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"You can't be a novelist, you can't be a creative person, if you are so cynical about the world that everything you say and write is negative," says novelist James McBride. He won the 2013 National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Chia Messina/Courtesy of Riverhead hide caption

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

McBride's novel, Deacon King Kong, takes place in 1969, in a Brooklyn housing project similar to the one he grew up in. "In this book and in this community, people generally love each other," he says.

"You can't be a novelist, you can't be a creative person, if you are so cynical about the world that everything you say and write is negative," says novelist James McBride. He won the 2013 National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Chia Messina/Courtesy of Riverhead hide caption

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Chia Messina/Courtesy of Riverhead

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

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From WHYY in Philadelphia