https://www.wgbh.org/events/beyond-the-page-with-pulitzer-prize-winning-author-alice-walker-virtual Online event
Boston, MA 02110
Alice Walker is a celebrated writer, poet, and activist and has written seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than fifteen million copies.
Walker made history as the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the National Book Award in 1983 for her renowned novel, The Color Purple, which was later adapted into a film and musical.
Walker explores the themes of gender and racial inequality through the civil rights movement, spirituality, and familial archetypes. She emphasizes the humanity in her characters by writing in dialects, using letters for narration, and implementing oral storytelling traditions.
In her writing, Walker shares the complexity of the Black woman's experience in America, particularly on the censorship of Black female voices. She coined the term, “Womanism,” which encompasses facets of feminism, but with more inclusivity and appreciation of the Black women experience. With this term, Walker challenges the socially imposed obstacles that are specific to Black women and Black people.
To celebrate Black history month, read through this list of Walker’s works and come to this event ready to ask your questions.
- Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker
- The Color Purple
- In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
- The Temple of My Familiar
This event will be hosted by crittically- acclaimed author , Kim McLarin. Kim is Professor of Creative Writing and Graduate Program Director of the MFA in Popular Fiction at Emerson College and appears regulary on GBH's own, Basic Black.
This virtual event will begin at 7pm ET.
How it works:
Instead of in-person events, we are doing this event virtually on Zoom Webinar, where you can connect with us and our experts from the safety of your home.
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