James McBride, Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, won the National Book Award for fiction for his Civil War-era novel, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead, 2013).
McBride has been on the faculty at New York University since 2005. One of his previous books, Miracle at St. Anna (Riverhead, 2002) was made into a film of the same title by Spike Lee.
McBride is also an accomplished jazz musician. He studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He has been a staff writer for the Boston Globe, Washington Post, and People magazine.