Prize-winning documentary filmmaker, O'Connell visits us with a remarkable new book: The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist. Blind Tom, born in 1848 in Columbus, GA, was a piano prodigy and national curiosity in the 19th century who performed for thousands of people including Mark Twain. He also suffered at the hands of greedy promoters and managers, and this biography is a brilliant accounting of his life. Critics say its well researched narrative "reflects the tenor of the times, the culture of the Old South, the chaos of emancipation and Blind Tom's devotion to his performances."O'Connell will appear at the Columbus Library in Columbus, Georgia as part of the Georgia Humanities Council's "We the People" program, co-sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Library and The Georgia Center for the Book. (jasbro)
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