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Professor Seward Wins Toni Morrison Book Prize

Colorado College English Professor Emerita Adrienne Seward has been awarded the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize for Best Edited Work. The award, presented at the American Literature Association's annual conference, was awarded to Seward and her co-editor, Justine Tally, for "Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning."

The prize is given to the book that represents the best edited collection of work on Toni Morrison. The committee evaluates the entries based on the quality of the editing as evidenced in the introduction which provides context, the importance of the archival material collected, the quality of the editing, and the impact of the edited book on Morrison scholarship.

The committee noted that Seward's book "rose to the top for all readers," with one member stating "This work is my top pick because of its expansive range, careful editing, and coherent vision of Ms. Morrison's writerly achievements. The editors present superb conversations surrounding Morrison studies. The essays work well together as well as independently. It seems that the essays are useful both to new readers of Morrison's works as well as to seasoned readers."

A new paperback edition of "Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning" will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in December 2015.

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