Event Details

Location: Buffalo, NY



The September 15 Book Club over ZOOM will feature
The Color of Water by James McBride.

On September 22, 2016, President Barack Obama awarded McBride the 2015 National Humanities Medal “for humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America. Through writings about his own uniquely American story, and his works of fiction informed by our shared history, his moving stories of love display the character of the American family.”
Copies in different formats are available in the Erie County Library System.Many of the libraries are now open for curbside service or for entrance., and the book reservation system is now available.

Title: The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother
Author: James McBride
Date: September 15, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Book Summary:
“Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared “light-skinned” woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage…” (from Amazon) ” The two stories, son’s and mother’s, beautifully juxtaposed, strike a graceful note at a time of racial polarization.” (from NYTimes Book Review)

For event questions, please contact Celinda A. Crego at cac432@aol.com.

For registration questions, please contact Brendan West at btw27@cornell.edu.