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Toni Morrison documentary comes to her hometown (UPDATED)

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    Toni Morrison, right and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the director of a documentary about her, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am."

    TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS / COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA PICTURES

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    The poster for "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am."

    TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS / COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA PICTURES

This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: The home Toni Morrison lived in as a child on Elyria Avenue is still standing.

A documentary on the life of Lorain native and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison will be shown at the Lorain Palace Theater in June.

Morrison grew up in central Lorain during the Great Depression and graduated from Lorain High School in 1949. She has gone on to write 11 novels, won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 for her novel “Beloved” and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 from President Barack Obama.

The documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” follows Morrison’s life, beginning in Lorain and following her literary career. She once worked at Lorain Public Library, where she started as a shelfer and ended up working in the director’s office.

The showing of the film will be on June 28 and 30. Earlier in the year, it was shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival, where it won the Local Heroes competition. The documentary also was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Toni’s formative years were spent growing up in Lorain and her experiences here made a tremendous impact on her view of life,” said Barbara

Piscopo, executive director of the Lorain Historical Society, in a news release. “We are also pleased that her hometown will ‘meet her again’ through this film.”

Producer of the film Johanna Giebelhaus will have a question-and-answer session about the film and Morrison following both of the showings.

“The Bluest Eye,” Morrison’s first book that published in 1970, was set in Lorain and uses references to streets and businesses there. Much research for the film was done in Lorain, although none of the footage was shot there.

Morrison grew up in poverty and moved to and from several rented homes. Her earliest home, at 2245 Elyria Ave., is the only one still standing.

The June 28 showing will be at 7 p.m., with a reception at 6 p.m. The June 30 showing will be at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and Magnolia Pictures will donate all proceeds to a charity in Lorain.

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or lyost@chroniclet.com.


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