McBride to deliver WestportREADS keynote at playhouse Saturday
James McBride, author of “Miracle at St. Anna” — the book selected for this year’s WestportREADS community reading project — will deliver the program’s keynote address Saturday at the Westport Country Playhouse.
McBride’s appearance, organized by the Westport Library, will take place at 6 p.m. in the theater, a co-sponsor of the program. The presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.
McBride, also a musician and screenwriter, is the author of the best-selling memoir, “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother.” His novel “The Good Lord Bird” — about John Brown, who led an anti-slavery revolt — was the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.
“Miracle at St. Anna” is a novel based on a is a little-known event in Italy during World War II, when a group of black American soldiers were trapped behind enemy lines in Italy.
McBride’s newest book, “Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown,” is an authorized biography of James Brown scheduled for release in March.
A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia School of Journalism, McBride has written for the Boston Globe, People and the Washington Post. Also an award-winning composer and saxophonist, McBride has written music and lyrics for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and Gary Burton, as well as for the PBS character “Barney.”