Detroit Writing Room Author Series ft. Dr. M. Roy Wilson

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Detroit Writing Room Author Series ft. Dr. M. Roy Wilson

Enjoy an intimate conversation and book signing with the author of “The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter.”

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The Whitney 4421 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Detroit Writing Author Series is excited to feature Dr. M. Roy Wilson for our January event!

Join us Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. for an intimate book talk and signing at the historic Whitney mansion in Detroit.

Dr. M. Roy Wilson is the 12th president of Wayne State University. His memoir, “The Plum Tree Blossoms Even in Winter,” was released in 2022 by the Wayne State University Press.

Guests will enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres during a meet-and-greet with the author in the Whitney’s Music Room. The event will include an author talk, opportunity to ask questions during Q&A and book signing. There will also be signed book giveaways and other raffle prizes!


7 - 7:20 p.m. - Meet-and-Greet, Drinks & Appetizers

7:20 - 7:45 p.m. - Book Talk

7:45 - 8:05 p.m. - Q&A

8:05 - 8:30 p.m. - Book Signing

Buy the Book:

We have partnered with the independent bookstore 27th Letter Books in Detroit. Guests can purchase the book onsite or online and have it shipped before the event. Order a copy here.


Single admission is $60. Includes passed appetizers and one glass of wine, Champagne or beer. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased as gifts. Please provide the recipient’s name and email so we can include them on our guest list.

Purchase a Detroit Writing Room Author Series Pass to receive admission to each monthly event January through June 2023. Pass holders get one event free! They will also receive a 15% discount on books. Buy a pass here.

Tickets are nonrefundable. Due to limited space, tickets cannot be purchased at the door and must be bought online in advance. Registration closes at 6 p.m. EST the day of the event.


The Whitney offers valet parking in their main lot for $10 per car. Guests may self-park in the lot located across the street at Woodward and Canfield. There is also street parking along Canfield Street.

Covid-19 Policy:

We will follow all CDC guidelines at the time of each event.

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About the Author

Dr. M. Roy Wilson is chancellor emeritus of the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center and the 12th president of Wayne State University. Previously, he was dean of the School of Medicine at Creighton University, where he was the youngest medical dean in the country and the second African American dean of a non-HBCU medical school; president of the four campus Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; dean of the medical school, president and chair of the board of directors of Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science; and deputy director of strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the NIH.

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About the Book

From a childhood marked by loneliness and want, M. Roy Wilson forged an extraordinary life of accomplishment and acclaim. His accomplishments include the presidencies of four universities, dean of two medical schools and deputy director of one of the National Institutes of Health’s 27 Centers and Institutes. Through this inspiring and deeply personal story of struggle and success, Wilson shares insights gleaned through his life experiences, many of which helped others reach their highest potential as students, faculty, physicians and people.

Born to a Japanese mother and Black father, much of M. Roy Wilson’s childhood in Japan was marked by parental absence, sexual abuse, extended periods as a runaway, physical confrontations and frequent moves. He was often forced to play the role of caregiver to his younger sister, and together they grew to depend on each other for support until their teenage years.

Under the guidance of his high school English teacher, Wilson turned his life around and obtained an MD from Harvard Medical School. His adult life as a physician was ironically beset with significant health challenges, including diagnoses of cardiomyopathy that rendered him uninsurable, a potentially blinding eye disease and cancer that at first was thought to be terminal. Having developed a veneer of invulnerability as a child, he kept these medical diagnoses a secret until now.

Like the plum tree that blooms even during dark and dreary times, Wilson overcame his childhood challenges and later, his health issues, to achieve distinction in medicine, higher education and global health research. The journey to this unlikely outcome is an engrossing tale of outside forces that shape racial and cultural identity, the importance of mentorship and friendship, and the lasting impact of an unstable and often heartbreaking family dynamic. Order here.

About The Detroit Writing Room

The Detroit Writing Room offers an inspirational community for writers, creatives and professionals. Whether you’re working on the next Great American novel or a resume, the DWR has 30 professional writing coaches to help with all your writing needs. We also host book talks, writing workshops, and literary events. Visit to sign up for coaching, memberships, events and more. Check out to see our New York-based coaching team.