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Author Toni Morrison weighs in on the Baltimore protests: 'I'm hoping that it makes a difference'

With harrowing novels like The Bluest Eye, where a young black girl from Ohio feels inferior because of the color of her skin, Toni Morrison has never shied away from racial discussions. Her latest book, God Help the Child: A novel, delves into the issue of colorism within the black community as a light-skinned mother can’t seem to love her dark skinned child.

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On the Books: Newly discovered Dr. Seuss book to be released in July

Random House Children’s Books announced Wednesday that a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations by Dr. Seuss called What Pet Should I Get? will be published on July 28. This is the first of at least three books Random House plans on publishing based on materials found in the beloved author’s home in 2013. What Pet Should I Get is thought to have been written between 1958 and 1962 and features the same brother and sister from the classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

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On the Books: New Toni Morrison novel coming in April 2015

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-45 years after Toni Morrison, 83, published her groundbreaking debut The Bluest Eye in 1970, the visionary author’s 12th novel will hit shelves. Set to be published by Knopf in April 2014, God Help the Child will—like many of Morrison’s works—tell the story of a strong African American woman battling personal hardships and the social constructs of race. Knopf describes the book:

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On the Books: Tom Hanks pens short story for The New Yorker

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- We know how much Tom Hanks loves typewriters—but since he co-wrote 2001’s Band of Brothers, the actor hasn’t had much original writing to show. Maybe he wiped the dust off his favorite typing device for “Alan Bean Plus Four,” a fictional story he penned for the new issue of The New Yorker.

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Toni Morrison cancels plans to write a memoir

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While speaking to students at Oberlin College near her hometown of Lorain, Ohio, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison revealed that she canceled plans to write a memoir. She had already signed a contract with her publisher to write the nonfiction book, but the 81-year-old later reneged because “there’s a point at which your life is not interesting,” as she put it.

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