Posted on 11/22/2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A star-studded celebration of writer Toni Morrison took place last night in Manhattan’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Oprah Winfrey, Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Edwidge Danticat, and Fran Lebowitz were among those who shared personal and professional memories of the hugely influential and bestselling author, who died August 5.

Morrison is best known for Song of Solomon, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

She is also the first African-American woman to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom presented from President Barack Obama.

Read how those accomplishments affected others — and enjoy glimpses of Morrison as a person — in the Associated Press's coverage of her memorial.

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