Alice Walker is a remarkably prolific and versatile writer of conscience. She will always be remembered for her indelible and life-changing masterpiece, The Color Purple, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize, becoming the first African American to do so. Walker has written six other groundbreaking novels as well as thought-provoking books for children and a collection of powerful poetry and essays, works that are deeply concerned with matters of justice, equality, politics, art, environmentalism, and spirituality.
Walker’s books have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and 15 million copies have been sold. A world-traveler and tireless and courageous activist as well as a bestselling author, she has been recognized with numerous honors, including a National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lennon/Ono Grant for Peace, which she donated to an orphanage in East Africa for children who lost parents to AIDS.
Walker has two new books out: an essay collection titled The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way (The New Press, 2013), and The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (The New Press, 2013), a poetry collection.
Alice Walker will be appearing at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this June. On behalf of American Libraries, Booklist Senior Editor Donna Seaman reached Walker at her home in Mexico.
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