The City Opera House is closed until January 3rd. All tickets must be purchased online until then.

Event Details

Doors open at 6 PM
Stage event begins 7PM
Live Music, Cash Bar, and Morsels Sweet Treats
Stage conversation and Q&A with author
Post-event book signing

Tickets:

Students
$5 plus ticket fees

General Admission
$16 plus ticket fees

Premium Reserved Seating
$26 plus ticket fees

 

MEET TERRY MCMILLAN: 

Strong women rule the world — with help from their friends 

Terry McMillan has been charming us with her warmth, humor and powerful female characters for more than 30 years. And 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 BA in Journalism from Berkley, and an MFA 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. But 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. 

ABOUT OUR GUEST HOST

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.

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