Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s Papers Find a Home at Princeton

The papers of Toni Morrison | Don Skemer, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

The papers of Toni Morrison | Don Skemer, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

During Princeton University‘s “Coming Back: Reconnecting Princeton’s Black Alumni” conference last week, President Christopher L. Eisgruber announced that the papers of Toni Morrison have found a permanent home in the collections of Firestone Library. The collection includes manuscripts and drafts of Morrison’s novels The Bluest Eye, BelovedSong of Solomon and more, and will join other important works in the Manuscript Division of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Morrison served on the Princeton faculty for 17 years from 1989 to 1996. A year before joining the Princeton staff, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Beloved and then became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993. At Commencement in 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University.

An exhibit of the author’s papers, which also includes correspondences, lyrics, lectures, photographs, and more, will be on display now through Monday, November 24th in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library. The manuscript of Morrison’s forthcoming novel is expected to join the collection in the near future.

7 Shows to See in Philly This Week: Bryan Adams, Capital Cities, Cold War Kids, Misfits, and More



READ THIS: Superstorm Tells the Story of Hurricane Sandy and Its Costly Aftermath

superstorm jacketRight around this time two years ago, Hurricane Sandy changed the way we look at weather phenomena. A new book by journalist Kathryn MilesSuperstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, takes an unprecedented look inside the storm that ravaged the Atlantic coast in 2012.

Released just last week, Miles’s narrative dives into the human aspect of the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, following the hurricane/cyclone hybrid from its birth in the Caribbean to when it hit land in New Jersey.

Rather than just laying out the meteorological effects of the storm, Miles explores how the nine days of freak weather affected emergency responders, weather forecasters, victims, and survivors. Local residents who experienced the storm firsthand are sure to be entertained—and just may pick up a few tips about what to expect from our next disaster.

The Sincerity Project, Candy Volcano and More Comprise FringeArts’ Edgy Fall Lineup

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Candy Volcano | FringeArts

If you’re looking for cutting-edge live arts and experiences this fall, look no further than FringeArts. Its autumn lineup comes on the heels of a record-breaking 2014 Fringe Festival and includes performances at La Peg, the on-site restaurant and beer garden serving as a the cultural center of the Delaware waterfront.

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TONIGHT: Bradley Cooper Visits The Tonight Show

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Get your DVRs ready: A-list actor and local favorite Bradley Cooper will appear on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside Neil Diamond. If his last appearance on The Tonight Show is any indication, he may get into some shenanigans with fellow famous people. Or maybe he’ll teach Jimmy how to shut up a Giants fan. But really, he’ll probably chat about his upcoming film, Serena, co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, or his upcoming Broadway role in The Elephant Man.

Tune in to NBC at 11:35 p.m. to see what happens.

8 Halloween Events in Philly That Are Just For Kids

Painting pumpkins at last year's Fall Festival + Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue.

Painting pumpkins at last year’s Fall Festival + Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue.

We’ve already told you about all the spooky, ghoulish events around the city this month, but what about the little trick-or-treaters? There’s plenty of kid-friendly Halloween fun in Philly, too, and we’ve rounded it up for you.

Boo at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Boo at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Boo at the Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts two weekends of not-so-scary activities so kids can celebrate Halloween in costume with their favorite zoo animals. There will be live music, food, games, and more, all included with general admission. October 18th and 19th, and October 25th and 26th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue.

Halloween in Manayunk
Enjoy a family movie night on Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the newly opened Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center. Trick-or-treat along Main Street and head to Fall Fest on Saturday. Most activities are free and open to the public. Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, times and locations vary

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Ben Franklin, Phillie Phanatic and Other Philly Characters Come Together for Fellow Entertainer With Cancer

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Billy Edwards with Historic Philadelphia

Professional actor Billy Edwards has spent the past 15 years entertaining Philadelphia as some of the city’s most beloved figures. He has worked as a costumed History Maker and Storyteller at Historic Philadelphia Inc., a Duck Boat guide at Ride the Ducks, a Santa at Macy’s Dickens’ Village, a Phanstormer for the Philadelphia Phillies, at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary and much more.

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Mayor Nutter to Donate 2008 Phillies World Series Ring to Philadelphia History Museum’s Baseball Collection

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Tonight Mayor and First Lady Nutter will be honored at a special event by the Philadelphia History Museum for their contributions to the city and its history. The first-ever City Social is being held in the museum’s historic building and garden to raise support and awareness for the museum and its exhibitions.

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Boyz II Men Return to Their Alma Mater for Special Concert Performance

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It looks like Boyz II Men will be making another homecoming appearance this week. The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum R&B group will perform live where they first met, at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts, Tuesday, October 14th. The invitation-only show, “Up Close & Personal with Boyz II Men,” is hosted by SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul Channel 48 and the live recording will be broadcast on Heart & Soul Tuesday, October 21st at 5 p.m.

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