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Toni Morrison documentary part of Cleveland Film Festival; Lorain Library selling tickets

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    Author Toni Morrison attends a reading of her new book "Home" at Finney Chapel of Oberlin College on March 14, 2012.



The Lorain Public Library System is offering discounts on tickets to two showings of “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” about one of Lorain’s most well-known natives, during next month’s Cleveland International Film Festival.

The film will be shown at Tower City Cinemas at 8:25 p.m. April 5 and again at 9 a.m. April 6. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. and are $14 for CIFF members, $16 for non-members and $14 for students and senior citizens (in-person sales only).

As a community partner in the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival, the Lorain Public Library System is offering a $1 discount per ticket purchased using the code LORAIN.

The code may be input when purchasing tickets at, 24 hours a day; by phone (877) 304-FILM; or in person at the film festival box office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby. The discount is not valid for opening night tickets, special events or in combination with any other discount codes.

More about the film can be found by going to, and Film Festival updates can be found at

Directed by Timothy Greenfield Sanders, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” was conceived for PBS’ “American Masters” series, following Morrison’s life — including her early years in Great Depression-era Lorain — and her subsequent literary career.

Morrison has written 11 novels, including “The Bluest Eye” and “Beloved,” won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Born in a house on Elyria Avenue, Morrison grew up poor in central Lorain and is a 1949 graduate of Lorain High School. She later worked at the Lorain Public Library when it was housed in the Carnegie Building on West 10th Street.

“The Bluest Eye” is set in Lorain and references streets and businesses there. Much of the research for the film was done in Lorain.

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