Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Author James McBride, on Making History Accessible

Author James McBride
Author James McBride

National Book Award winner James McBride will be at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore this weekend.  His latest novel "The Good Lord Bird," depicts famous abolitionist John Brown.

The book takes place on the plains of Kansas, where Brown is waging war on slavery.  It concludes with Brown’s famous raid at Harper’s Ferry a few years later.  "I wanted to create a version of him that was accessible to people and that was funny," said McBride.  "Books about American history and particularly about slavery are very rarely funny." 

 Tom Hall talks with James McBride about the book.  They'll speak in person tomorrow, April 11,  at the CityLit Festival at the Pratt Library at 3 pm.  More details--and the full list of speakers--here.