For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

GCU Welcomes Bestselling "The Color of Water" Author James McBride to Campus in Celebration of Black History Month

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 5, 2009—Bestselling author of The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, Miracle of St. Anna, and Song Yet Sung, James McBride will speak at Georgian Court University on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium on the Lakewood campus. The cost is $10 per person in advance by calling 732.987.2263, or $15 at the door; it is free to members of the GCU community with ID.

The Color of Water won the 1997 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Literary Excellence, was an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year, and spent more than two years on the bestseller list.

After writing this memoir of his mother, McBride’s next book was a novel, Miracle of St. Anna, about the all-black, 92nd Infantry Division in World War II. McBride describes his latest novel, Song Yet Sung, published in 2008, as “a story about an escaped female slave and the slave catcher bent on catching her. On a deeper level, it's about the web of relationships that existed during slavery.”

McBride’s work touches upon life’s rich lessons, exploring the nature of identity, race, and heritage, moving his audiences to think, question, and challenge life.

“James McBride spoke to a packed crowd at Georgian Court back in 2003 about his memoir of his mother, The Color of Water,” says Mary Cranwell, GCU director of conferences and special events. “We are delighted to have him back to help us celebrate Black History Month.”

James McBride has worked as a journalist and is also an award-winning composer and saxophonist who has written songs for Anita Baker and Grover Washington Jr.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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