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Author James McBride's new book is Deacon King Kong. Chia Messina hide caption

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'Emphasize The Positive': James McBride On The Kindness That Shaped Him

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James McBride is also the author of The Color of Water and won the National Book Award for Fiction for The Good Lord Bird. He's shown above in Paris on Sept. 23, 2015. Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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James McBride's Advice For New Writers: 'A Simple Story Is The Best Story'

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James McBride Says Fiction Writing Allows Him More Freedom

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The Lonely Side Of James Brown

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Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand-New Sound

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Author James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for fiction for The Good Lord Bird, about the journey of a young slave in the 1850s. Victoria Will/AP hide caption

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'Good Lord Bird' Gives Abolitionist Heroes Novel Treatment

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James McBride Reads from the Book

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