Multi-talented James McBride-musician, journalist, author
James McBride was the surprise winner of the 2013 National Book Award, for his novel The Good Lord Bird. It's a comic treatment of controversial abolitionist John Brown, who led a violent crusade against slavery.
"I came to the understanding that this business of racism and race, it's all a bunch of puff and smoke. It's real if you let it be real. To me, it's not real, it's about humanity." - James McBride
The Good Lord Bird is published in paperback by Penguin.
This interview aired originally 12 January 2014.