In honor of one of America’s greatest writers, the state of Ohio passed legislation to honor Lorain-native Toni Morrison, designating her birthday, February 18, as “Toni Morrison Day.” “Toni Morrison is the embodiment of the promise of Ohio. She made the most of her innate talents with ceaseless hard work and rose to the pinnacle of literary achievement,” said State Representative Joe Miller. “I am excited that we have the opportunity to recognize Ms. Morrison as one of Ohio’s most accomplished creative minds.”
If at some point in your life you lose a beloved pet, and if, while mourning, you decide to write an obituary, know this — whatever you write will not be as good as E.B. White’s tribute to his dog. (You can read more pieces like it in the perfectly-titled E.B. White on Dogs.)
Joshua Cohen, author of the recently published Book of Numbers, will begin writing a serialized, twentieth-century version of Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers live and online next week. Beginning October 12 at 1pm, viewers can watch Cohen spend five days reimagining the book and will be able to offer criticism that may affect the ending.