The Elliott Bay Book Company presents: James McBride: Deacon King Kong

Mon, Mar 30 at 7:30pm

  • Books will be distributed at the event. Unclaimed books may be picked up at the Elliott Bay Book Company for 30 days after the event date.
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Please join us for an evening with James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, who will speak about his new book, Deacon King Kong, a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.  Tickets to this event include a copy of Deacon King Kong. 

James McBride is an accomplished musician and the author of the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, the bestselling American classic The Color of Water, the novels Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, the story collection Five-Carat Soul, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a biography of James Brown. The recipient of a National Humanities Medal, McBride is also a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University.

More about Deacon King Kong

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range.

The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.


Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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