Tuesday, February 24, 2009
THE BALLAD OF BLIND TOM, SLAVE PIANIST in USA Today
Deirdre O'Connell's biography of Blind Tom Wiggins, The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist, is featured in USA Today's round-up of top new titles published this month for Black History Month. Critic Bob Minzesheimer notes: "The Ballad of Blind Tom Wiggins, Slave Pianist (Overlook, $24.95) by Deirdre O'Connell re-creates the life and times of a former slave who may or may not have been autistic. Wiggins, who died in 1908, performed throughout the world and was able to reproduce any piece of music after a single listening."