Morrison is the author of eleven novels. Song of Solomon received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, and Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and was named the best American work of fiction of the previous quarter-century. In 1993, Morrison became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She made our reading list twice; in 1992 for Jazz and in 2009 for A Mercy. She also received our Life Achievement award in 2006. She died August 5, 2019 at the age of 88.