Toni Morrison delights during career review at Kleinhans

Nobel Prize-winning author addresses sold-out crowd in Buffalo Courtesy of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | All the makings of a historic night were visible at Kleinhans on Thursday night. Renowned author Toni Morrison took the stage in another installment of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s 2017-18 BABEL series. Morrison, speaking on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s address in the same venue, discussed her lengthy career and discussed each of her 11 well-read novels. Before the main event, singer-songwriter Drea d’Nur opened the evening with a dose of soul. The artist played a deep ranging rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come” met with thunderous applause. Barbara Cole, artistic director of the Just Buffalo Literary Center followed with recollections of King’s address at the venue. Cole said there’s still great lengths for America to go to solve issues of racial injustice. Morrison kicked off her address by noting Buffalo’s large size and beautiful architecture, right before “dauntingly” referencing the speech’s relationship to King’s historic address. King’s historic shadow may have been cast over the venue, but the author made it her night. She recalled a recent mis-count she had on her novels and said writing had never been “preordained” […]

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