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Mention Alice Walker to most readers and they’ll probably rattle off some details about The Color Purple, her 1982 novel that won nearly every literary award possible. Maybe they’ll toss in a few tidbits about Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation that earned Oprah an Oscar nomination. But beyond her most lasting literary achievement, the rest of Walker’s impressive résumé is less publicized. In addition to writing more than a dozen books, she’s also a notable activist: Walker became one half of the first legally married interracial couple in Mississippi after she and her husband settled there in 1967; in 2003, she was arrested outside of the White House while protesting the war in Iraq. Walker is not slowing down anytime soon: The author has two more books in the hopper. Tonight, she’ll discuss them—and perhaps the rest of her adventures—with all of the readers who can squeeze inside Busboys and Poets.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638. busboysandpoets.com.