Upcoming Event! In Search of the Color Purple by Salamishah Tillet

Alice Walker made history in 1982 when she became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for ​The Color Purple​. Almost forty years before the “Me Too” movement, the book received both praise and negative criticism upon publication and for the conversations around race, gender, and sexual violence that it sparked and still continues today. Since then, the powerful and controversial novel has been adapted into an Oscar-nominated film directed by Steven Spielberg and a Broadway musical produced by Oprah Winfrey.

In Search of the Color Purple​ by prominent academic and activist ​Salamishah Tillet​ combines cultural criticism, history, and memoir to explore Walker’s epistolary novel. Tillet examines the groundbreaking novel through archival research, interviews with Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and others, and through her own personal experiences with the text. Reading ​The Color Purple​ at age fifteen was a groundbreaking experience for Tillet that continues to resonate—as a sexual violence survivor, as a teacher of the novel, and as an accomplished writer. Provocative and personal, ​In Search of the Color Purple​ is a bold and timely work from an important public intellectual that captures this novel’s seminal role in reimagining trauma, healing, and justice for generations to come.

The event will be on April 14th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the DePaul Department of English, Women’s Center, Center for Black Diaspora, and African and Black Diaspora Studies

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Chicago Literary Hall of Fame: Fuller Award Ceremony

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Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer and artist whose work explores working class lives and landscapes. She will receive the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement. 

As a Chicago native, Cisneros began her career with the 1980 publication of poetry chapbook Bad Boys and her must-read 1984 young adult novel, The House on Mango Street. Her most recent work is 2015’s A House of My Own: Stories From My Life. 

Cisneros has received many prestigious awards, including the American Book Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s award acknowledges Cisneros’s rightful place as one of our greatest contemporary authors and her enormous influence on our literary and cultural life.

Carlos Cumpián will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening, and a lineup of speakers that includes Jorge Valdivia and Richard Bray, will give short tributes. Donna Seaman will interview Sandra after her acceptance speech, with audience members invited to submit questions. More speakers and details will be added throughout the next couple of weeks. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required in advance.