Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Alice Walker of “The Color Purple” fame is one of three celebrated writers tapped for the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, host Point Loma Nazarene University announced Tuesday.
The 25th annual event Feb. 25-27, 2020, co-hosted by Warwick’s bookstore of La Jolla and La Playa Books, also features Sonia Nazario and Pico Iyer.
This year’s theme is “Writing That Liberates,” and the writers will be interviewed by Dean Nelson, founder of the symposium and director of the school’s journalism program.
Walker’s work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than 15 million copies. “The Color Purple” also won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction and the Pulitzer for fiction.
She was the recipient of a Rosenthal Foundation award and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award for “In Love and Trouble.”
Walker, 75, has taught at Wellesley College, University of Massachusetts at Boston, UC Berkeley and Brandeis University. At Brandeis, she is credited with teaching the first American course on African American female writers.
She also has been honored with the O. Henry Award and the Mahmoud Darwish Literary Prize for Fiction. She was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the LennonOno Peace Award in 2010.
Nazario is an award-winning journalist best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times (with photos by Vista’s Don Bartletti, who also won a Pulitzer), “Enrique’s Journey” won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003.
Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights.
She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.
Pico Iyer (“Arguably the world’s greatest living travel writer,” according to Outside) is the author of over a dozen books and countless essays.
Iyer explores these intertwined spheres — the inner and the outer — in his writings and in three recent TED Talks, which have racked up some 8 million views. Iyer is the author of two novels and 10 works of nonfiction, including “Video Night in Kathmandu,” “The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto” and “The Global Soul.”
His bestselling 2008 book “The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
” was drawn from decades of talks and travels with the Tibetan leader. His 2014 book “The Art of Stillness,” the second TED Original published, also was a bestseller.
Nazario’s event is Feb. 25, Iyer’s (“The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere”) is Feb. 26 and Walker’s (“The Color Purple, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart”) is Feb. 27.
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