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Beloved: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers, with Donna Bailey Nurse

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A fabulous evening of books and music celebrating Toni Morrison and Black women writers.

Beloved: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers, with Donna Bailey Nurse

Join leading Canadian literary critic Donna Bailey Nurse for a fabulous talk show style evening celebrating the legacy of Toni Morrison with an incredible lineup of acclaimed Black women writers.

Hosted by musical tour de force and star of Ugly Black Woman Nicky Lawrence, accompanied by a house band led by Canadian music legend Orin Isaacs, and directed by Dian Marie Bridge, Donna leads conversations celebrating the legacy of Toni Morrison, the unrivalled impact she has had on Black women writers and readers around the world, and the joys and challenges of being a Black woman in today’s world.

Bring your girlfriends, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy a vibrant evening of books, music, and conversation.

Photo of Toni Morrison by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Portrait of Donna Bailey Nurse
Portrait of Nicky Lawrence
Portrait of Orin Isaacs
Photo of Dian Marie Bridge, director


Join Donna Bailey Nurse with Zalika Reid-Benta, Rebecca Fisseha, Francesca Ekwuyasi, and a special guest appearance by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia.

Portrait of Zalika Reid-Benta
Portrait of Rebecca Fisseha
Portrait of Francesca Ekwuyasi
Portrait of Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia


Join Donna Bailey Nurse with Myriam J.A. Chancy, Aminatta Forna, Dawnie Walton, and a special video appearance by Esi Edugyan.

Portrait of Myriam Chancy
Portrait of Aminatta Forna
Portrait of Dawnie Walton smiling at the camera and wearing an red top.
Portrait of Esi Edugyan

Read Author Tributes to Toni Morrison

Date & Time

June 17, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

All Dates and Times
Friday, June 17 at 7 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 7 PM

Literature, Music


189 Yonge St
Toronto, ON M5B 1M4 Canada
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Presented by
Supported by
With Assistance FromPenguin Random House Canada

Dundurn Press



With the health and safety of our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers as our top priority, Luminato will continue to require proof of vaccination for all indoor performances in 2022. 

While the government of Ontario has lifted the mandatory check for vaccine passports as of March 1, we are choosing to keep our policy in place. We thank you for your patience and understanding as government policies are continually changing. 

Face masks are required for all indoor performances. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all outdoor performances. 

Luminato’s Vaccine Policy 

Audiences will be required to show proof of full vaccination and photo ID for all indoor performances. Proof of vaccination must include the attendee’s name, date of vaccination and product name (brand of vaccine). The receipt can be on paper or in an electronic format (shown on the patron’s phone).   

Remember, you are considered ‘fully vaccinated’ only 14 days after your second dose. 

Proof of ID must include the patron’s name and date of birth. 

For outdoor performances and events, proof of vaccination is not required. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]  

Griots: A Masterclass Series

Led by critically acclaimed Black authors Lawrence Hill, Canisia Lubrin, and Djanet Sears, each masterclass explores a different genre: children’s novels, poetry, and playwriting. Designed as an intimate and supportive experience, the series connects local writers who are currently working on a piece with leading Black authors. 

Creative Team

Donna Bailey Nurse, Curator
Dian Marie Bridge, Director
Nicky Lawrence, Host/Guest Vocalist
Orin Isaacs, Music Director
Laura Warren, Projection Designer
Arun Srinivasan, Production Manager/Lighting Designer
Lani Milstein, Producer

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