Stoop Series /

Conversation with Bernice McFadden and Terry McMillan


Mar 31, 2015 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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In collaboration with Akashic Books, an independent publishing company, BRIC is hosting a night with writers Bernice McFadden and Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back). These long-time friends will discuss McFadden’s novel Loving Donovan which includes a new introduction by McMillan. Tracey Smith of Go on Girl! Book Club will be moderating the conversation between McFadden and McMillan.

Despite being born to a brokenhearted mother and a faithless father, Campbell still believes in the power of love . . . if she can ever find it. Living in the same neighborhood, but unknown to Campbell until a chance meeting brings them together, is Donovan, the “little man” of a shattered home—a family torn apart by anger and bitterness. In the face of daunting obstacles, Donovan dreams of someday marrying, raising a family, and playing in the NBA. But deep inside, Campbell and Donovan live with the histories that have shaped their lives. What they discover—together and apart—forms the basis of this compelling, sensual, and surprising novel.


Bernice L. McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar, Gathering of Waters, and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Terry McMillian is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Mama (1987, American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award), Disappearing Acts (1989), Waiting to Exhale (1992, 38 weeks on the NYT Best Seller List), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1996, debuted at #1 and spent 21 weeks on the NYT Best Seller List), A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2001, debuted at #1 on the NYT Best Seller List, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work), The Interruption of Everything (2005), It’s Okay If You’re Clueless: and 23 More Tips for the College Bound (2006), Getting to Happy (2010, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work), Who Asked You? (2013). She is also the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction (1990), and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie versions of her novels Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. She is the recipient of the Essence Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Literature. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her new novel, I Almost Forgot About You, and is working on a signature household line. Terry has a son, Solomon, of whom she is very proud.

Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction, crime fiction, and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.

BRIC’s Stoop Series illuminates the arts and life around us in Brooklyn through artistic performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. Explore music, visual art, film, media, storytelling, comedy, and other creative fields. Grab a coffee or a cocktail and engage with some of the most innovative artistic voices in Brooklyn's ever-expanding cultural scene. On the monumental interior stoop of BRIC House – there’s something different every week!

Special thanks to Akashic Books and Greenlight Bookstore:


This event is co-sponsored by Go On Girl! Book Club:


Venue Information:

The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.