In the World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker, the unique vision underpinning Walker's extraordinary body of work is explored in a series of conversations between 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. The World Has Changed is a major new addition to the Walker canon and an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the life and writings of "a muse for our times" (Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!).
Walker's social activism emerges as a major current in her life and writings as she discusses her roots, worldview, and artistic development in these penetrating and revealing interviews. As the youngest child among eight, Walker grew up in rural Georgia, picking cotton with her family. From these modest beginnings, she has emerged as one of America's best-known writers, partly owing to the success of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, adapted for film by Steven Spielberg in 1985, and recently a Broadway musical. These discussions with such commentators as Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, and Margo Jefferson highlight Walker's activism, which includes civil rights in this country, fighting female genital mutilation in Africa, resisting tyranny worldwide, and being a force for world peace. In one notable conversation, Walker and Buddhist writer Pema Chodron discuss working with negative energy and alleviating suffering in the world. VERDICT An important addition to the Walker canon, this book will interest not only her fans but serious readers generally.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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The New Press
April 19, 2010
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