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ALA Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 5, 2013
Contact: Amy R McGuigan
Alice Walker, author and activist, to speak at ALA Annual Conference
CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference will have the chance on Monday, July 1 to hear Alice Walker, one of the most prolific authors of our time, a poet, feminist and activist who has written both fiction and essays about race, gender and other topics. Attending this Auditorium Speaker session will also introduce you to two new books that the New Press is pleased to present in 2013: “The Cushion in the Road” (essays) and “The World Will Follow Joy” (poems). Publishers Weekly has named “The Cushion in the Road” one of its top 10 "literary biography, essay and criticism" titles of the season.
Walker is perhaps best known for her literary fiction, including the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Color Purple.” She is also the author of many volumes of poetry and powerful nonfiction collections, including “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” and “The Chicken Chronicle” (both available from the New Press, who are sponsoring her appearance at Annual Conference).
Her activism and advocacy for the dispossessed have spanned the globe and earned her a 1997 Humanist of the Year award. Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s and credits him for her decision to return to the American South and get involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Among other activist undertakings, she marched in the 1963 March on Washington, volunteered to register black voters in Georgia and Mississippi, was arrested in 2003 for crossing a police line during an anti- Iraq-war protest rally outside the White House and traveled to Gaza with the anti-war group Code Pink in 2009.
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