This mother’s day season, celebrate with a unique author talk featuring two sisters and their mother who are writing and publishing books inspired by their unique family experience with race, religion, and achievement. Judge Marylin E. Atkins will speak about her memoir, The Triumph of Rosemary detailing how she rose from being adopted by an abusive family to being the longest-serving Chief Judge of Detroit’s 36th District Court ─ after being appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court six times. Her daughter Elizabeth Ann Atkins is the author of the steamy thriller Dark Secret, as well as upcoming God’s Answer is Know: Lessons From A Spiritual Life, while her other daughter, Catherine M. Greenspan, is the author of The Veronica series, the most recent of which is Race Home, Veronica
About The Triumph of Rosemary by Marylin E. Atkins
Baby Rosemary - born to an Italian teen and a married black man in Detroit in 1946 - is adopted from an agency by a black couple in Saginaw, Michigan The adoptive mother's abuse instills in the girl, whom they name Marylin Elnora, ambition to achieve great things on her own. At age 19, Marylin sparks a racial and religious scandal by marrying former Roman Catholic priest Thomas Lee Atkins, who is white and 25 years older.
Poor in finances but rich in love, they have two biracial daughters, Elizabeth Ann Atkins and Catherine Marie Atkins Greenspan, who look white. Team work makes the family's dream work as Marylin attends the University of Detroit School of Law at night while she and Tom work full time; he becomes "Mr. Mom"-- taking the high-achieving girls to lessons for swim, piano, and skiing. He journals nightly, inspiring the girls' passion for reading and writing.
All the while, family rifts in the wake of their interracial union begin to heal, fostering harmony and healing. The family's lifestyle includes friendships and associations with people of a cornucopia of race, religion, and culture, as Tom even serves as president of an American Indian association.
Marylin becomes an attorney, putting the girls through the University of Michigan. Sadly, Tom dies before seeing the girls earn graduate degrees in writing from Columbia University and University of San Francisco. And he never saw Marylin's illustrious and highly respected career as a judge, which included 12 years as chief judge of Detroit's 36th District Court.
The Triumph of Rosemary's vivid dialogue, raw revelations, and heartwarming messages will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the power of one woman to pioneer a place for herself and her family in a sometimes unwelcoming world that ultimately embraced and celebrated her family's legacy of colorblind love.
Judge Marylin Atkins is the longest-serving Chief Judge of Detroit’s 36th District Court, after being appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court six times.
Judge Atkins earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saginaw Valley State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law. Marylin enjoys exercising, playing the piano, doing carpentry, relaxing with friends, and baking banana-nut-raisin bread that she delivers to her friends, family, and others. She lives in Detroit.
About Dark Secret by Elizabeth Ann Atkins
Two beautiful sisters spark a scandal of race, sex, politics, and money so big - it could kill them both.
Camille is living the glamorous life in New York City - by passing for white. Meanwhile, Karen is proudly serving their interracial family and Detroit community
But their black mother is dying.
Camille can save her. But that would expose Camille's Dark Secret to the rich, racist dynasty that she's worked so hard to join through marriage.
Will Camille let her mother die? Or will Karen force her sister to save their mother's life?
From New York to Capitol Hill, from a Virginia plantation to the ghetto and glamour of Detroit, Karen and Camille battle for what they believe in. Their clash over black and white, love and money, seduction and deception, explodes into a national scandal.
Can the two sisters escape alive?
Elizabeth Ann Atkins is a best-selling author, actress, TV host and award-winning journalist who is CEO and Co-Creator of Atkins & Greenspan Writing and Two Sisters Writing & Publishing. With a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan, Elizabeth has written 20 books, including novels White Chocolate, Dark Secret, and Twilight (with Billy Dee Williams). She co-hosts a weekly TV show, MI Healthy Mind, and has acting roles in the films, Anything Is Possible and The Andrea Doria: Are The Passengers Saved? Elizabeth has been a guest on many national TV programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show.
About Race Home, Veronica
"If you want to make friends, don't hang with Rhonda." This warning is like a slap in Veronica's face, because Rhonda was the only visibly black girl in her grade.
Veronica hates that people assume she's prejudiced just because she looks white, even though her mother is black. Can she handle being rejected again? Can she get through the day fearing that people will make another racial slur?
When school finally ends, Veronica's excited to escape the small town and spend the summer on Cape Cod with her friend Sally. But as soon as they drive off, she learns a terrible secret about Sally's family. Once they arrive at the cottage, things go from weird to worse.
How will she survive the summer with this family from hell, with its hired black help in the kitchen? How can she avoid their criticisms and questions about what it's like to be mixed? Can she find peace with anyone on Cape Cod?
Catherine M. Greenspan is Co-Creator of Atkins & Greenspan Writing and Two Sisters Writing & Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She recently released the first three novels in The Veronica Series, about a 14-year-old girl who's navigating the tricky terrain of friends, boys, school, and family. They are: Veronica, I Heard Your Mom's Black; Veronica Talks to Boys; and Race Home, Veronica! Catherine is working on more books that showcase the many issues and dynamics that multiracial kids endure.