Carnegie Music Hall

September 22
7:30 p.m.

Spice up your Mondays with Pittsburgh Arts & LecturesLiterary Evenings. On Monday, September 22nd, the series welcomes award-winning author James McBride to Oakland’s Carnegie Music Hall for a reading and lecture.

Kicking off its 2014-15 season of Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series, McBride’s talk will focus on his life and on his latest novel, The Good Lord Bird.

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, the novel depicts a slave who unites with John Brown during the abolitionist movement. Narrated by elderly Henry Shackleford, the story shares reminisces of the central character’s youthful adventures during the pivotal year of 1856. A slave boy living in the Kansas Territory, Shackleford joins John Brown’s abolitionist army, and poses as a girl to survive.

A Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, McBride is also author of the 1996 New York Times bestseller The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother.

Born in 1957 and raised in Brooklyn, McBride—who is also a musician—received his MA in journalism from Columbia University. McBride has worked as a journalist on the staffs of several acclaimed publications, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and People magazine, and has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and many others.

McBride’s books will be available for purchase at the event via Mystery Lovers Bookshop, an independent book store in Oakmont.

Bonus? Be sure to arrive early on Monday to see Carnegie Museum of Natural History‘s current exhibition, RACE: Are We So Different?, which will remain open after hours. From 5 to 7 p.m., admission to the featured exhibit is free for all James McBride ticket holders.

Connecting Pittsburgh audiences with leading authors of our time, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series is sponsored by the Drue Heinz Trust.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.