Toni Morrison, the last specifically American novelist to win the Nobel Prize, was announced Thursday evening to be the headliner of the 2017-2018 season of Babel, the remarkable literary reading series sponsored by the Just Buffalo Literary Center.
Morrison was an Oprah Winfrey show favorite and remains one of the most famous writers in America. She won the Nobel in 1993. She is the author of "Beloved," "Sula" and "Jazz," among 11 other novels. She will come to Buffalo to read from her work and speak on Nov. 9, a date of some local significance because it was the date that Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech in Kleinhans in 1967.
Babel's new season was announced at Thursday's Babel reading by Dave Eggers in Kleinhans Music Hall, where all Babel events take place.
Other writers who will appear in the coming Babel series are:
Oct. 12 - Terry Tempest Williams, conservationist writer whose most recent book was "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's Parks."
March 23 - Viet Thanh Nguyen, the first Vietnamese writer to appear in the Babel series, a Pulitzer Prize winner for 'The Sympathizer."
April 20 - Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize and Macarthur "Genius Grant" winner and Dominican-American author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," an enormously accomplished novel. His previous collection of stories was called "Drown" and his subsequent story collection was called "This Is How You Lose Her."