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Renowned author James McBride to speak at campus

11/4/2011 —

Author, musician, and screenwriter James McBride will speak at Penn State Lehigh Valley at 1 p.m. on Nov. 30 in room 135. The event is free and open to the public.

McBride's landmark memoir, "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother," is considered an American classic and read in schools and universities across the United States. It is currently being read by students in a number of Penn State Lehigh Valley courses. His debut novel, "Miracle at St. Anna," was translated into a major motion picture directed by American filmmaker Spike Lee and released by Disney/Touchstone in September 2008. McBride also wrote the script for the film. His newest novel, "Song Yet Sung," was released in paperback in January 2009.

McBride is also a former staff writer for The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post. His work has appeared in Essence, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. His April 2007 National Geographic story entitled “Hip Hop Planet” is considered a respected treatise on African-American music and culture.

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email aag18@psu.edu.

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