Members of Carthage Book Forum gathered at the Sammy Brown Library on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. Seventeen members arrived at the library meeting room to the wonderful aromas of chicken spaghetti and garlic bread. Hostesses, Jennifer Myers, Annette Powell and Patsy Meck also served spinach salad with all the fixings, wonderful homemade cookies and chocolate covered almonds. Once all the members were served, Carthage Book Forum President Karen Shamburger called the meeting to order.

Secretary Sandra Maxey read the minutes from the December meeting, which were approved as read. Karen Shamburger gave the Treasurer’s Report. Sandra Maxey performed roll call, and members reported on the books that they received at the December meeting.

Author Toni Morrison was the subject of the program, and Karen Shamburger did a wonderful job outlining Morrison’s historic life and career. Toni Morrison was born in Lorraine, Ohio in 1931 to parents who were both raised in the south but who moved northward to escape the dangers that lingered there due to prejudice. Morrison received a master’s degree from Cornell University and taught at Howard University prior to taking a job as an editor at the textbook publishing arm of Random House.

She was soon promoted to the main office of Random House, where she worked diligently to see that the works of black authors were published. She wrote her first book, “The Bluest Eye,” at the age of 39. The novel was critically-acclaimed and received a bump in sales when City University of New York put it on some of their reading lists and other colleges followed suit. Her next book, “Sula,” was nominated for the National Book Award.

“Beloved” is perhaps her most well known book, and she won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with it. From 1989-2006, Morrison held a chair at Princeton University. She died at age 88 on August 5. 2019.

Members present at the meeting were Karen Shamburger, Sandra Maxey, Patsy Meck, Jeretta Thompson, Sherry Mahaffey, Deanie Berry, Paula Carter, Danette Hooker, Sarah Davidson, Mary Moss, Nancy Langford, Vickie Lacy, Jennifer Myers, Annette Powell, Melanie Hudson, Pam Porter and Susan Rucker.

The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Sammy Brown Library.