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Writer, Musician James McBride to Perform on Oct. 2

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Best-selling author, musician and screenwriter James McBride will present a lecture and perform in concert on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

The program is free and open to the public.

McBride is best known for his memoir The Color of Water, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. Considered an American classic by many, it is read in schools and universities across the country.

McBride's debut novel was Miracle at St. Anna, which was made into a film of the same name by director Spike Lee. McBride wrote the script for the film and also co-wrote, with Lee, the film "Red Hook Summer." McBride has also written the novels Song Yet Sung and The Good Lord Bird, about abolitionist John Brown, who was hanged in 1859 after attempting to spark a slave revolt.

McBride is also a former staff writer for The Boston Globe, People Magazine and The Washington Post. His work has appeared in Essence, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

McBride toured as a saxophonist with jazz legend Jimmy Scott, among others, and has written music and lyrics for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., Purafe and Gary Burton. He received the Stephen Sondheim Award and the Richard Rodgers Foundation Horizon Award for his musical, "Bo-Bos." He has also been featured on national radio and television in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

McBride is a native of New York who studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

Posted 9/12/13

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