Virtual Event: Alice Walker

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In conversation with Kiese Laymon 
Recording of the event available until May 3
From National Book Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker, and edited by critic and writer, the late Valerie Boyd, this unprecedented compilation of Walker’s journals draws an intimate portrait of her development over five decades as an artist, human rights and women’s activist, and intellectual.
These edited journals reflect the complex, passionate, talented, and acclaimed author of The Color Purple. She intimately explores her thoughts and feelings as a woman, a writer, an African American, a wife, a daughter, a mother, a lover, a sister, a friend, and a citizen of the world.
In an unvarnished and singular voice, she explores an astonishing array of events: marching in Mississippi with other foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr.; her marriage to a Jewish lawyer, defying laws that barred interracial marriage in the 1960s South; an early miscarriage; writing her first novel; the trials and triumphs of the Women’s Movement; erotic encounters and enduring relationships; the ancestral visits that led her to write The Color Purple; winning the Pulitzer Prize; being admired and maligned, sometimes in equal measure, for her work and her activism; and burying her mother. A powerful blend of Walker’s personal life with political events, this revealing collection offers rare insight into a literary legend. 

“Alice Walker . . . is a truth-telling, word-working, change-conjuring, culture-shifting, revolutionary artist and citizen of the world. These journals are a revelation, a road map, and a gift to us all.” —Tayari Jones  


Virtual tickets 
Public: $12
DMA Member/Educator/Student: $10

Virtual ticket + a hardcover copy of Gathering Blossoms Under Fire with a signed bookplate (Limited quantity of books with signed bookplates available) 
Public: $42 
DMA Member/Educator/Student: $40

Please note that books will begin shipping on April 12, the day of the title’s release. Additional copies of Gathering Blossoms Under Fire are available for purchase here on our website.   

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