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Author | Alice Walker


If you have watched the movie, The Colour Purple, you have seen the writer of the award winning story, Alice Walker.

Alice Walker’s brother accidentally shot her in the eye with a BB pellet when she was eight. She became blind in that eye. Due to her defect, she became self-conscious, shy and withrawn. She felt like she was ugly and disabled.

 It was during this period that she began to read and write. At fourteen, she had an eye surgery to improve her appearance. But at the time, she was already hooked on writing and reading and couldn’t stop.

Brief Biography

Alice walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist. She was born in Eatonton, Georgia USA in 1944. Because she was very brilliant, Walker got a scholarship to attended Spelman College and later switched to  Sarah Lawrence College with another scholarship.

After college, she worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer. As an activist she active in the Civil Rights Movement to fight for the equality of African Americans.

In 1967, she got married to her white husband, Melvyn Rosenman Levental and they became the first legally married inter-racial couple to live in Missisipi. They had a daughter, Rebecca before divorcing in 1976.

Writing Career

After the publication of her third novel, The Colour Purple in 1982, her career as a writer took a great turn and she became very successful. In 1983, the amazing work of fiction won Walker both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award For Fiction. The Colour Purple made it to the big screen in 1985 directed by Steven Spielberg starring Whoopi Golberg as Celie, Opra Winifrey and Danny Glover.
The movie was a huge success just like the Novel.

List of Alice Walker’s Works


Novels

The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Meridian

The Color Purple

– The Temple of My Familiar

Possessing the Secret of Joy

– By the Light of My Father’s Smile

– Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

Short Stories

In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black     Women

– Alice Walker Banned

You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down

– The Way Forward Is With A Broken    Heart

Sleepwalkers

Essays and Prose

– In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Womanist Prose

– Anything We Love Can Be Saved

– Living By the Word

– I Love Myself When I Am Laughing….A Zora Neale Hurston Reader (editor)

– The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult

-Sent By Earth

– Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women (with Pratibha Parmar)

– We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

– Overcoming Speechlessness

– The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering As the Whole World Awakens To Being In Harm’s Way

Poetry

– Once

– Revolutionary Petunias

– Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful

– Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You In the Morning

– Her Blue Body Everything We Know, Earthling Poems

– Absolute Trust In The Goodness Of The Earth

– A Poem Travelled Down My Arm, poetry and drawings

– Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

– The World Will Follow Joy; Turning Madness Into FlowersBooks for Children

– To Hell With Dying

– Langston Hughes, American Poet

– Finding the Green Stone

– There Is A Flower At The Tip Of My Nose Smelling Me

– Why War Is Never A Good Idea


Video

– Pema Chodron and Alice Walker in Conversation (video)

Collected Interviews

– The World Has Changed; Conversations With Alice Walker, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd.

Recent Works

– New Poems, Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart, 2018

– The World Will Follow Joy; Turning Madness Into Flowers (poems) 2013

– The Cushion In The Road; Meditation and Wandering As The Whole World Awakens To Being In Harm’s Way (essays, travels and dreams)

– The Chicken Chronicles, a Memoir, 2011.

Famous Quotes by Alice Walker

“In nature nothing is perfect, trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they’re still beautiful
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Look closely at the present you are conducting, it should look like the future you are dreaming
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I have learned not to worry about love, but to welcome it’s coming with all my heart
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Men make war to attract attention. All killing is an expression of self-hate.
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Activism is my rent for living on the planet.
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What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.
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No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
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Be nobody’s darling.
Be an outcast
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones.
To keep you warm.

– Alice Walker

Lesson From Her Life

Walker’s  life is a typical example of how an obstacle can become a stepping stone. But for that shot in her eye, Alice probably, couldn’t have become a writer and what she is today.

Be strong. Work hard

John Grisham – One of My Favourite Authors

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John Grisham is an author with not less than 39 books published in his name, from 1989 to date.

A workaholic of a writer, huh?

I fell in love with his novels after reading The Appeal. I went ahead to The Chambers and savoured its contents and ever since, I’ve been enjoying his works.

Brief Biography

John Grisham is an American novelist, politician, attorney and activist. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8th 1955.

He got his first degree from Mississippi State University and received his Juris Doctor Degree from University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981, the same year he got married to his wife, Renee. He practiced Criminal Law for about ten years and served in the Mississipi House of Representatives between January 1984 and September 1990.

He has two children, Shea and Ty Grisham.

Writing Career

John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill was rejected by 28 publishers before it got published by Wynwood Press in 1989.

He became really famous as a writer after his second novel, The Firm – got published and it became the bestselling novel of 1991. Ever since his writing career has been blossoming.

Genres

His works cover Legal thriller, crime fiction, southern gothic, football and baseball. But he’s mostly known for his Legal thrillers.

List of John Grisham’s Books

1989 – A Time to Kill

1991 – The Firm

1992 – The Pelican Brief

1993 – The Client

1994 – The Chamber

1995 – The Rainmaker

1996 – The Runaway Jury

1997 – The Partner

1998 – The Street Lawyer

1999 – The Testament

2000 – The Brethren

2001 – A Painted House

2001 – Skipping Christmas

2002 – The Summons”

2003 – “The King of Torts

2003 – Bleachers

2004 – The Last Juror

2005 – The Broker

2006 – The Innocent Man

2007 – Playing for Pizza

2008 – The Appeal

2009 – The Associate2009 – Ford County (short stories)

2010 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

2010 – The Confession

2011 – Theodore Boone: The Abduction

2011 – The Litigators

2012 – Theodore Boone: The Accused

2012 – Calico Joe

2012 – The Racketeer

2013 – Theodore Boone: The Activist

2013 – Sycamore Row

2014 – Gray Mountain

2015 – Theodore Boone: The Fugitive

2015 – Rogue Lawyer

2016 – Partners (a “Rogue Lawyer short story)

2016 – Theodore Boone: The Scandal

2016 – Witness to a Trial (a digital short story)

2016 – The Whistler

2017 – Camino Island

Famous Quotes by John Grisham

In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard”. -John Grisham

“You live your life today,
Not tomorrow,
and certainly not yesterday.” -John Grisham

I was tired of secrets, tired of seeing things I was not supposed to see. And so I just cried. -John Grisham, A Painted House

Mr. Buckley, let me explain it this way. And I’ll do so very carefully and slowly so that even you will understand it. If I was the sheriff, I would not have arrested him. If I was on the grand jury, I would not have indicted him. If I was the judge, I would not try him. If I was the D.A., I would not prosecute him. If I was on the trial jury, I would vote to give him a key to the city, a plaque to hang on his wall, and I would send him home to his family. And, Mr. Buckley, if my daughter is ever raped, I hope I have the guts to do what he did”. -John Grisham, A Time to Kill

“Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it’s a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive” -John Grisham, The Confession

It’s amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you’d simply told the truth” -John Grisham, The Client

Lessons I’ve learned so far from John Grisham’s writing history

Keep writing even when the pile of your books and the height of your fame have reached the sky.

Rejection doesn’t mean the end of writing. Persist even when you meet a hundred publisher rejections.

Work hard to publish at least a book in a year.

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Chinua Achebe – One of My Favourite Authors

A Little About Him

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic. Born in November 16, 1930 in Igbo land of Ogidi where he grew up. He Studied Literature in English at University College( now University of Ibadan). Read more. He died on 21, March 2013 at 82.

Chinua Achebe was one of the most important African Poet and Novelist also considered as one of the most original literary artist writing in English during his lifetime.

Chinua Achebe’s notable works

His first novel Things Fall Apart, widely read in Modern Literature was published in 1958 and became his greatest work, the novel that later got him global attention. His other notable works are;

  • No Longer at Ease -1960
  • Arrow of God – 1964
  • A Man of the People – 1966
  • Anthills of the Savanna – 1987

He wrote many other stories and essays including children stories, folk stories and more. You can find all his works here

Writing Style

I love Achebe’s works because of his writing style which relied on the Igbo oral heritage, incorporating straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, oratory and proverbs.

Notable lovable Texts From Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

This is the best part. His books are full of meaningful moral quotes and proverbs. I love reading them. They teach me a lot about life.

●A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather in the moonlit village ground, it is not because of the moon every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.

●People say that it is when you see water rising up your ankle, that’s when you’ll do something about it, not when it has risen up to your neck.

●A man of worth never gets up to unsay what he said yesterday.

When brothers fight to death, strangers inherit their father’s estate.

●Whatever music you play on your drum, there is someone who can dance to it.

●We shall all live. We pray for life, children, a good harvest and happiness. You will have what is good for you, and I will have what is good for me. Let the kite perch and let the egret perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break.

What do I remember Achebe for?

I remember him for his novels especially for “Things Fall Apart” and all those moral lessons in them and whenever I think about African Literature, I think about Chinua Achebe. That’s the impact his works have on me.