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ALL ARTS Vault: Toni Morrison

Friday, January 18, 2019 | SHARE

Premieres Tuesday, January 29 at 8 p.m. on ALL ARTS



Dive into the archive and explore this rare and intimate 1978 profile of Nobel-Prize winning author Toni Morrison. Originally airing shortly after the publication of Morrison’s third novel, Song of Solomon, this program features candid interviews with the author as well as Morrison reading extended excerpts from her first three novels.

About Toni Morrison:

Toni Morrison is an award-winning novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor. She won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved, which was adapted into a film starring Oprah and Danny Glover in 1998. Some other notable awards in her career include the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. 

Buzzworthy Moments:

  • Glimpses into Morrison’s life as a newly divorced single mother
  • Morrison reveals the inspiration for a central theme of Song of Solomon
  • A rare look at Morrison’s daily working life as an editor for Random House, where she became the first black woman to become a senior editor in their fiction department
  • Readings from The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Song of Solomon with insights from the author

Series Overview:

Step into the ALL ARTS Vault, the place to go for special access to all things arts. Join us as we uncover some of our greatest gems and present programs as they would’ve been seen decades ago when they first aired. The Vault houses a rich programming history of over 50 years of content, including intimate archival programs featuring Meryl Streep, Toni Morrison, Aaron Copland and Edward Hopper.

Premiere Dates for Upcoming Series Episodes Include:

  • ALL ARTS Vault: Chinua Achebe premieres Tuesday, February 5 at 8 p.m.
  • ALL ARTS Vault: Aaron Copland Part 1 premieres Tuesday, February 12 at 8 p.m.
  • ALL ARTS Vault: Aaron Copland Part 2 premieres Tuesday, February 19 at 8 p.m.
  • ALL ARTS Vault: Joseph Albers premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 8 p.m.

Run Time: 30 minutes

Production Credits:

ALL ARTS Vault is a production of WLIW LLC for WNET. Jake King is Producer and Writer. For ALL ARTS Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Diane Masciale is Executive in Charge.


Leadership support for ALL ARTS is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and The Agnes Varis Trust.

Early Screener: Available upon request




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