book talk


Sweet Bitter Blues: A Conversation with Authors Phil Wiggins & Frank Matheis

TimeThursday, March 19, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall

Please join us as the Library hosts authors Phil Wiggins and Frank Matheis in a conversation about Sweet Bitter Blues, a compelling and personal narrative about the Piedmont blues scene in the Washington, D.C., area. Many of the region’s best-known traditional bluesmen and women had deep roots in Virginia, including Flora Molton, Archie Edwards, and Wiggins’s long-time musical partner, John Cephas. Audience members will also be treated to a performance of Piedmont blues by Wiggins, a widely acknowledged master of the Piedmont style and a blues harmonica legend.


This is the inaugural event in the 2020 Carole Weinstein Author Series, which supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. A reception opens this evening at 5:30 PM, followed by the program at 6:00 PM and a book signing at 7:15 PM. Books are available for pre-order in the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524 or for purchase at For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or

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