Terri McMillan featured at annual Book and Author luncheon

admin | 5/3/2012, 6:50 a.m.

[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] New York Times best-selling author Terri McMillan was the featured author at the Greater Miami Chapter of the Links, Inc.s 2012 Book and Author Luncheon at the Hilton Miami on Saturday, April 21st. I have a lot of respect for what the Links (Links, Inc.) do in education, as organ donors and their efforts in Africa, McMillan said. So, Im happy to support the Greater Miami Chapter because I like what they stand for. McMillan read from one her latest fictional work, Getting to Happy, a sequel to Waiting to Exhale. Afterwards, she answered a few of the audience members questions. For those individuals who wanted to learn how they themselves can get to happy, McMillan replied, At the top of my list is learn how to say no to other people and say yes to yourself. In conclusion to her presentation, the author joked, Im 60 years old, Im getting ready to sell my house, move to New York and find myself a boyfriend. The Links also donated 50 desks to McMillans favorite charity in Africa. In years past, the luncheon has featured other notable authors including Edwidge Danticat, Bebe Moore Campbell, Craig Marberry and Valerie Boyd. So the decision to feature McMillan was an easy one for the local Links chapter. We (the Greater Miami Chapter of the Links, Inc.) like her work and we thought that the crowd would really enjoy hearing from her, explained chapter President Renee Jones. My personal favorite is How Stella Got Her Grove Back, because I just really like the romance and thetropical feel of the novel. McMillans reading from her latest book, Getting to Happy, introduced her work to a new generation of potential fans. Kalyn James, Adrienne Arsht Centers corporate sponsorship coordinator, was so inspired by the presentation that she purchased the book onsite. I really thought it was a great glimpse into the real life sister-girl experience where you can just be yourself with your friends, James said. The 57-year-old Greater Miami Chapter of the Link support of the literary works of authors such as McMillan springs from their commitment to supporting creativity. On a national as well as a local level, chapters provide service to the community through their five program facets: the arts, international trends and services, health and human services, national trends and services, and services to youth. And under those guidelines the chapter has supported and led a number of initiatives from donating $15,000 to establish a teen fitness room to establishing a program to help immigrant women to hosting financial workshops for senior citizens. Their commitment to the arts even led the local chapter of the Links to write and publish their own book in 2010, Linkages and Legacies, a book about 50 local Blacks who pioneered a variety of industries, services and communities. By Kaila Heard kheard@miamitimesonline.com