WHO: Alice Walker
WHAT: Prolific writer of poetry, essays, and fiction who is best known for The Color Purple, which won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize
WHEN: Born February 9, 1944
WHERE: Born in Eatonton, Georgia
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
The Color Purple: "Tells the story of two sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the South, in the medium of their letters to each other and in Celie's case, the desperate letters she begins, 'Dear God.'"
IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS' GARDENS: WOMANIST PROSE: "In this, her first collection of nonfiction, the author speaks out as a Black woman, writer, mother, and feminist in thirty-six pieces ranging from the personal to the political. Among the contents are essays about other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid memoir of a scarring childhood injury and her daughter's healing words."
"The more I wonder, the more I love." (from The Color Purple)
"“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.” (The Color Purple)
“Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.” (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens)