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- Born February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, GA, which is a farming community in Middle Georgia.
- Has written 5 novels, 4 books of essays and 5 poetry books (one being a collected work of poems.) The most famous of her books is of course The Color Purple which was nominated for a National Book Critics' Award, and won a American Book Award.
- Was the first African-American ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
- She currently lives in Mendocino, California with her dog Marley. Her most recent book is By the Light of My Father's Smile.