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This month kicks off TrailFest ’09 on the Southern Literary Trail. The Trail is a loose association of 18 southern towns in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi that celebrate famous writers and playwrights from the twentieth century and the hometowns that inspired them. Georgia trail sites include Atlanta’s own Joel Chandler Harris and Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O’Connor, Lillian Smith, Erskine Caldwell, Carson McCullers and Alice Walker. In Mississippi, they’re celebrating the Eudora Welty Centennial this year, a very big deal indeed; although I’m disappointed that there’s no field trip to the post office. I once got to wait in a hallway at the Algonquin Hotel with Ms. Welty when our magnetic cardkeys wouldn’t work. It turned out a lot of things in that hotel room didn’t work, but it was all worth it because I got to chat with Eudora Welty.


Dec 26 2007

Alice Walker archive to Emory University

by Heather O

Georgia writer, poet, and activist Alice Walker plans on donating her literary archives to Emory University. Her archives will include her vast, award-winning body of work from childhood journals, early drafts, notebooks of poetry, and personal letters all detailing her journey as an author.

Her novel The Color Purple received the Pulitzer Prize, making Walker the firstAw1_2

African-American woman to win, the novel also received the National Book Award. Her contributions to literature ensure that her archives at Emory will be studied for years to come.

Emory University also holds an extensive African-American literary collection containing archives of Harlem Renaissance novelists and poets Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson, and hundreds of playscripts including works by Zora Neale Hurston and August Wilson, among many others. Recent archives and papers acquired include those of Salman Rushdie, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney.

Search the DCPL catalog for the works of Alice Walker

Emory University news release

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