James McBride is a writer and composer. His memoir, The Color of Water (Riverhead/Putnam), is an American literary classic. It rested on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years, and is read in colleges across America. His latest book is Miracle At St. Anna (Riverhead 2003), a novel. He is a former staff writer for The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal, The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post (Style Section). His work has appeared in The New York Times and Rolling Stone. He holds several awards for his work as a composer, including The American Music Theater Festival's Stephen Sondheim Award. He has written songs for Anita Baker and Grover Washington, Jr., among others. He attended Oberlin College (1979 BM Communications), Columbia University (MSJ, Journalism,1980), and Sidewalk University (everybody graduates). He holds several honorary doctorates and has lectured at various venues across America.