Musician and author James McBride returns to LIVE to mark the paperback publication of his book, Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul, a story that speaks to the tensions and contradictions of the American experience: between North and South, black and white, rich and poor. He is joined by journalist and author Philip Gourevitch.
JAMES MCBRIDE is the author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner, The Good Lord Bird, as well as the bestselling novels Song Yet Sung, Miracle at St. Anna, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water. He is also a saxophonist and composer who teaches music to children in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, where he was born. He is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.
PHILIP GOUREVITCH is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, the former editor of The Paris Review, and the author of three books: The Ballad Of Abu Ghraib / Standard Operating Procedure, A Cold Case, and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, which won a number of prizes including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award. He is completing a new book, in which he revisits Rwanda, called, You Hide That You Hate Me And I Hide That I Know. His profile of James Brown, "Mr. Brown" was included in the volume, Best Music Writing 2003.
Rep. John Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin discuss "March: Book Three" at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: John Lewis has served as the U.S. States representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District since 1987. He is senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party. Rep. Lewis had been serving America long before his congressional career began, as he is revered as a major civil rights icon, lending his resounding moral voice to the cause for more than 50 years. He was a key player in the movement to end racial discrimination and segregation as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In his graphic memoir trilogy, "March," published with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell, Rep. Lewis recounts his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, chronicling the days of Jim Crow to the broader civil rights movement, and telling of his experience at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "March" has been recognized as the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book. His most recent release is the final volume, "March: Book Three".
Speaker Biography: Andrew Aydin is co-author, with Rep. John Lewis, of the best-selling graphic memoir series "March," which chronicles the life of Rep. Lewis as a civil rights icon and is illustrated by Nate Powell. The book series has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award special recognition and a Coretta Scott King Book Award author honor. His most recent publication is the final volume in the series, "March: Book Three". Aydin frequently lectures about the history of comics in the civil rights movement and has appeared as a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show, NPR, CBS This Morning, CNN, the BBC and many other programs. Currently he serves as digital director and policy advisor to Rep. Lewis in Washington, D.C.
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jane Smiley has now completed her remarkable American trilogy, a sweeping treatment of one Iowa family, the Langdons, over a century, with each chapter encapsulating one year. Golden Age picks up the story in 1987 and runs forward all the way to 2020, following generations of Langdons in the worlds of finance and government and on the battlefields of Iraq, even as the land itself—the Langdon farm, but the planet, too—comes back into focus in new and urgent ways.
This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.
This program was recorded on Nov 12, 2016, as part of Chicago Humanities Festival's Fallfest/16: Speed