New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan will be the featured speaker at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.


She will speak for the 2019 Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series. McMillan will address students, faculty, and the public in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Auditorium, according to a news release.


“The University is honored to have Ms. McMillan join us and share her experiences as one of the voices that helped shift the narrative surrounding Black readers and their appreciation for Black female protagonists in literature,” said Ann White-Taylor, Ph.D, chairman of the lecture series committee at UAPB.


“Our commitment to the lecture series is ongoing and provides our student body with an immeasurable opportunity for exposure to today’s relevant thinkers and newsmakers,” White-Taylor said.


During her visit, McMillan will speak with faculty, staff, and students and attend a welcome reception. Following her lecture, there will be a book signing in the lobby of the fine arts building for her latest novel, “I Almost Forgot About You.”


“Known for irreverent, pitch-perfect tales of women’s lives, McMillan’s seven bestsellers are rich in fearless wisdom, heart-touching characters and unforgettable stories of friendships, healing, intergenerational bonds and women saving their own lives,” according to the release. “She first encountered the power of words, storytelling, and the works of James Baldwin while shelving books as a public library page at the age of 14.”


The first in her family to attend college, she earned degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University.


“Her first novel, Mama, received critical acclaim, including an American Book Award. Her second novel, Disappearing Acts, immediately sold more than two million copies. McMillan wrote Waiting to Exhale during her tenure as a professor at the University of Arizona. The hardcover release spent more than 38 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and became a Grammy and MTV Movie Award-winning blockbuster,” according to the release.


“Her next #1 bestseller, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was also turned into a hit major motion picture. McMillan’s next book, A Day Late and a Dollar Short debuted at number #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Her body of work also includes the bestsellers: The Interruption of Everything, Getting to Happy, and Who Asked You? Her latest book, I Almost Forgot About You, is the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning— personifying the author’s empowering messages about reinvention at any age. A new novel, It’s Not All Downhill From Here, is scheduled for release in March 2020. In all, McMillan’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide,” according to the release.


The lecture is free and open to the public. Details: whitea@uapb.edu or 870-575-8206.