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James McBride

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

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 James McBride Biography

James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, "The Color of Water," rested on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, and is considered to be an American classic.

His debut novel, "Miracle at St. Anna" was translated into a major motion picture directed by American film icon Spike Lee. McBride co-wrote "Red Hook Summer", a coming-of-age story about the issues of race, neighborhood gentrification, impotent police, and the ravaging effects of drugs and gang violence on the African American community. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. His novel, "Song Yet Sung," was released in 2009, and "The Good Lord Bird," about American revolutionary John Brown, is the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia School of Journalism, McBride has written for The Boston Globe, People and The Washington Post. As an award-winning composer and saxophonist, McBride has penned songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and Gary Burton, as well as for the PBS character “Barney.”

In his keynotes, McBride touches upon life’s rich lessons, exploring the nature of identity, race and heritage. He often appears with his own jazz ensemble, using music to inspire audiences and lift his colorful, often humorous stories to another level.

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Books
The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

Song Yet Sung

Song Yet Sung

Miracle at St. Anna (Movie Tie-in)

Miracle at St. Anna (Movie Tie-in)

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (10th Anniverary Edition)

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (10th Anniverary Edition)

Speaking Topics
  • The Color of Water: A Meditation on Identity

    In this touching keynote speech, diversity speaker James McBride discusses the importance of learning to forgive one's past mistakes in order to press forward towards success, and the importance of failure as a successful tool for learning. McBride stresses that it is never too late to change. He uses examples from his own life and the lives of those he's come across in his wide experience to encourage young people to embrace their history, their identity, and appreciate the differences of those around them. Who are you? A human? A student? An American citizen? You can be all of those things and more, but what part of those things is most important? McBride uses his experience of having growing up in an ethnically mixed environment to teach audiences to be kind, be a learner, and be a self starter.

  • Improvisation, Teamwork & Following Your Instincts: Finding Success Through the Principles of Jazz

    In this innovative program, best-selling author and professional musician James McBride shares how the basic principles of jazz
    • including being willing to improvise, working as a team, being creative, following your instincts, and thinking outside of the box
    • can be applied to the world of business for lasting results. He peppers his talk with funny and intriguing anecdotes, while illustrating his points with toe-tapping numbers performed along with a full band of career jazz artists.

  • The Good Lord Bird: Faith & American Slavery

    In a brand-new program, James McBride shares the powerful story of John Brown, a white American abolitionist who in 1859--along with 19 others--attacked the largest arsenal of weapons in America, ultimately prompting the Civil War by terrorizing the South and galvanizing the abolitionists in the North. In this presentation, which is based around his National Book Award winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride shares the story of John Brown, using gospel and spiritual music of the time to frame his life and how it is presented in the book. Audiences will feel inspired and uplifted by the amazing music, the real-life story of a true American hero, and the powerful words of one of our greatest public speakers.

  • The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script

    A "musical" lecture focusing on the importance of the liberal arts as learning tools for life.

  • Inspire to Live: A Lecture/Performance on Learning to Fail

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  • HOW TO BOOK James McBride?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James McBride for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for James McBride, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for James McBride or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK James McBride?

    Booking fees for James McBride, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James McBride, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR James McBride?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James McBride for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book James McBride for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent James McBride or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James McBride or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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James McBride

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

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James McBride Biography

James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, "The Color of Water," rested on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, and is considered to be an American classic.

His debut novel, "Miracle at St. Anna" was translated into a major motion picture directed by American film icon Spike Lee. McBride co-wrote "Red Hook Summer", a coming-of-age story about the issues of race, neighborhood gentrification, impotent police, and the ravaging effects of drugs and gang violence on the African American community. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. His novel, "Song Yet Sung," was released in 2009, and "The Good Lord Bird," about American revolutionary John Brown, is the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia School of Journalism, McBride has written for The Boston Globe, People and The Washington Post. As an award-winning composer and saxophonist, McBride has penned songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and Gary Burton, as well as for the PBS character “Barney.”

In his keynotes, McBride touches upon life’s rich lessons, exploring the nature of identity, race and heritage. He often appears with his own jazz ensemble, using music to inspire audiences and lift his colorful, often humorous stories to another level.

James McBride Videos

  • James McBride Interview: That's the America I Live In
    “When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you.” In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of...
  • James McBride: 2013 National Book Festival
    James McBride appears at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

James McBride Books

Speaker Lists Featuring James McBride

James McBride Speaking Topics

  • The Color of Water: A Meditation on Identity

    In this touching keynote speech, diversity speaker James McBride discusses the importance of learning to forgive one's past mistakes in order to press forward towards success, and the importance of failure as a successful tool for learning. McBride stresses that it is never too late to change. He uses examples from his own life and the lives of those he's come across in his wide experience to encourage young people to embrace their history, their identity, and appreciate the differences of those around them. Who are you? A human? A student? An American citizen? You can be all of those things and more, but what part of those things is most important? McBride uses his experience of having growing up in an ethnically mixed environment to teach audiences to be kind, be a learner, and be a self starter.

  • Improvisation, Teamwork & Following Your Instincts: Finding Success Through the Principles of Jazz

    In this innovative program, best-selling author and professional musician James McBride shares how the basic principles of jazz
    • including being willing to improvise, working as a team, being creative, following your instincts, and thinking outside of the box
    • can be applied to the world of business for lasting results. He peppers his talk with funny and intriguing anecdotes, while illustrating his points with toe-tapping numbers performed along with a full band of career jazz artists.

  • The Good Lord Bird: Faith & American Slavery

    In a brand-new program, James McBride shares the powerful story of John Brown, a white American abolitionist who in 1859--along with 19 others--attacked the largest arsenal of weapons in America, ultimately prompting the Civil War by terrorizing the South and galvanizing the abolitionists in the North. In this presentation, which is based around his National Book Award winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride shares the story of John Brown, using gospel and spiritual music of the time to frame his life and how it is presented in the book. Audiences will feel inspired and uplifted by the amazing music, the real-life story of a true American hero, and the powerful words of one of our greatest public speakers.

  • The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script

    A "musical" lecture focusing on the importance of the liberal arts as learning tools for life.

  • Inspire to Live: A Lecture/Performance on Learning to Fail

FAQs on booking James McBride

  • How to book James McBride?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James McBride for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for James McBride, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for James McBride or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book James McBride?

    Booking fees for James McBride, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James McBride, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for James McBride?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James McBride for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book James McBride for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent James McBride or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James McBride or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

James McBride is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book James McBride for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. James McBride generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Spike Lee, Victoria Rowell, Kevin Powell, Juan Williams and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James McBride for an upcoming event.

James McBride Speaker Videos

  • James McBride Interview: That's the America I Live In
    “When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you.” In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of Ferguson and America’s refusal to take a long...
    James McBride: 2013 National Book Festival
    James McBride appears at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

James McBride Speaking Topics

  • The Color of Water: A Meditation on Identity

    In this touching keynote speech, diversity speaker James McBride discusses the importance of learning to forgive one's past mistakes in order to press forward towards success, and the importance of failure as a successful tool for learning. McBride stresses that it is never too late to change. He uses examples from his own life and the lives of those he's come across in his wide experience to encourage young people to embrace their history, their identity, and appreciate the differences of those around them. Who are you? A human? A student? An American citizen? You can be all of those things and more, but what part of those things is most important? McBride uses his experience of having growing up in an ethnically mixed environment to teach audiences to be kind, be a learner, and be a self starter.

  • Improvisation, Teamwork & Following Your Instincts: Finding Success Through the Principles of Jazz

    In this innovative program, best-selling author and professional musician James McBride shares how the basic principles of jazz
    • including being willing to improvise, working as a team, being creative, following your instincts, and thinking outside of the box
    • can be applied to the world of business for lasting results. He peppers his talk with funny and intriguing anecdotes, while illustrating his points with toe-tapping numbers performed along with a full band of career jazz artists.

  • The Good Lord Bird: Faith & American Slavery

    In a brand-new program, James McBride shares the powerful story of John Brown, a white American abolitionist who in 1859--along with 19 others--attacked the largest arsenal of weapons in America, ultimately prompting the Civil War by terrorizing the South and galvanizing the abolitionists in the North. In this presentation, which is based around his National Book Award winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride shares the story of John Brown, using gospel and spiritual music of the time to frame his life and how it is presented in the book. Audiences will feel inspired and uplifted by the amazing music, the real-life story of a true American hero, and the powerful words of one of our greatest public speakers.

  • The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script

    A "musical" lecture focusing on the importance of the liberal arts as learning tools for life.

  • Inspire to Live: A Lecture/Performance on Learning to Fail

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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