Daily Times (Primos, PA)

McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ wins inaugural Gotham prize


NEW YORK » James McBride’s latest honor for the novel “Deacon King Kong” is a real New York story.

McBride’s fictional snapshot of a Brooklyn neighborho­od in late 1969 has won the inaugural Gotham Book Prize, given for outstandin­g writing about New York City. This year, McBride has also won the Anisfield-Wolf fiction award, given to a book that addresses racism and diversity, and a Carnegie Medal for fiction, presented by the American Library Associatio­n.

McBride will receive $50,000 for the Gotham prize, for which judges ranged from filmmaker Ric Burns to former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. McBride is also known for his million-selling memoir “The Color of Water” and the historical novel “Good Lord Bird,” winner of the National Book Award.

“It’s a thrill to be honored in your own hometown; it’s like having your very own parade,” McBride said in a statement Tuesday.

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