In his latest novel, <em>The Good Lord Bird,</em> McBride tells the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. <em>The Good Lord Bird </em>went on to win the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013, a prestigious honor amongst authors, and will be turned into a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith. He is also the author of <em>The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother</em> (1995). Read in colleges and high schools nationwide, it has sold more than two million copies and spent two years on the <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller List. His other books include <em>Miracle at St. Anna </em>(2001), which became a Spike Lee film; <em>Song Yet Sung</em> (2008), a national bestseller. McBride has written for <em>The Boston Globe</em> and <em>The Washington Post</em> and is an award-winning composer and saxophonist.
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