Writer Rebecca Walker to discuss race, gender, politics at Cal Poly

Bestselling author Rebecca Walker will read from her latest novel and her memoir at a “Writing Without Boundaries” presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Cal Poly.

In addition to being an author, Walker appeared in Mike Nichols’ film “Primary Colors” with Emma Thompson and John Travolta.

At Cal Poly, she will read from her novel, “Adé: A Love Story,” which tells the story of an American woman and a Swahili Muslim man who fall in love on an island off the coast of Kenya and the challenges they face after they leave.

She also will read from her memoir, “Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.” Walker is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American writer Alice Walker and attorney Mel Leventhal, who is Jewish.

Walker will discuss issues including race and gender, politics and power, and fiction and memoirs during her presentation. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 114 at the Baker Center on campus.