A dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. and a resident of Salt Spring Island until September 2012, Evelyn C. White took ten years to research and write her authorized biography of Alice Walker. Previously she has published articles, essays and reviews on issues relating to women of African descent in publications that include The Vancouver Sun, Smithsonian, Essence, Ms., Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Enquirer, Seattle Times and The Washington Post. She has a special interest in the experiences of such women in rural landscapes, such as Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple who was born the youngest of eight children in a sharecropper's family in rural Georgia in 1944.

Evelyn C. White grew up in a working class family in Gary, Indiana. After graduating from Wellesley College (1976), she worked for a theatre company in Denmark. Returning to the United States, she studied theatre at the University of Washington and began writing professionally while living in Seattle. She graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (1985) where she received the Christopher Trump Award for her Master's thesis on "The Racial Development of Blind Black Children." She earned a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University (1991) and edited The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking For Ourselves (Seal Press, 1994).

As a former legal advocate for the Battered Women's Program in the Seattle City Attorney's office, she has continued to study intimate partner violence as the author of Chain Chain Change: For Black Women in Abusive Relationships. She came to Canada in 2002, residing on the West Coast until relocating to Halifax in September of 2012.

DATE OF BIRTH: 29 March 1954





The African Americans (Viking Press, 1993). Co-author, photography book.
The Black Women's Health Book (Seal Press, 1994)
Chain Chain Change: For Black Women in Abusive Relationships (Seal Press, 1995)
Alice Walker: A Life (W.W. Norton, 2004 $29.95 U.S.)
Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Photographs by Joanne Bealy (Dancing Crow Press 2009)

[BCBW 2013] "Women" "Afro-Canadian"