University to host award-winning author March 3

Award-winning author James McBride will give a lecture and perform in a gospel concert at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the multipurpose room of the Ceddia Union Building at Shippensburg University.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the university’s Back Heritage Committee.

“The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script” is a lecture and gospel concert that focuses on the importance of the liberal arts as learning tools for life and explores the nature of identity, race and heritage.

“Each year the Black Heritage Committee tries to identify speakers that will speak on a topic related to our students, or topics which are prominent in society as a whole,” said Darrell Claiborne, director for the university union and student activities and committee co-chair.

McBride’s most recent novel, The Good Lord Bird, won the 2013 National Book Award for fiction. His book, The Color of Water, has sold more than two million copies and spent two years on The New York Times bestseller list. His second novel, Miracle at St. Anna, is now a Touchstone/Disney film directed by American film icon Spike Lee.

A gradate of the Columbia School of Journalism, McBride has written for The Boston Globe, People and The Washington Post. He is also an award-winning composer and saxophonist who has written songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., Gary Burton, and the PBS character “Barney.”

The program is followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.