‘Color of Water’ author to speak at Firelands’ All-College Book celebration

James McBride, an award-winning writer, composer and saxophonist, will speak at two keynote events on Oct. 19 during the BGSU Firelands All-College Book series.

He will discuss his memoir, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother at 12:30 p.m. in McBride Auditorium. The Color of Water is Firelands’ 2005 All-College Book.

McBride will also present “Color of Water: Search for Identity” and talk about his New York Times best-selling book at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center. A book sale and signing will follow. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the BGSU Firelands Faculty and Staff Scholarship Fund.

McBride’s book is the story of his mother, a Jewish woman from Poland who raised 12 black children in New York City and sent each to college.

He is a former staff writer for the Boston Globe, Washington Post and People. He was selected by President Bush to serve on the National Council on the Arts in 2003 and is the recipient of the American Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Award, the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award and the American Music Theatre Festival’s Stephen Sondheim Award.

McBride studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and an honorary doctorate in human letters from Whitman College and the College of New Jersey.

His visit is sponsored by the Dean’s Lecture Series, the Department of Humanities, and Student and Campus Activities at Firelands. The events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lesley Ruszkowski, assistant director of college relations, at 2-0613 or email .

October 10, 2005