National Book Award Winning Author James McBride discusses his new book

{pages} and the Neptunian Women's Club are proud to welcome National Book Award Winning author James McBride in celebration of his new novel, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30 pm. James McBride’s last novel, Deacon King Kong is an all-time {pages} favorite as were Good Lord Bird and his beautiful memoir, The Color of Water.  It is an honor to welcome Mr. McBride to Manhattan Beach and the greater Southbay where his readers and fans are many.

Tickets are $40 and include a signed copy The Heaven & Earth Grocery StoreSeating is limited and we expect this event to sell out. If Event sells out on the website, please contact the store about joining our waitlist: or (310) 318-0900


More about the book:

From James McBride, author of the bestselling Oprah’s Book Club pick Deacon King Kong and the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, a novel about small-town secrets and the people who keep them.

In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. Chicken Hill was where Moshe and Chona Ludlow lived when Moshe integrated his theater and where Chona ran the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. When the state came looking for a deaf boy to institutionalize him, it was Chona and Nate Timblin, the Black janitor at Moshe’s theater and the unofficial leader of the Black community on Chicken Hill, who worked together to keep the boy safe.


More about the author:

James McBride is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Oprah’s Book Club selection Deacon King Kong, the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, the 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 and an accomplished musician, McBride is also a distinguished writer in residence at New York University.

Event address: 
Neptunian Women's Club
920 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266