October 24, 2008
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Danielle Deabler, NPR



   

NPR EXCLUSIVE:

TONI MORRISON READS
FROM HER NEW NOVEL A Mercy

NPR.ORG’S BOOK TOUR TO FEATURE PRE-PUBLICATION,
AUDIO SERIALIZATION OF A Mercy AND WEBCAST INTERVIEW, OCTOBER 27-30

NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED HOST
MICHELE NORRIS TO INTERVIEW MORRISON
IN EXCLUSIVE BROADCAST INTERVIEW, OCTOBER 27



October 24, 2008; Washington, D.C. – Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and celebrated author of The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved will unveil her highly anticipated new novel A Mercy (to be published by Alfred A. Knopf on November 11) on NPR.org’s Book Tour, www.NPR.org/books, in a series of pre-publication readings October 27-30. Morrison will read approximately 30 pages over the four-day Book Tour series and talk with NPR’s Lynn Neary about her latest novel. The interview and reading will be available as streaming audio, podcast or download on NPR.org.

Concurrent with the launch of Morrison’s NPR Book Tour serialization on October 27, Michele Norris, host of NPR’s award-winning afternoon news magazine All Things Considered, talks with Morrison about A Mercy in her first broadcast interview in connection with the novel. For the first time, Morrison discusses the letter she wrote to Senator Barack Obama last winter, her first endorsement of a presidential candidate. Portions of that conversation with Michele Norris will appear on NPR.org.

The four-part online audio serialization will run Monday, October 27 through Thursday, October 30 as part of NPR’s Book Tour, which offers NPR’s audience the best of emerging and established writers as they read from and discuss their new books. Local NPR Member stations will feature Lynn Neary's video interview on their websites, and the NPR community will have an opportunity to discuss the book directly with Morrison the week of November 17 via a live chat on NPR.org.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Toni Morrison’s new novel, A Mercy, to NPR readers and listeners worldwide,” said Joe Matazzoni, Senior Supervising Producer, NPR Digital Media. “It’s connecting great authors like Toni to our audience that makes NPR Books a must-read site for people who love literature."

NPR.org/books is an essential online destination; more than 81% of NPR listeners identify themselves as being book enthusiasts. In the words of “O” Magazine, Book Tour is like “your own private bookstore reading.” In A Mercy Morrison again explores the theme of slavery, this time probing the institution's earliest roots in an ad-hoc and almost ungoverned America of the 1680s. Early reviews label A Mercy as “brilliant…riveting, even poetic” (Booklist); with “gorgeous language and a powerful understanding of the darkest regions of the human heart” (Kirkus Reviews).

NPR.org’s books content in the past six months has generated nearly 10 million page views. NPR Books, www.NPR.org/books, is specifically designed to help the busy Web audience find recommendations for great reads, both new and old. The section combines the best of NPR's radio content -- interviews, news and series such as All Things Considered's You Must Read This, www.NPR.org/youmustreadthis and Three Books…, www.NPR.org/threebooks -- with original Web reviews and commentaries from more than 4,500 books. Original Web series such as Book Tour www.NPR.org/booktour -- often heard on our popular books podcasts -- expose readers and listeners to new developments in the world of literature and ideas.