Author James McBride speaks at FDU

Acclaimed author and jazz musician, James McBride, will address students and perform with his band at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus  on Wednesday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Recreation Center.

The program revolves around McBride's book, "The Good Lord Bird," which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013. The entire freshmen class at the Florham Campus is reading the novel, which is about a slave who joins abolitionist John Brown and takes part in the famous raid on Harper's Ferry. McBride will read passages from the book and discuss it before performing with his band, also called The Good Lord Bird.


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James McBride speaks to the freshman class in 2014. The award-winning author will return to the Florham Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. (Photo by W. Scott Giglio)


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."

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.