*Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison passed away this week at 88 years of age.  Bookworm is rebroadcasting a 2009 conversation with her about her novel, A Mercy.*

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In this first of two conversations with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, we explore the backgrounds of her novel, A Mercy (Knopf). How did she find the textures of pre-colonial America: the feel of the land; the wildlife; the proliferation of races, nationalities and ambitions? (Part II)