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James McBride is an accomplished musician and award-winning author of acclaimed novels such as The Good Lord Bird, The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung, and Miracle at St. Anna. Elliott Bay Book Company presents McBride on Town Hall’s stage for a conversation about his newest book Deacon King Kong, a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.
McBride’s novel introduces us to a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat who shuffles into the courtyard of a housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and publicly shoots the project’s drug dealer. The novel unpacks this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it, following the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx witnesses, the white neighbors, the local cops, the church congregation, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. Sit in with McBride for an exploration of the power of a single act of violence to ripple through entire communities.
Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.