Date: July 1, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

Alice Walker, photo by Ana Elena

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear 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. When you attend this session, you’ll also find out about 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 their top ten “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).

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.

Sponsored by The New Press

Monday, July 1, 2013 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago

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Photo by Ana Elena