Chestertown – Best-selling author and musician James McBride will present a reading from his acclaimed new book Song Yet Sung at Washington College’s Decker Theater in the Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 29, at 4:30 p.m.
McBride has written for the Washington Post, People, the Boston Globe, Essence, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. He is the author of The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna.
In his latest work, Song Yet Sung, McBride follows a group of slaves as they escape to freedom through the swamps of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Publishers Weekly praised the work as “intricately constructed and impressive … McBride … nails the horrors of slavery as well as he does the power of hope and redemption.” The Washington Post noted, “McBride’s engagement with the historical continuum provides a new slant on an old subject. He may have set his novel in the 1850s, but he is writing about the hurdles we yet face.”
Song Yet Sung was chosen by the Maryland Humanities Council to represent the One Maryland One Book program for 2009, and was chosen by Washington College for its First-Year Book program.
The First-Year Book program gives new students a common experience over the summer and introduces them to Washington College’s tradition of bringing great writers to campus.
“Song Yet Sung: A Reading by James McBride” is sponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House, the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Department of English, the Dean of the College, Gunston Day School’s In Celebration of Books, Kent County Public Library, and the One Maryland One Book program of the Maryland Humanities Council.
Admission is free and open to the public.