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The Color Purple

2021-10-28 18:30:00 2021-10-28 19:30:00 America/New_York Page to Stage Book Club Northeast Neighborhood Library - Meeting Room 2 - Mezzanine (5-25 Person Capacity)

Thursday, October 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2021-10-28 18:30:00 2021-10-28 19:30:00 America/New_York Page to Stage Book Club Read and discuss the books that inspired Broadway musicals, enriching understanding and enjoyment of both the books and the shows! Page to Stage book for Oct 2021 - The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Northeast Neighborhood Library - Meeting Room 2 - Mezzanine (5-25 Person Capacity)

Northeast Neighborhood Library

Meeting Room 2 - Mezzanine (5-25 Person Capacity)

Read and discuss the books that inspired Broadway musicals, enriching understanding and enjoyment of both the books and the shows! Page to Stage book for Oct 2021 - The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

Page to Stage Book Club - October 2021

The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

The Color Purple musical ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2008, and was adapted from Alice Walker's 1982 book and 1985 film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg. The musical was revived from 2015-2017, winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. A film version of the musical is slated to be released December 2-, 2023. The Color Purple (1982) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award in in 1983. 

Join the Page to Stage Book Club in the Northeast Library Mezzanine Conference Room to discuss The Color Purple (1982), its lasting impact, and how it relates to its stage adaptation. 

Copies will be available at the Northeast Library, and can also be placed on hold from the DC Library catalog

Synopsis:

A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker's epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.

For other adaptations and supplementary material:

  • Watch the 1985 movie adaptation. 
  • View a character study on Kanopy from a Great Courses documentary "Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature" of protagonist Celie. 
  • Listen to the original Broadway Cast recording. 

AGE GROUP: | Seniors | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Club |

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