Author James McBride speaks to students

Fairleigh Dickinson University hosted acclaimed author James McBride on Wednesday, November 19 2014 from 3:30-6  p.m. at FDU’s Florham Campus in Madison, N.J.  

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Author James McBride speaks to the freshman class.

The event started with a reading by McBride in the Ferguson Recreation Center gymnasium at 3:30 p.m. Afterwards, all were invited to the reception in the upper balcony of the Monninger Center.

McBride's novel, The Good Lord Bird, serves as the text for the campus book program for this year and next. The audience consisted of the entire freshman class as well as upper classmen taking composition classes, CORE, Creative Writing, and History.

The WAVE Gallery had its opening for the new exhibit at the same time and invited guests to check out the artwork.

In addition to The Good Lord Bird, McBride is also author of the bestselling memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother.

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Nearly 700 students were in attendance to listen to James McBride


He was awarded the 1993 American Music Festival’s Stephen Sondheim Award, the 1996 American Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Award, and the 1996 ASCAP Richard Rodgers Horizons Award. McBride is currently a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in South Nyack, New York, with his wife and two daughters.