April 27, 2019 – The Georgia Writers Museum, a nonprofit organization and exhibit space that educates the public about the state’s rich literary heritage, will host a one-day celebration of Alice Walker’s 75th birthday on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Walker, who was born in Eatonton, Ga. in 1944, will travel to her hometown for the festivities.
Tickets are on sale now for Alice Walker 75 (AW75) and are expected to sell quickly. Attendees will choose from many planned event offerings and activities, including:
- A screening and discussion of the American Masters Documentary, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.” Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and scholar Salamishah Tillet will discuss the documentary and take audience questions after the screening.
- Esteemed writers and artists paying tribute to Alice Walker with live readings and musical performances. Featured presenters include award-winning playwright and novelist Pearl Cleage, New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones, gospel violinist Melanie R. Hill, novelist and scholar Daniel Black, poet Kamilah Aisha Moon, Walker’s biographer Evelyn C. White, and Walker’s daughter, writer and activist Rebecca Walker.
- Morning and afternoon bus tours of historic sites relevant to Walker’s time in Georgia, such as her childhood home and her high school, the Pex Theatre that hosted an event for the film adaptation of Walker’s novel “The Color Purple,” and historic Eatonton landmarks.
- A cocktail reception, complete with a champagne toast and birthday cake-cutting, followed by Alice Walker in conversation with Valerie Boyd, editor of Walker’s forthcoming journals and author of the award-winning biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.
Most events will take place at the Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton. To view the full schedule of events and purchase tickets, visit alicewalker75.com.