The majority of readers encounter a book in its refined state, with a seamless flow of action and characters that come to life on the page. However, a recent exhibit showcasing the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison (1931-2019) sheds light on the challenging and unnatural nature of writing a book. Titled “Toni Morrison: Sites of Memory” and housed at Princeton University’s Firestone Library, the exhibit presents a captivating portrait of Morrison as a writer who worked tirelessly, gathering notes on Post-its and in day planners, carefully constructing genealogies for the characters in Beloved, and even crafting a feature-length Tar Baby screenplay before ultimately deciding to transform the story into a novel. These artifacts have previously existed only as “the invisible infrastructure of [Morrison’s] work,” according to Autumn Womack, an assistant professor of English and African American studies at Princeton who curated the exhibit. Through “Sites of Memory,” Womack and her team sought to reconstruct aspects of Morrison’s creative process and emphasize the labor, study, and rigor that underpin her work.