It’s with a heavy heart that I report Toni Morrison, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of great literary works including “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon” and “Sula” has passed away.

She was 88.

Via CNN:

Morrison’s novels gazed unflinchingly on the lives of African Americans and told their stories with a singular lyricism, from the post-Civil War maelstrom of “Beloved” to the colonial setting of “A Mercy” to the modern yet classic dilemmas depicted in her 11th novel, “God Help the Child.

“Her talent for intertwining the stark realities of black life with hints of magical realism and breathtaking prose gained Morrison a loyal literary following.

She was lauded for her ability to mount complex characters and build historically dense worlds distant in time yet eerily familiar to the modern reader.

Watch the trailer below for Toni Morrison’s forthcoming documentary: “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.”

Rest in paradise, Queen.

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