James McBride will offer an afternoon of music and storytelling beginning at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Stamps Auditorium. The event is presented by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

McBride is a saxophonist and author of several books including the best-selling memoir ‘The Color of Water,” “Song Yet Sung,” “Miracle at St. Anna” and “The Good Lord Bird,” for which he received the 2013 National Book Award for fiction. McBride’s latest book, “Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown,” is forthcoming in 2016.

James McBride

McBride touches upon life’s rich lessons, exploring the nature of identity, race and heritage. Appearing with his jazz ensemble, he uses music to inspire audiences and lift his colorful, often humorous stories to another level.

“All of my work speaks to the commonality of the human experience,” he says. “That’s where I live, to move audiences to think, to question and to find common ground.”