James McBride studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He was a staff writer for The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post. His works include the memoir The Color of Water, the biography Kill 'Em and Leave, and two novels entitled Miracle at St. Anna and Song Yet Sung. He wrote the screenplay for Miracle at St. Anna when it was made into a movie in 2008. He won the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird. He is a saxophonist and former sideman for jazz legend Jimmy Scott. He has written songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., Gary Burton, and Barney, the PBS television character. He received the Stephen Sondheim Award and the Richard Rodgers Foundation Horizon Award for his musical Bo-Bos co-written with playwright Ed Shockley. In 2005, he published the first volume of a CD-based documentary about life as lived by low-profile jazz musicians entitled The Process. He is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The stories in Five-Carat Soul—none of them ever published before—spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. They’re funny and poignant, insightful and unpredictable, imaginative and authentic—all told with McBride’s unrivaled storytelling skill and meticulous eye for character and detail. McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives.
McBride writes with humor and insight about how we struggle to understand who we are in a world we don’t fully comprehend. The result is a surprising, perceptive, and evocative collection of stories that is also a moving exploration of our human condition. (Muscogulus)… (more)
Joanne Kelly's Bookclub Meetup for August 25th @ 7 pm
Join us on Tuesday August 25 at 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove for refreshments and discussion! Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail or with John at McNally Robinson or by calling 204-453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.
New book announced at the beginning of each month through McNally Robinson's The Bookseller newsletter. You simply read the book and show up at McNally the last Tuesday of the month to talk about the book. You can pick and choose the books you want to read – and the book club meetups you want to attend.
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.
Location: Street: 1200 11th St City: Bellingham, Province: Washington Postal Code: 98225-7015 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Octavia Books Book Club - THE GOOD LORD BIRD (September 2014)
At last, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride is in paper! The Octavia Books Book Club will be discussing this 2013 NationalBook Award winner on Saturday, September 20, 10:30 A.M. (The club meets every third Saturday of the month at 10:30, and newcomers are welcome!).
"From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown's antislavery crusade - and who must pass as a girl to survive."
Location: Street: 513 Octavia St City: New Orleans, Province: Louisiana Postal Code: 70115-2055 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
National Book Award Winners Weekend: James McBride--CANCELLED
It's National Book Award Winners Weekend at Warwick's! Join us as we host National Book Award Winners James McBride and Colum McCann over one spectacular weekend. This will be a readers weekend to remember!
Please Note: Due to extreme weather conditions James McBride will be unable to attend this event. We hope to be able to host him in the future.
We will kick the weekend off with the winner of 2013 Award for Fiction James McBride, who will be discussing and signing The Good Lord Bird on Saturday, February 15th at 4:00pm. A Reserved Seating Package for this weekend is available. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
Location: Street: 7812 Girard Ave City: La Jolla, Province: California Postal Code: 92037 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
James McBride - The Good Lord Bird Non Fiction The winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, McBride’s virtuoso narrative is a story of antebellum America like you’ve never heard before. Featuring a slave born as Henry who travels to freedom as a girl named Henrietta—until nicknamed “Little Onion” by John Brown and his sons—McBride’s twelve-year-old protagonist offers frank and fresh takes on figures from Brown to Frederick Douglass to Harriett Tubman. (MDGentleReader)… (more)
James McBride and his gospel quintet present The Good Lord Bird, McBride’s “magnificent” (New York Times Book Review) new novel, a book “so imaginative you’ll race to the finish” (NPR.org). Combining selected readings with music inspired by and in some cases even sung by the abolitionist John Brown, a key figure in this “wildly entertaining” (People) novel, the band will have you on your feet with their mix of exuberant spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel music. With Keith Robinson on guitar, Trevor Exter on bass, Showtime Brooks on drums, Adam Faulk on piano, James McBride on saxophone and the whole band on vocals.
Reserve your signed books here! Books will be available at Mongoose vs. Cobra during the event or may be picked up at Brazos Bookstore anytime after.
Location: Street: Mongoose vs. Cobra Additional: 1011 McGowen St City: Houston, Province: Texas Postal Code: 77002 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
This event will be live streamed. Please click here for more information and to view archived events. From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with James McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival. About the Author James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the American classic The Color of Water and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was turned into a film by Spike Lee. A graduate of Oberlin College, he has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. McBride holds several honorary doctorates and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
Location: Street: 265 Aragon Ave City: Coral Gables, Province: Florida Postal Code: 33134-5008 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)