The town of Eatonton, Georgia, will honor one of its own this weekend: prolific poet, Pulitzer prize winning novelist and activist Alice Walker. The Georgia Writers Museum will celebrate Walker's 75th birthday with a now sold-out day of festivities.
One highlight at Saturday's celebration is a conversation with Walker and University of Georgia professor Valerie Boyd. Boyd is the curator and editor of a forthcoming collection of Walker's journals. Boyd spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about the life and legacy of Walker.
Georgia writers Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones will also pay tribute to Walker with live readings. A screening and discussion of the PBS American Masters Documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.
Walker is an internationally recognized novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist and activist. Her books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, five children’s books and volumes of essays and poetry. Her most famous novel, The Color Purple, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983.
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