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Toni Morrison, American novelist, editor, and professor, will be celebrated at Virginia Tech this fall at an event titled Sheer Good Fortune. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and limited to two per person. Learn more about the event and how to register for tickets.
Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988, for “Beloved,” which was adapted into a film starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998. In 1993, Morrison won the Nobel Prize in literature. In 2006, a survey of writers and literary critics by The New York Times ranked “Beloved” as the best of work of American fiction from the previous 25 years.
Sheer Good Fortune’s hosts, pictured above, will be the poet Maya Angelou (seated), the poet and Virginia Tech Professor of of English Nikki Giovanni (right), and James Madison University Professor of English Joanne Gabbin.
The event is being presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and is receiving funding from the university’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Endowed Lecture Fund.
On Thursday, April 29, 2010, noted English professors Virginia Fowler and Nikki Giovanni were recognized for their generous contribution to The Campaign for Virginia Tech: Invent the Future.
Fowler and Giovanni announced that they were establishing a fund named “The Answer is Yes: Fowler-Giovanni English Department Program Endowment.”
Read the announcement.