The Great American Read's list of America's 100 most-loved books has been revealed – is your favorite on the list? The series premieres, and voting on America's favorite novel opens, on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm.
One thoroughly deserving entry on the list is Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel The Color Purple, which was made into an acclaimed film in 1985 starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah, and others. In 2013 Walker sat down with Chicago Tonight's Carol Marin to speak about two of her books – a collection of poetry and one of essays – the continuing importance of feminism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Cuban Revolution, her criticism of Barack Obama, and how writers should face their critics. "I go where my heart says I need to be," she says.