alice walker*Like most writers, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker, has been keeping a diary while also penning novels, stories, poems and essays.

Walker secured a deal with Simon & Schuster imprint 37 Ink to publish a selection of her private chronicles in 2017 called “Gathering Blossoms Under Fire.” The book will be edited by Valerie Boyd who wrote a biography of Zora Neale Hurston, one of Walker’s literary idols.

The book will showcase essays from Walker that reflect on her life, a spokesman for 37 Ink tells The Associated Press.

Walker, who is 70-years-old, has been tracking her journey from poverty in Georgia to international fame in her diary for half a century.