Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

The Westchester Library System To Bring Author and Musician James McBride to Manhattanville College
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:31

James McBrideThe Westchester Library System will be bringing musician, screenwriter, and best-selling author James McBride to Manhattanville College to speak about his latest novel, “The Good Lord Bird,” winner of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction, on March 2.

The event will kick off with an artist talk with McBride along with a live musical performance from the author’s jazz quintet as he explores his musical and historical influences for the novel and its characters. It will conclude with a book signing.

There will also be a wine tasting and silent auction during the event as well.

McBride first arrived on the scene with his memoir “The Color of Water”, which sat atop the New York Times’ Best Seller list for more than 2 years. His first novel “Miracle at St. Anna” was later turned into a feature film directed by Academy Award nominated Director Spike Lee. The two also co-wrote “Red Hook Summer.”

As a musician McBride is a trained tenor saxophonist and former side man to Jazz musician Jimmy Scott. He has also written music and lyrics for the likes of Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and even the television series Barney.  McBride studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and receive his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University.  

Tickets are $125 with proceeds from the event being donated to the Westchester Library System Outreach Services, dedicated to continuing programming in Westchester Community Libraries. The event will run from 2 to 4pm. Tickets are available online.  

Entergy is the sponsor of the event.