Bestselling Author James McBride in Conversation with LeVar Burton

Award Winning author James McBride joins a virtual event with {pages} a Bookstore and Eso Won Books to discuss his newest novel Deacon King Kong.  

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the projects drug dealer at point-blank range.

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The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBrides funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhoods Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.

As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characterscaught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New Yorkoverlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion.

Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us.

James McBride is an accomplished musician and the author of the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, the bestselling American classic The Color of Water, the novels Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, the story collection Five-Carat Soul, and Kill Em and Leave, a biography of James Brown. The recipient of a National Humanities Medal, McBride is also a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University.

LeVar Burton is an Emmy-award winning actor, director, producer and writer known for his iconic work on Roots, Star Trek, and Reading Rainbow. He is the host and Executive Producer of LeVar Burton Reads, a podcast of fiction for adults featuring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, and Ray Bradbury among many others. LeVar continues his legacy of storytelling with his production company LeVar Burton Entertainment.

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ISBN: 9780735216723
Availability: In Stock
Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020