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Alice Walker


Alice Walker, winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for The Color Purple, has earned international recognition as one of the major writers of our time. She is the author of six novels: Possessing the Secret of Joy, Temple of My Familiar, The Color Purple, Meridian, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, and By the Light of My Father’s Smile, as well as a memoir, The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult. The recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Award for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Ms. Walker has also written three collections of often-anthologized short stories, three collections of essays, and eight volumes of poetry. Her critically acclaimed works have sold over ten million copies and have been translated into over a dozen languages. In 1997, Alice was honored by the American Humanist Association as “Humanist of the Year” and in 2006 she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Alice Walker now lives in Northern California.


To learn more about Walker and her work, visit her website.


Alice Walker Banned

Throughout her distinguished career, Alice Walker's work has been at the center of controversies around language, censorship, truth and art. Alice Walker Banned explores just what it is that various groups have found so threatening in Walker's work, bringing together the short stories "Roselily" and "Am I Blue?," an excerpt from the novel The Color Purple, as well as testimonies, letters, and essays about attempts to censor Walker's work by the California State Board of Education.


…a fascinating, frightening book…

— Mirabella


…an invaluable contribution to the literature of censorship…

— Booklist


…this book will allow a cooler, more informed discussion of an important debate.

— Library Journal 

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