james mcbride c chia messinaJames McBride’s latest novel, Deacon King Kong, is set in 1969 and is about the effect of a shooting on a community.  McBride is best known for his best-selling memoir, The Color of Water, which was about growing up in a family of 11 children in a Brooklyn Housing project.  His mother was white and Polish, his father African-American.  McBride’s novel Miracle at St. Anna about the largely African American 92nd Infantry Division in Italy during World War 2, was made into a film by Spike Lee.  His comedy novel The Good Lord Bird was awarded the National Book Award and has been adapted into a Showtime mini-series, starring Ethan Hawke.

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(Photo: Author James McBride's new book is Deacon King Kong - Chia Messina/via NPR)

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