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.”

To register or for more information, visit www.westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.