A VIRTUAL Evening with Terry McMillan

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    Please join the National Writers Series online for An Evening with Terry McMillan. We'll be broadcasting on Zoom: https://bit.ly/TerryMcMillan. You can also watch on the National Writers Series Facebook page and YouTube channel. "Doors" open at 6:30 PM with the conversation starting at 7:00 PM.

    Terry McMillan has been charming us with her warmth, humor, and powerful female characters for more than 30 years. Now she’s back with It’s Not All Downhill From Here, a novel filled with an ensemble of McMillan’s strong, dynamic women. 

    McMillan was born and raised in Port Huron and discovered her love of literature while shelving books at the local library. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Berkley and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from Columbia. Her big breakthrough novel in 1987 was Mama, but she was unhappy with the publisher’s promotion of the book, so she wrote to thousands of bookstores on her own. The book eventually sold out its first printing. 

    In her other bestselling novels — Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Getting to Happy and I Almost Forgot About You — McMillan writes about the realities of daily life: love, heartbreak, grief, redemption, work, family, and friendships. Those realities continue in It’s Not All Downhill From Here, an inspiring story about healing wounds and charting new paths — with a little help from our friends. 

    Loretha Curry is a successful businesswoman with a thriving beauty supply store and a devoted husband. She also has a circle of friends she can rely on for advice and a good laugh. Then, a tragedy rattles her world, and she’s not sure how she can move on. Her girlfriends and new connections help her slowly begin to put the pieces back together, proving you’re never too old to start over.

    Guest host Rochelle Riley is the director of Arts and Culture for the city of Detroit. She is a former award-winning columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She’s written two books and tours the country with The Burden, speaking about the burden that America bears because it refuses to deal with the aftermath of slavery.