Tickets Required: National Book Award Winner James McBride

Deacon King Kong
Event date: 
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning "The Good Lord Bird" will discuss his new novel, "Deacon King Kong" at 7 pm on Monday, March 9th. Please note that the event venue has changed - this event will now take place in the event space at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga, located at 424 Broadway.

This event is now sold out. There will be complimentary standing room available this evening on a first-come first-served basis, starting at 6 pm. 

From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning "The Good Lord Bird," comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range.

The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning "The Good Lord Bird." In "Deacon King Kong," McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.

As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion.

Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as "The Good Lord Bird" and as emotionally honest as "The Color of Water." Told with insight and wit, "Deacon King Kong" demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us. About the Author James McBride is an accomplished musician and the author of the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, the bestselling American classic The Color of Water, the novels Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, the story collection Five-Carat Soul, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a biography of James Brown. The recipient of a National Humanities Medal, McBride is also a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University.

Ticket buyers, please note that "Deacon King Kong" will be released on Tuesday, March 3rd. You will recieve your copy of the book at the event on March 9th.

Signing Guidelines:

All books for this event will be pre-signed. There will be no signing line the night of the event.

 

 

Staff Pick Badge
Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

Staff Pick Badge
The Good Lord Bird: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632785
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Riverhead Books - August 5th, 2014

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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594481925
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2006

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Northshire Manchester Store

Northshire Manchester
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
ph. 802.362.2200
ph. (toll free) 800.437.3700
Daily 10am-6pm
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Northshire Saratoga Store

Northshire Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
ph. 518.682.4200
ph. (toll free) 855.339.5990
Daily 10am-6pm
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