James McBride

James McBride was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended city public schools. He studied music in Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory music school and went on to graduate further with an MA in Journalism from Columbia University, New York. McBride holds honorary doctorates and works as a renowned resident author at the New York University. He lives between his two homes in New York and Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

Before taking up a full-time novel-writing career, James McBride wrote for The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post, among other notable Magazines in the US. He also wrote for the National Geographic about a featured story titled Hip Hop Planet in April 2007.

McBride has written musical lyrics for notable artists like Anita Baker, Gary Burton, and other famous musicians. He also plays the saxophone, and he performed with the legendary jazz maestro Little Jimmy Scott. McBride has received various music awards as a composer such as the Richard Rodgers Foundation Horizon Award and the Stephen Sondheim Award. He also won the National Book award for the book, The Good Lord Bird in 2013.

Standalone Novels

Miracle at St. Anna(2001) 
Song Yet Sung(2008) 
The Good Lord Bird(2013) 
Deacon King Kong(2020) 

Short Story Collections

Five-Carat Soul(2017)

Non-Fiction Books

The Color of Water(1996)
Kill ’em and Leave(2016)
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