Cover_True Gretch_headshot credit CJ Benninger
Join us for a virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Monday, July 22, 2024, 6pm PT/9pm ET
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
in conversation with Tim Meadows
discussing her memoir,
True Gretch: What I’ve Learned About Life, Leadership, and Everything in Between

Matt Walsh was previously the interviewer, Tim Meadows kindly stepped in.

Monday , July 22, 2024, 6pm PT/9pm ET
$45 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses only)
*Includes access to watch the event on July 22 at 6pm PT/9pm ET and on video-on-demand for five days after it airs

From trailblazing Michigan governor and rising Democratic star Gretchen Whitmer comes an unconventionally honest, personal, and funny account of her remarkable life and career, full of insights that guided her through a global pandemic, showdowns with high-profile bullies, and even a kidnapping and assassination plot.
Gretchen Whitmer is the governor of Michigan. Known for her bold and plainspoken style, Whitmer is a national voice on the rights of women, voters, and the LGBTQ+ community. She rose to national prominence for her leadership in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, when her efforts to save lives in the state earned her the nickname “That Woman from Michigan” from the former president. Later that year, a domestic terrorist cell began planning to kidnap and kill her, a plot that was foiled by the FBI and state police. Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander who first ran for office at age twenty-nine, has served in both state houses, and has never lost an election. She is the proud mother of two daughters, a huge Detroit Lions fan, and the subject of the song “Big Gretch” by rapper GMac Cash.
Tim Meadows is an actor, writer comedian who was one of the longest-running cast members on Saturday Night Live, where he appeared for ten seasons. Meadows  played the school principal in the hit comedy Mean Girls. Other credits include: Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Goldbergs, Schooled, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Office, Miracle Workers, No Activity. Tim has also voiced one of the main characters on Bob’s Burgers. Most recently, Tim starred in the Peacock series Poker Face, Disney+’s The Mandalorian, Comedy Central’s animated series Digman!, FOX’s animated series Grimsburg, and A24’s Dream Scenario with Nicolas Cage. 
True Gretch is filled with wonderful stories detailing an important public servant’s commitment to doing what is right for the people. This book is both a roadmap for how to get things done and a source of inspiration for engaged citizens in our democracy. It is also funny, bringing much-needed joy to the reader during a time of great solemnity.” — Hakeem Jeffries, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
In this candid memoir, 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 crises. 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 five-hundred-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.
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.