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James McBride's "The Good Lord Bird" Reimagines Abolitionist History

Pictures from "Think Out Loud" with James McBride.

Most literary works on the Civil War are sober accounts of a bloody, tumultuous time in American history. James McBride’s 2013 novel The Good Lord Bird is unique in its examination of Civil War history with a dark, lyrical humor that has been compared to Mark Twain.

The Good Lord Bird won the National Book Award for fiction. James McBride first gained notoriety for his 1996 memoir The Color of Water. In addition to his success as a writer, McBride is also an accomplished saxophonist.

We’ll talk to James McBride Thursday, October 16, at Literary Arts in Portland. Tickets are free but must be reserved.

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