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Speaker Sessions: Kristina Gaddy on the Banjo’s Hidden History
January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: Free and open to the public
In-person: RSVP here
Virtual: LINK here
Join author Kristina Gaddy for a discussion of her new book Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History. In an extraordinary story unfolding across two hundred years, Kristina uncovers the banjo’s key role in Black spirituality, ritual, and rebellion. Learn about the earliest history of the banjo through music, images, and a reading, with a special focus on the history of the banjo in Virginia and the resurgence of Black banjo players in American music today. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
About Kristina Gaddy
Kristina R. Gaddy, author of Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History and Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis, is a Baltimore-based writer and fiddler. She has received the Parsons Award from the Library of Congress, Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Rubys artist award. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Baltimore magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore Sun, Bitch Magazine, Narratively, Proximity, Atlas Obscura, OZY, Shore Monthly, and other smaller history and music publications.