Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker” as Want to Read:
The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker

by
4.15  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker includes compelling conversations between acclaimed writer Walker and other significant literary and cultural figures, including Gloria Steinem, Howard Zinn, Pema Chodron, Claudia Tate, Margo Jefferson, William Ferris, Paula Giddings, and Amy Goodman. Each conversation represents a different stage in Walker’s artistic ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by The New Press (first published April 20th 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The World Has Changed, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The World Has Changed

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Rowena
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I was in China this month I met a university student who had given herself the English name Alice in homage to Alice Walker, who she said was one of the most powerful female writers she has ever come across. During a subway ride we discussed feminist black literature and it amazed me that I was having this conversation in a train with a stranger while I was travelling! But any friend of Alice Walker is a friend of mine.


This was a great series of conversations that Walker has had with severa
...more
Cheryl
There is something alluring about Alice Walker’s conversations, a few days with her and I could tell she practices meditation and yoga. Through these pages of her interviews, she seemed to be speaking calming words of wisdom to me. The interviews span thirty-six years (from 1973-2009) and the book is formatted to educate and stimulate, beginning with the formidable Introduction where I learned so much of her life history. I read this and had the same feeling I had after reading Cather and Baldwi ...more
Phoebe
"The World Has Changed" was one of those surprise books I picked up on a whim that turned out to be exactly what I needed at the moment I needed it. Thanks, serendipity and thanks, Alice.

From what it means to be a talented black girl from an unusual family to what it means to have written books that have altered the lives of millions to what it means to be a radical activist in the US to what it means to build strong community and support systems to why it's sometimes a better idea to "disappea
...more
Joshunda Sanders
In a letter to the New York Times, over an insulting review of Toni Morrison's work, Alice Walker wrote this: "The time is gone forever when black people felt limited by themselves. We realize that we are, as ourselves, unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this if they choose." The interviews span from 1973 to 2009, they include talks with Pema Chodron, Margo Jefferson, Evelyn C. White and Rudolph Byrd. There is a treasure trove of information in here ...more
Brandelyn
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Reading comes in layers: there's the reading one does to understand the current crisis, whatever it is; the reading for pleasure; the reading for the soul." Alice Walker
This book was a gift to my soul. I will treasure every lesson, hug, forehead kiss, nudge and outright push toward myself at a time when everything felt chaotic. The words and thoughts and serenity of Ms. Walker is something that I will cherish for a lifetime. Somehow, along the way, this book became my journal and houses all of
...more
Andrea
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The selection of essays and interviews are as usual insightful and meditative. What I found notable, is the introductory essay by R. Byrd. Most books included a perfunctory forward or lackluster introduction. Instead, Byrd writes one f the best essays on the life, loves, and tragedies of Walker. I highly recommend this book. I still have an essay or two left to read, but I will likely come back to some essays I have already read again and again.
Ms. Online
The World Has Changed: Conversations
with Alice Walker

Edited by Rudolph P. Byrd
The New Press

Walker talks with the likes of Gloria Steinem, Pema Chodron and Howard Zinn in this compilation, which spans more than two decades and reveals her humor, compassion and commitment
to social change.
Dominic
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's quite impressive that this much wisdom was compiled from just interviews and phone conversations. Alice Walker was a true gift to me when I discovered her as a teenage boy, and she still is. Reading these conversations has reminded me of just how much of an impact she has had on my worldview. Her optimism, her spiritualism, her conviction, creativity, her courage and common sense are all over these pages. Such an inspiration to me still.
Terry
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Mmmm...I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure who it's really written for. Alice Walker scholars, I guess. It would be a great resource if you are studying her entire body of work. Also, as a sort of accidental biography, it's interesting to see her change over time from a pragmatic activist to a very spiritual, uh, being. In some ways that can be seen as a move forward, in human terms, and in some ways, one (okay, I) can see it as a sort of retreat, away from "the real world". Hmmm. One minor qu ...more
Gianna Mosser
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
So much wonderful insight on the writing and politics of one of my favorite women of all time. I wish I could be as strong in myself as the great A.W. The interviews with other writers were really fun as well. Sometimes I felt that the content became a little bit repetitive, in terms of the basic premises and biographical details that inform the works. But it was inspiring and comforting in its consistent portrayal of this iconic practitioner of feminist fiction.
Nusaybah
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I am reading this book as a result of a recommendation of my Dharma Sister/Elder Nancy in California. I have had the good fortune to read some of the fiction work of this author. This book is extremely slow going for me because I am not used to reading anything that is in a conversational/interview style. In spite of this factor the book is quite good so far, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of her fiction books as well as non-fiction works that she has produced to date.
Briana
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a collection of interviews with Alice Walker. Some interview chapters drag on while others conclude far too quickly. One or two are just right. (Watch for Walker's descriptions of growing up in rural Georgia under Jim Crow laws and for her elaborations on developing fictional characters in her head.) While I can appreciate the book's value, I suspect the audio files would be more engaging.
Rena Jane
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book of various interviews of Alice by journalists, publicists and friends.

Well-presented views of Alice's writing style, her views on world peace, the Civil Rights Movement, FGM, and other issues of national and international concern that she written about or worked to bring awareness to.
BlackBookie
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was stunning, spectacular. I just love the way she thinks, everything is wholesome, yet vulnerable and she is fulled with impregnable energy and wisdom. Perfect read. I think this book both captures the essence of the prolific and imaginative Alice Walker and still is a jumping off point for readers who know nothing about her work.
Donald
Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Since I disagree with just about everything she says in this book, I found it to be repetitive, contradictory liberal claptrap, though she did have a few things interesting to say about the creative writing process.
Indigo Night
Good, but don't try to read it straight through!
Gina
Alice Walker, you're my hero, let's face it.
Christie P
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing


After hearing Ms. Walker speak recently, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and experiencing the mind of Ms. Walker and her writing process.
Colleen
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not what I expected.
Janell
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Good way to get to know AW.
Carol
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really really liked it!
Antero Pietila
rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2018
Karen
rated it it was amazing
Dec 04, 2013
Divine-Asia
rated it liked it
Apr 19, 2010
Jen Sigwerth
rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2017
Mike
rated it really liked it
Sep 14, 2010
Kewpie
rated it liked it
Jul 29, 2010
Katie
rated it it was amazing
Jul 11, 2015
Amber
rated it really liked it
Jul 20, 2011
Glen Venezio
rated it it was amazing
Dec 15, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • remembered rapture: the writer at work
  • Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America
  • Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought
  • At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst
  • Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones
  • Deals with the Devil, and Other Reasons to Riot
  • That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row
  • Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
  • Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman
  • Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices on Resistance, Reform, and Renewal an African American Anthology
  • Women of Color and Feminism: Seal Studies
  • A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
  • The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing
  • The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
  • Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
  • Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education
  • I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone
  • Soldier: A Poet's Childhood
3,143 followers
Alice Walker, one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessi ...more
More about Alice Walker

Nonfiction Deals

  • Hope and Other Luxuries: A Mother's Life with a Daughter's Anorexia
    $19.99 $2.99
  • Manic: A Memoir
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Who Gets What — and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures
    $19.99 $1.99
  • Without a Doubt
    $5.99 $2.49
  • The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
    $9.99 $3.99
  • Paris Letters
    $14.99 $2.99
  • Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm
    $13.74 $1.99
  • My Cross to Bear
    $11.24 $1.99
  • The Warrior Ethos
    $6.99 $1.99
  • A Chance in this world
    $5.99 $0.99
  • It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness
    $13.99 $1.99
  • A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Everyday Zen
    $11.24 $1.99
  • In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Somebody Else's Kids
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Maude
    $2.99 $1.49
  • Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Revised Edition)
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Rational Optimist (P.S.)
    $14.49 $2.99
  • Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self
    $13.99 $2.99
  • Of Wolves and Men (Scribner Classics)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • God: A Story of Revelation
    $8.74 $1.99
  • Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
    $10.95 $1.99
  • The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC - 1492 AD
    $13.99 $2.99
  • I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
    $11.74 $1.99
  • Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed
    $9.99 $2.99
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Imaginary Girlfriend
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Things I've Been Silent About
    $4.99 $1.99
  • GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love
    $8.49 $2.99
  • The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Dharma Punx: A Memoir
    $11.49 $1.99
  • Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Arctic Dreams
    $9.99 $2.99
  • This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever
    $9.99 $2.99
  • As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: A Memoir (The Autobiographical Trilogy Book 2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • An Appeal to the World: The Way to Peace in a Time of Division
    $9.99 $1.99
  • How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists
    $8.99 $2.49
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change The World
    $7.74 $1.99
  • Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Catch Me If You Can
    $10.99 $1.99