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Mar 24 2014

NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: James McBride

With only ten days before the NC Literary Festival, it’s more important than ever to finalize your list of authors to see. We’ve introduced Richard Ford and Junot Díaz, so now it’s time for James McBride—bestselling memoirist, saxophonist, and songwriter.

James McBride is perhaps best known for his landmark memoir The Color of Water—a book which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. The Color of Water is a moving, thoughtful account of McBride’s life that enables its readers to look inside themselves at their own decisions and beliefs. McBride’s latest novel The Good Lord Bird features the American revolutionary John Brown, and won the 2013 National Book Award.

In addition to being one of America’s best contemporary writers, McBride is a phenomenal saxophonist and songwriter. As a musician, he toured with jazz legend Jimmy Scott, is an accomplished songwriter, and co-wrote the musical “Bo-Bos.” Even more, McBride is a successful screenwriter and prolific journalist, and has written for news outlets including The Boston Globe, Washington Post, and People Magazine.

McBride will be speaking at the Literary Festival on Saturday, April 5 from 2:00-3:00PM in the Hunt Library. We are honored to have him join us for the NC Literary Festival.

For more information about the Literary Festival’s events and schedule, please visit the Festival website.