Join Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s All of It, as she hosts National Book Award-winning author, James McBride for a discussion of his book, Deacon King Kong. Plus, hear a special musical performance by vocal percussionist Butterscotch.
In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by a 1969 south Brooklyn shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and the shooter himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters– caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York– overlap in unexpected ways.
Buy a ticket for yourself and read along with Alison and Team All of It, or buy a table and get your whole book club to come along!
Join Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s All of It, alongside bestselling authors and fellow book lovers on the air, online and in person for this monthly book club series. We’ll read books, share our progress on Instagram and gather for monthly evenings in The Greene Space with Alison and a marquee author. You’ll have the opportunity to spend some time with the author and ask your burning questions about the novel.
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.
Butterscotch, the vocal percussionist virtuosa, uses her powerful voice to defy gender and music social constructs. She began her career in the underground male-dominated beatbox battle scene, where she was crowned the world’s first female beatbox champion. Butterscotch blends Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul and Reggae and her shows are emotionally and physically invigorating with her trifecta fusion of singing, beatboxing, and playing either piano or guitar simultaneously, or creating endless layers on her loop station. Butterscotch courageously sings about her love life, depression, and daily struggles of being a biracial queer woman of color. Her philanthropic mission is to empower and elevate people through music and compassion.
Butterscotch has opened up for Erykah Badu, Earth, Wind & Fire, Thievery Corporation, Sergio Mendes, Wyclef Jean and other musical legends.