One Book author to visit MCCC in April

Author and musician James McBride will be coming to the MCCC Meyer Theater, located in the La-Z-Boy Center, on April 4th to speak about his memoir, “The Color of Water.”

The memoir has been chosen for Monroe County’s “One Book, One Community” program.  

“The program will help our county feel like we’re doing something together as a community,” said Cheryl Johnston, an English professor who helped bring Mcbride here.

In the past, Monroe has taken part in the “Big Read” program, but did not receive a grant this year.

“One Book, One Community” is a non-funded program, but is being made possible here in Monroe by community sponsors.  Pearson Higher Education Publishing is making it possible for McBride to speak here.

Besides “The Color of Water,” McBride has written two other novels, “Song Yet Sung” and “Miracle at St. Anna.”

He is also an accomplished musician, playing saxophone in his six-piece jazz and R&B band.

McBride has been a staff writer for the Boston Globe, The Washington Post and People Magazine, and a contributor to The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Essence.

He is a native New Yorker and received his Masters degree in Journalism at Columbia University. He is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

One Book, One Community runs from March 15 –  April 15. An official calendar of events is expected to be released sometime next month. Plans for several community events such as book discussions, writing workshops, and film series are in the works.

“The Color of Water” is available for purchase in the MCCC Bookstore.