For immediate release | December 17, 2013

James McBride and band wrap up Midwinter with reading-inspired music

CHICAGO -- Wrapping up 2014 Midwinter in Philadelphia and revving up for Annual Conference in Las Vegas, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction and bestselling author James McBride and his gospel quintet will have attendees on their feet with their mix of exuberant spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel music. The band will combine selected readings with music inspired, and in some cases even sung in the nineteenth century, by the abolitionist John Brown, as they present McBride’s award-winning novelThe Good Lord Bird.” The Wrap Up/Rev Up performance is 2 - 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.

The novel, described by the New York Times as “magnificent,” by People as “wildly entertaining” and by NPR as a book “so imaginative you’ll race to the finish,” tells the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade — and who must pass as a girl to survive. With McBride on saxophone, the band also includes Keith Robinson on guitar, Trevor Exter on bass, Show Tyme Brooks on drums, Adam Faulk on piano and the whole band on vocals.

Several YouTube videos offer a taste of the music as well as interviews with McBride, an accomplished musician and also author of “The Color of Water,“ among other books. His second book, “Miracle at St. Anna,” was optioned for film with Spike Lee directing and co-producing. McBride has written for the Washington Post, People, the Boston Globe, Essence, Rolling Stone and the New York Times and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

McBride and the band’s appearance is sponsored by Riverhead Books.

Attendees can start Wrap Up/Rev Up celebrations any time on Monday in the Exhibit Hall with discount sales and special giveaways in exhibitors’ booths. Prizes including a free registration for 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas will be given away after the performance.

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