Longtime NJMH partner and author James McBride wins National Book Award!

November 22, 2013

Congratulations to author James McBride for winning the National Book Award for “The Good Lord Bird.”Hailed as a “brilliant romp of a novel” the novel follows the story of a young boy who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade by passing as a girl. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem was honored to have McBride celebrate the book release with us on September 24th for an evening of readings and spiritual, stomping, swinging music inspired by John Brown. The band that evening featured McBride on tenor saxophone, Keith Robinson on guitar, Show Tyme Brooks on drums, Adam Faulk on piano and Trevor Exter on bass. With a New York Times bestselling memoir The Color of Water and now The Good Lord Bird, McBride continues to be an essential voice on the literary landscape as he illuminates complex issues of race and identity in striking ways. 

Check out this video from our event with James and be sure to grab a copy of the book if you haven’t already!