James McBride Wins the National Book Award for Fiction

mcbrideJames McBride, Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, won the National Book Award for fiction for his Civil War-era novel, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead, 2013).

national_book_award_medalMcBride has been on the faculty at New York University since 2005. One of his previous books, Miracle at St. Anna (Riverhead, 2002) was made into a film of the same title by Spike Lee.

McBride is also an accomplished jazz musician. He studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He has been a staff writer for the Boston Globe, Washington Post, and People magazine.

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