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James McBride in Kalamazoo

"My visit there was 
the most fun I've had 
as a 'chosen book' 
participant."
         -James McBride

Thanks to generous community and sponsor support, Reading Together was able for the first time to bring its featured author to Kalamazoo. On March 9th and 10th, author and musician James McBride visited Kalamazoo for two event-filled days centered around The Color of Water

Despite bad weather and numerous flight delays, McBride happily greeted dozens of readers at two informal book signing events; one in Kalamazoo Public Library's Van Deusen Room on Thursday, March 9th, and the other at the Portage District Library the following afternoon. 

Wednesday evening, McBride presented his "Meditation on Identity" at Fresh Fire AME Church on Bronson Park. McBride spoke of his life, his family, his thoughts, and his experiences before opening the session up to questions and comments from audience members. An informal reception followed.

His desire to interact with young people was fulfilled with a powerful visit to the Juvenile Home on Thursday morning, and a 1 1/2 hour talk with 300 high school students at Chenery Auditorium. He found those students to be outstanding representatives of Kalamazoo and praised their parents, guardians and teachers.

McBride's visit was capped by a Thursday evening performance with his jazz band at First Baptist Church on Michigan Avenue.  The group featured pianist Sarah Jane Cion, bassist Calvin Jones, and drummer Charles Hopkins. 

McBride was relaxed and sincere as he conversed with the audience and led his band through a variety of jazz standards and originals.

After the concert, McBride remarked that Kalamazoo had the BEST community reading program he has participated in! He was noticeably impressed and humbled by the reception he received in Kalamazoo.  

Our sincere thanks to Mr. McBride and to all who made this outstanding event such a success!

Press coverage of McBride's visit

Kalamazoo Gazette, Sunday, March 06, 2005
Reading Together events.

Kalamazoo Gazette, Friday, March 11, 2005
'Color of Water' author McBride presides over swinging, soulful jazz concert.

More related press articles

Details of McBride's Kalamazoo visit

Comments from patrons...

"Thank you for the opportunity to meet James McBride. I really enjoyed his input on his own writing and his supportive comments about the local library. He is so right. Keep up the great work and innovative thinking." -JKW

"The opportunity to participate in the James McBride events was really wonderful for me, to read the book, hear the man and then listen to the music. It felt like such a complete experience somehow. He was amazing." -BL

 

 

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