Reigning National Book Award winner James McBride will visit Lawrence on Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 pm at Liberty Hall, as we kick off the first annual Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. This exciting new program brings nationally-recognized authors to the library thanks to generous grants from The Ross & Marianna Beach Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird offers a blend of humor and history. It’s McBride’s latest novel, and is an irreverent and funny fictional account of a young slave who joins John Brown’s abolitionist mission. The book won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.
Taking the stage with McBride is the Good Lord Bird Band, a gospel jazz quintet that provides a unique musical backup to the author’s readings from the novel. The evening also will include a special performance by Lawrence’s Ninth Street Baptist Church choir. Together they will provide a memorable and exuberant evening of words and music.
Free tickets to the event will be available at the library starting September 10 on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open on October 22 at Liberty Hall at 7:00pm, and the program will begin at 7:30pm. Any open seats will be available to the general public without tickets starting at 7:15pm.