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The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker
includes compelling conversations between acclaimed writer Walker and other significant literary and cultural figures, including Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, Pema Chodron, Claudia Tate, Margo Jefferson, William Ferris, Paula Giddings, and Amy Goodman. Each conversation represents a different stage in Walker's artistic and spiritual development; taken together, they offer an unprecedented angle of vision on her career as well as on her personal and political development. Noted literary scholar Rudolph Byrd sets Walker's work into context with an introductory essay, as well as with a comprehensive annotated bibliography of her writings.
Includes Alice Walker in conversation with the following: John O'Brien
(1973) on her early writing career and inspirationsClaudia Tate
(1983) on being part of the emerging coterie of black women writers in the 1970sEllen Bring
(1988) on her animal rights activism and its importance to her world view and writingClaudia Dreifus
(1989) on politics and fiction writingPaula Giddings
(1992) in Essence Jody Hoy
(1994) on her personal philosophyTammy Simon
from Sounds True Recordings
(1998) on the importance of Buddhisim to her work and writingWilliam R. Ferris
(2004) on being a black female writer from the SouthMargo Jefferson
A Conversation from LIVE FROM THE NYPL (2005) on her success with The Color Purple
and being a celebrityAmy Goodman
(March 2006) on her politics and activismGeorge Galloway
(November 2006) on why she supports CastroMarrianne Schnall
from feminist.com (December 2006)Howard Zinn
on her Mississippi years, experiences with Zinn as a student, role of the civil rights movement in her work.
Alice Walker is one of the most prolific writers of our time, known for her literary fiction, including the Pultizer Prize-winning The Color Purple, her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections. Her advocacy for the dispossessed has spanned the globe. She lives in Northern California. Rudolph P. Byrd is a professor of American studies and the founding director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. His books include The Essential Writings of James Weldon Johnson and Charles Johnson's Novels: Writing the American Palimpsest. He played an instrumental role in Emory's acquisition of the papers of Georgia native Alice Walker in 2008-2009 and is the founding co-chair of the Alice Walker Literary Society.