Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will kick off "Celebrate Langston Hughes in Lawrence" with a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center.
Walker will read Hughes' poetry and other writings and comment on his work and its influence on her writing.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but vouchers are required. Vouchers will be available at the Lied Center box office beginning at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Walker also will sign copies of her books from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Friday at The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St. Each person will be limited to three books signed.
Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Color Purple" and has written a biography of Hughes.