibit in the United Nations Lobby. The exhibit (March 3-25th) is part of a series of United Nations programs highlighting its annual International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This years theme, Remembering Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent, addresses the causes and consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the legacies of people of African descent that have helped to shape societies around the world, including contributions in the areas of technology and culture.

In April, Toni Morrison will be awarded the Emerson-Thoreau Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she will receive the 2017 Distinguished Service to the Library Community from the Authors Guild in New York City.

Congratulations to Toni Morrison on these achievements and our best wishes on the occasion of her 86th Birthday!