As the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize, Alice Walker has written works of the utmost cultural importance. Her novel,The Color Purple, was made into an Academy Award-nominated film and a Broadway musical. Alice will talk about her life and latest book, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, a stunning, bi-lingual poetry collection.
A poetry collection that laments the world’s troubles, while inviting a spiritual response of hope, love and gratitude
Her staggering capacity for truth and warmth feature centrally in her work. She has written seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Her latest book of collected poetry, Arrow Out of the Heart, is no exception. Presented in both English and Spanish and comprising almost 70 poems, each lush and lucid word brims with passion and power. The collection proves, once again, the tendency of Walker’s wisdom to sear readers’ hearts, leaving its mark far beyond the last page.
Awarded the National Book Award, the Mahmoud Darwish Literary Prize for Fiction, the Lennon/Ono Peace Grant, and many others, her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than 15 million copies. Her website describes Alice as a lifelong activist who “believes that learning to extend the range of our compassion is activity and work available to all. She is a staunch defender not only of human rights, but of the rights of all living beings. She is one of the world’s most prolific writers, yet continues to travel the world to literally stand on the side of the poor, and the economically, spiritually and politically oppressed. She also stands, however, on the side of the revolutionaries, teachers and leaders who seek change and transformation of the world.”
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