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National Writers Series Presents

A Book Talk with Governor Gretchen Whitmer

July 31, 2024


Don’t miss Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. to talk about her new book, True Gretch. You’ll love this unconventionally honest, personal, and funny account of her remarkable life and career.

Written with Whitmer’s trademark sense of humor and straight-shooting style, True Gretch is not only a compelling account of her remarkable journey, but also a blueprint for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community, their country, or the world. It is a testament to the power of humor, perseverance, and compassion in the face of darkness.

When Gretchen Whitmer was growing up, her beloved grandmother, Nino, taught her that you can always find something good in other people. “Even the meanest person might have pretty eyes,” she would say. Nino’s words persuaded Whitmer to look for the good in any person or situation—just one of many colorful personal experiences that have shaped her political vision. (And, as Whitmer writes, one that resonated more than another piece of advice her grandmother offered, to “never part your hair in the middle.”)

In this candid and inspiring book, Whitmer reveals the principles and instincts that have shaped her extraordinary career, from her early days as a lawyer and legislator and her 2018 election as governor of Michigan, to her bold and innovative actions as she led the state through a series of unprecedented crisis. Her motto in politics, she writes, is to “get shit done.”

Whitmer shares the lessons in resilience that steered her through some of the most challenging events in Michigan’s history, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, a 500-year flood, the rise of domestic terrorism, and the fierce fight to protect reproductive rights.

Along the way, she tells stories about the outsize characters in her family, her lifelong clumsy streak, the wild comments she’s heard on the campaign trail, her self-deprecating social media campaigns (including her star turn as a talking potato with lipstick), and the slyly funny tactics she deploys to neutralize her opponents.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with live music, a cash bar, and specially named cookies!

The event begins at 8 p.m. and includes a Q and A. Each ticket comes with a signed HARDCOVER copy of True Gretch.

IMPORTANT: This will be a highly secured event where security guards will wand each in-person attendee with metal detectors. We're also asking that everyone leave purses and backpacks in your vehicles, unless they are clear plastic. The security team will send you back to your car if you bring it with you to the door.


Tickets available to Friends of the NWS on 7/9 and to the public on 7/12 at 10am

Student Tickets: Just $10 - does not include book


Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 8:00pm

Presenting Sponsors: Dan and Marsha Edson
Sustaining Sponsor: The Green Brick Foundation
Season Sponsor: NorthGuard Technology Group
Arts Benefactor: Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
Grantors: Michigan Arts and Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts
Media Sponsors: Traverse City Record-Eagle, Interlochen Public Radio, Up North Media, Midwest Broadcasting, Northern Express
Supporting Sponsors: Image 360, Horizon Books, Amical, Cambria Suites
Official Airport: Cherry Capital Airport

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