Thursday, March 13, 2008

BSC Distinguished Speaker Series: Terry McMillan

Novelist, columnist, editor

Tuesday, March 25, 7-8:30 PM
Book Signing, 8:30-9 PM
Rondileau Campus Center, Large Ballroom

Terry McMillan’s literary career was launched with the publication of her 1987 novel, Mama, which went on to earn a national book award by the Before Columbus Foundation. Her second novel, Disappearing Acts, was published in England and Holland in 1990 and later became available in paperback.

Her next work, Waiting to Exhale, appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List in 1992, where it would remain for 38 weeks. Ms. McMillan co-wrote the sceenplay for the movie, which was released in December 1995. The following spring, How Stella Got Her Groove Back was published and remained on The New York Times Best Seller List for 21 weeks. It, too, was made into a major motion picture.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short followed in 2001, and her most recent novel, The Interruption of Everything, was published in 2005. Not limiting herself to writing, Ms. McMillan edited Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction and Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Writers.

Ms. McMillan has been a guest columnist for The New York Times “Hers” column and has reviewed books for The New York Times Book Review, Atlanta Constitution and Philadelphia Inquirer. The three-time Fellow at Yaddo Artist Colony and the MacDowell Colony has been a visiting professor of English at the University of Wyoming and Stanford University, as well as associate professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Born in Port Huron, MI, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the MFA Film Program at Columbia University. Ms. McMillan divides her time between Northern California and New York.

Admission is free to Bridgewater State College Distinguished Speaker Series presentations, but tickets are required. To reserve tickets, call the President’s Office Events Line at 508.531.6123

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