JEFFREY RENARD ALLEN talks about musical legend Thomas Wiggins, AKA Blind Tom
JEFFREY RENARD ALLEN discusses SONG OF THE SHANK with Ethan NosowskyFree
JEFFREY RENARD ALLEN’s novel SONG OF THE SHANK is about Thomas Wiggins, AKA Blind Tom, a legendary 19th-century African American pianist who has been almost entirely erased from the history books. Born a slave and a musical savant, Tom was a stage sensation, though there are no recordings of his performances. But in the talented hands of Jeffery Renard Allen, Tom’s story becomes a stunning novel that blends history and fantastical invention.In conversation with editorial director of Graywolf press, Ethan Nosowsky.