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Literary Giant Alice Walker Celebrates Her 75th Birthday

Literary Giant Alice Walker Celebrates Her 75th Birthday July 18, 2019 – Last Saturday, hundreds of Alice Walker fans came to her hometown of Eatonton, Georgia to share in the celebration of Walker’s 75th birthday. Festivities included a Walker-specific bus tour, multimedia artistic tributes, and a Q&A with Alice Walker. To read the entire article by Karen Good Marable for Essence,

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Alice Walker Comes Home

Alice Walker Comes Home July 18, 2019 – The Georgia Writers Museum, where Alice Walker and her works are now memorialized, hosted a celebration welcoming the local community as well as many visitors. Alice Walker returned to Eatonton last weekend for a hometown celebration of her 75th birthday. “Where your friends are, that’s where home is. I feel very welcome.”

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An In-Depth Conversation with “The Color Purple” Author Alice Walker

An In-Depth Conversation with “The Color Purple” Author Alice Walker July 17, 2019 – The Georgia Writers Museum hosted a 75th birthday celebration for Alice Walker. Hundreds of community members and visitors participated in the birthday festivities. Kelundra Smith of ARTS ATL spoke with Walker just before the celebration to discuss her childhood, her career and what she has left to

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WABE 90.1 FM’s “Closer Look with Rose Scott” Shares AW75 Tributes

WABE 90.1 FM’s “Closer Look with Rose Scott” Shares AW75 Tributes July 15, 2019 – Last Saturday, in Eatonton, Ga., the Georgia Writers Museum honored Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist Alice Walker with a celebration of her 75th birthday. “Closer Look with Rose Scott” stopped by The Plaza Arts Center for the celebration. To read more and listen to the full episode

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Famed Georgia Writers Featured at Eatonton Museum

Famed Georgia Writers Featured at Eatonton Museum July 13, 2019 – The Georgia Writers Museum features three famous writers who began their creative lives near Eatonton, Ga.: Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Walker. The museum is also home to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Photos of all 69 writers inducted into the hall are on display, along with timelines

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Author Alice Walker to Return to Her Hometown of Eatonton This Weekend

Author Alice Walker to Return to Her Hometown of Eatonton This Weekend July 12, 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,

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GPB’s “On Second Thought with Virginia Prescott” Interviews AW75 Co-Chair Valerie Boyd

GPB’s “On Second Thought with Virginia Prescott” Interviews AW75 Co-Chair Valerie Boyd July 12, 2019 – AW75 event co-chair and writer Valerie Boyd spoke with “On Second Thought” host Virginia Prescott about Alice Walker’s legacy. Boyd is in the midst of editing Walker’s upcoming compilation of journals. To read more and listen to the entire episode of “On Second Thought,” click

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Eatonton to Celebrate Author Alice Walker This Weekend

Eatonton to Celebrate Author Alice Walker This Weekend July 11, 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 celebration of Alice Walker at the Plaza Arts Center. Walker, who was born in Eatonton, Ga. in 1944, will travel to her hometown for the

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“Queen Sugar” Continues Its Matriarchy, Adds 4 New Directors, Including AW75 Presenter Pratibha Parmar

“Queen Sugar” Continues Its Matriarchy, Adds 4 New Directors, Including AW75 Presenter Pratibha Parmar June 6, 2019 – Queen Sugar has lived up to its title, constructed from all female directors handpicked by creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay. The fourth season is adding more directors: Lacey Duke, C. Fitz, Deborah Kampmeier, Stacey Muhammad, and AW75 presenter Pratibha Parmar. Queen

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Butler-Baker School to Be on Alice Walker Tour

Butler-Baker School to Be on Alice Walker Tour June 6, 2019 – The Eatonton Messenger reports that Butler-Baker School, where Alice Walker graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1961, will be a stop on the Alice Walker 75 bus tours.  

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AW75 Presenter Tayari Jones Wins Women’s Prize For Fiction

AW75 Presenter Tayari Jones Wins Women’s Prize For Fiction June 5, 2019 – “Less than two months after Tayari Jones won the Aspen Words Literary Prize, the American author has claimed a new laurel: the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The judges selected her novel An American Marriage at a ceremony Tuesday night in London, singling it out for praise and a

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AW75 Presenter Salamishah Tillet Reflects on Ava DuVernay’s Latest Project “When They See Us”

AW75 Presenter Salamishah Tillet Reflects on Ava DuVernay’s Latest Project “When They See Us” Salamishah Tillet May 30, 2019 – Salamishah Tillet takes a critical look at Ava DuVernay’s latest project, a Netflix mini-series called “When They See Us.” As Tillet writes, “Ava DuVernay’s mini-series depicts the excruciating toll that persecution and incarceration had on the teenage boys known as

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By the Book: Welcome Home, Alice

Lake Oconee Living Previews AW75 May 16, 2019 – The May/June 2019 “Homegrown” issue of Lake Oconee Living previews the Alice Walker 75 (AW75) event. Read more in “By the Book: Welcome Home, Alice” by the magazine’s editor, Andrea Gable.

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Internationally Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Alice Walker to Attend 75th Birthday Celebration in Her Honor in Her Hometown of Eatonton, Georgia

Internationally Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Alice Walker to Attend 75th Birthday Celebration in Her Honor in Her Hometown of Eatonton, Georgia 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,

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AW75 Presenter Tayari Jones Wins the Aspen Words Literary Prize

April 11, 2019 – A panel of judges unanimously voted to award the second annual Aspen Words Literary Prize to Tayari Jones for her novel An American Marriage. Samrat Upadhyay, a finalist for last year’s award and chair of this year’s panel of judges, said that An American Marriage is “going to have a place in the literary imagination for

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Alice Walker’s Latest Poetry Collection Wins a 2019 NAACP Image Award

March 31, 2019 – Alice Walker‘s latest book of poetry, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, won a 2019 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry.” The 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards Ceremony took place Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Black-ish actor Anthony Anderson hosting the live broadcast on TV One. To

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AW75 Speaker Salamishah Tillet on Panel to Discuss “Sheroes” and “Hidden Figures” for Women’s History Month

March 29, 2019 – Salamishah Tillet, scholar, activist, and Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing at Rutgers University Newark, participated in a panel discussion entitled “No More Hidden Figures: Honoring and Recognizing the Sheroes Among Us.” Read more in this article by Claretta Bellamy. Tillet will join other esteemed writers and artists at the

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New Play by AW75 Presenter Pearl Cleage Featured in Atlanta Magazine

New Play by AW75 Presenter Pearl Cleage Featured in Atlanta Magazine March 18, 2019 – “Carving a space for fully realized female characters in the theater canon is an uphill battle. According to the Theater Communications Group, only 20 percent of plays performed on American stages are written by women. Also, many productions depict women as long-suffering wives, mothers, or

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