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McLarin to Host Alice Walker in Live Event

Professor and author Kim McLarin, interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, will host a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet, and activist Alice Walker for a special WGBH event Wednesday, February 1.

Beyond the Page with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Alice Walker will be offered virtually, free to the public, from 7:00-8:00 pm EST. Register to watch on WGBH.

Walker became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer for Literature and the National Book Award in 1983, for her novel The Color Purple, later adapted into a film and musical. She is the author of seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and several volumes of essays and poetry.

She coined the term, “Womanism,” “which encompasses facets of feminism, but with more inclusivity and appreciation of the Black women experience,” according to WGBH.

McLarin, a regular on WGBH’s Basic Black, is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, a memoir, and a collection of essays, as well as co-author of a number of books.

A former staff writer for The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press, her work also has appeared in Glamour, the Washington Post, Slate, the New England Review, the Sewanee Review, the Boston Globe, and The Root, among other publications. Her essays have been listed in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Best American Essays.

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