Saturday, February 18, 2012

UCF Book Festival: James McBride will be the Keynote Speaker

The UCF Book Festival is coming up at the end of March. Between now and then I'll post some of the events happening at The Arena on the Orlando Campus that you won't want to miss.  

This week I'd like to feature that James McBride will be the Keynote Speaker.  He is scheduled to speak at 11:00 am on March 31, 2012.   

McBride is the acclaimed author of The Color of Water, a New York Times best seller for two years.  He also wrote Miracle at St. Anna, the story of a black American soldier who befriends an Italian boy during World War II. It was hailed as a "searingly, soaringly beautiful novel" by The Baltimore Sun. The book became a major motion picture through Touchstone/Disney, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee.

McBride's latest effort is Song Yet Sung, a national bestseller about slaves and slave catchers on Maryland's eastern shore. The book is the 2009 choice of the Maryland Humanities Council "One Book/One Maryland."

He is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. He also appears with his colorful jazz band, highlighting his amusing stories of redemption, forgiveness, and identity with wonderful musical accompaniment. 

The festival website lists his topics as:  
  • The Color of Water: A Meditation on Identity
  • The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script
  • Appreciating Cultural Differences
  • Inspire to Live: A Lecture/Performance on Learning To Fail
In addition to the Keynote Address, there are scheduled author forums, free book appraisals, activities for children, and exhibitors.
For more information about the festival, go to UCF Book Festival

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