Between the Lines, LIVE from NYPL, Online: LIVE from NYPL: Terry McMillan with Tayari Jones

Date and Time
May 26, 2020
Event Details

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back returns with a story of defying expectations and finding joy.

It's Not All Downhill from Here

At 68, Loretha Curry is living well. Her days are filled with life-long friends, an adoring husband, and the running of her beauty-supply empire. Despite her age, she is determined to thrive, no matter the views that her mother and twin sister try to impose about how her age should make her feel. But when she is unexpectedly struck by loss, the very foundation on which she has built her success feels like it is faltering. 

Terry McMillan discusses It’s Not All Downhill from Here, her creative influences, and the career she has built writing stories about resilience. She will be joined in conversation by the Women's Prize for Fiction-winning author of An American Marriage, Tayari Jones.

Terry McMillan is the author of I Almost Forgot About You, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, A Day Late and a Dollar Short,The Interruption of Everything,and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. Four of Ms. McMillan’s novels, including Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back have been made into movies.

Tayari Jones is a New York Times best-selling author of four novels, including An American Marriage, which was awarded the Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award.  It has been published in two dozen countries. Jones is an A. D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.

Produced in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


Readers everywhere who wish to purchase a copies of Terry McMillan's It's Not All Downhill from Here and Tayari Jones's An American Marriage can do so at The New York Public Library Shop.

Hand holding phone with SimplyE on screen If you have an NYPL library card—or live in New York state and want to apply for one now—you can borrow other titles by Terry McMillan and Tayari Jones for free with our e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices. 


This program will take place online via videoconference. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link and password. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join. Captions for this event will be provided.

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