James McBride

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James McBride

Past Event: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

At Town Hall Seattle

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James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, The Color of Water, was on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. His latest novel The Good Lord Bird, about American revolutionary John Brown, is the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.

He has been a staff writer for publications such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Wilmington News Journal, and People. Additionally, he has written pieces for Rolling Stone, Us, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, National Geographic, and others. He is also an accomplished saxophonist and a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University. McBride is a native New Yorker. He plays tenor saxophone for the “The Rock Bottom Remainder,” a rock band made of “best-selling authors who are lousy musicians.”

McBride’s Patron Reception with have nibbles generously donated by Majorie Restaurant.

 

Selected Works:

Memoir
The Color of Water (1996)

Novels
The Good Lord Bird (2013 National Book Award for Fiction)
Song Yet Sung (2008)
Miracle at St. Anna 
(2002)

Screenplays
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Red Hook Summer (with Spike Lee) (2012)

Music and Lyrics for
Anita Baker
Grover Washington Jr.
Pura Fé
Gary Burton
PBS’s “Barney”
The Off-Broadway musical “Bo-Bos”
“Riffin’ and Pontificatin’” musical tour

Links

James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band | LIVE from the NYPL
The New York Times: Traveling With John Brown Along the Road to Literary Celebrity
How I Write: James McBride, The New National Book Award Winner For Fiction
https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-i-write-james-mcbride-the-new-national-book-award-winner-for-fiction
The New York Times: Marching On: James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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Accessibility

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