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Celebrate Black History Month With Special Author Signings at Epcot

Annette Gibbs

by , Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Anybody up for a quick trip with me down memory lane? I remember when one of my favorite books was made into the box office hit film, “Waiting to Exhale” starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. I can still hear Whitney singing one of the many catchy tunes from the movie soundtrack. The book, filled with colorful characters was written by NY Times best-selling author Terry McMillan. Now back to the present. I have great news. Terry is appearing at Epcot this Saturday, February 6th for a book signing and fan meet and greet.

But wait, there’s more! For all the foodies or, if you’re like me you just love to eat good food, on February 13th you can meet celebrity chef and author G. Garvin. When Chef Garvin isn’t cooking delicious food on TV he’s writing award winning recipe books.

These special appearances are in celebration of Black History Month. Guests have the opportunity to meet four renowned African-American authors and cultural icons each Saturday during the month of February. Book signings are open to all guests and hosted at the American Adventure Pavilion, where books written by each guest author are also available for purchase throughout the month.

Meet Terry McMillan the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Meet Chef G. Garvin at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot Saturday, Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • Terry McMillan
    Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

    Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan is known for her powerful novels and short stories about African American women. Her novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” was adapted into a film starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in 1995. Many of McMillan’s other novels, including the award-winning “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” have also been brought to life for film and television audiences. McMillan recently published her eighth novel, “Who Asked You?”
  • Chef G. Garvin
    Saturday, Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

    Acclaimed chef and television host, Chef G. Garvin has mastered the art of cooking as well as writing. His cookbook, “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin: More Than 200 Incredible Recipes from the Chef Who Keeps it Super Simple,” received an American Literacy Award. Chef Garvin has enjoyed continued success with his subsequent cookbooks and television show “Road Trip with G. Garvin” on The Cooking Channel.

While at American Adventure Pavilion be sure and visit the memorable exhibit “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection,” a collection of rare art, documents, books and artifacts attributed to African American history. Philanthropists Florida natives Bernard, Shirley and their son Khalil Kinsey share some of their vast personal collection of artifacts spanning 400 years of history. Also explore the pavilion rotunda and see the exquisite portraits of influential men and women who contributed to the progress of America.

Be sure and watch the blog for updates on other authors who will appear at Epcot.


  • This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Welcome to the blog Ms. Annette!

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