Critically-Acclaimed and Award-Winning Author of Numerous Novels, Essays, and Poems
Human Rights Activist
Author of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel, The Color Purple (1983)
Alice Walker Speaker Profile:
Alice Walker is an internationally acclaimed writer, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. In 1983 she won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award.
Walker has written many bestsellers; among them, The Temple of My Familiar (a wisdom tale that originates in prehistory); By The Light of My Father’s Smile ( sexuality and forgiveness as paths of healing); Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992), which explores the effects of female genital mutilation on one woman’s psyche as well as her body leading to the 1993 book and documentary film ‘Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women‘, both collaborations with British-Indian filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, and We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness.(Meditations on spiritual and political issues).
Alice Walker’s work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than fifteen million copies. Along with the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, she was honored as one of the inaugural inductees into the California Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded the Lennon/Ono Peace Grant in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she met John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “beautiful boy” Sean Lennon. (Walker donated this latter award to an orphanage for the children of AIDS victims in East Africa, The Margaret Okari Foundation in Kisi, Kenya). She would go on to serve as a jurist (2010 and 2012) for two sessions of The Russell Tribunal on Palestine. In Cape Town, South Africa, and NYC, New York.
Walker has been an activist all of her adult life, believing that learning to extend the range of our compassion is activity and work available to everyone. Alice is a staunch defender not only of human rights, but of the rights of all living beings. She continues to be one of the world’s most prolific writers, yet manages to travel the world to literally stand on the side of the poor, and the economically, spiritually and politically oppressed. However, she also stands on the side of the revolutionaries, teachers and leaders who seek change and transformation of the world. Upon returning from Gaza in 2008, Walker said, “Going to Gaza was our opportunity to remind the people of Gaza and ourselves that we belong to the same world: the world where grief is not only acknowledged, but shared; where we see injustice and call it by its name; where we see suffering and know the one who stands and sees is also harmed, but not nearly so much as the one who stands and sees and says and does nothing.”
Walker was awarded the Mahmoud Darwish Literary Prize for Fiction 2016.
For availability and speaker fees, please contact Alice Walker’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.
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