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Author James McBride Gives Advice to Students at Fordham

James McBride, author of the memoir The Color of Water, spoke at Fordham on April 15th. Picture courtesy of the University of Utah.

By Joe Marvilli, Assit. Online Editor

“The art of surrendering to my innocence helped make me a good writer,” said James McBride, author of The Color of Water. That quote was one of many helpful bits of knowledge that McBride told a packed atrium of Fordham students and professors on April 15th.

Dr. Elizabeth Stone introduced McBride to gracious applause from the entire crowd.  After joking to just read his book out loud for the next four hours, McBride talked for about 15 minutes on The Color of Water, a memoir that alternates between his early life and first-person accounts of his mother’s life before he was born.

Appearing relaxed and low-key, he requested that he spend the rest of the hour-long event answering questions from the audience.  From there, McBride discussed anything and everything.  Topics included his favorite authors (James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut), the Civil Rights Movement (“Malcom X was revered in the black community in New York.”), and politics today (the former journalist said there’s no real difference between Democrats and Republicans).

Several students also asked for advice on their own writing.  Some of his best advice?  “Don’t let fear stop you from doing what you want to do.”

For more on James McBride’s visit, make sure to read the next issue of the Fordham Observer, which will hit stands on April 22nd.

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  1. March 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

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