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National Book Festival

James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, “The Color of Water,” is an American classic and is read in schools and universities nationwide. His debut novel, “Miracle at St. Anna,” was made into a major motion picture directed by Spike Lee. McBride is also a former staff writer for The Boston Globe, People magazine and The Washington Post. His work has appeared in Essence, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. His April 2007 National Geographic story, “Hip Hop Planet,” is a highly regarded treatise on African American music and culture. McBride’s new novel is “The Good Lord Bird” (Riverhead/Penguin) and features the legendary abolitionist John Brown.

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James McBride

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