Oprah and Toni

Toni Morrison to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Oprah Winfrey

Two cultural icons, Oprah Winfrey and Toni Morrison, will soon meet in honor of Morrison’s body of work. Morrison will be bestowed with The Center for Fiction’s  ‘Excellence in Fiction’ award, which Winfrey will present at the Center’s ceremony on December 11th.

 

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The Center for Fiction is “the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction.” The event is co-chaired by Lee Child and Michael Ondaatje, and will also honor Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group with the Maxwell Perkins Award.

 

Oprah and Toni sitting across from one another, holding hands on the set of Oprah's show.

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Oprah and Morrison have had a long-standing close relationship ever since Oprah produced and starred in a film adaptation of Morrison’s novel, Beloved, for which she received incredible praise.

 

An older photo (perhaps from the 90s) of Oprah and Toni side-hugging and smiling on a red carpet.

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