A conversation with James McBride

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Yesterday it was announced that James McBride had won a National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird, a tale told from the point of view of a teenage slave participating in John Brown’s 1859 raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal.

McBride has been on our radar ever since 1999, when he was the guest on the Readers & Writers call-in program, talking about his memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother.

We have pulled that conversation out of the archives so you can have a chance to hear one of the nation’s top writers discuss his work in own words.

A conversation with James McBride about “The Color of Water”