What's Christa Couture reading?



The Next Chapter regularly asks Canadian musicians what books are on their bedside. On the May 7 episode, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Christa Couture discussed what she's currently reading: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

Christa Couture's Cree father was a traditional ceremonial singer and her mother was in a folk group. When Christa was in school, she sang in musicals and, for a while, she wanted to go to Broadway. Instead, she picked up the guitar and started writing her own songs. Her sophomore album, The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker won Best Folk Acoustic Album at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Her most recent EPs, Loved  and Lost, were released in June 2011.

Here's what Christa had to say about the iconic Anne of Green Gables:


"I was on a search for fiction with very specific parameters. I had sent out a note to friends saying, 'I need some reading suggestions, and it has to be fiction, preferably there will be some humour, some light-heartedness, ideally I don't want to read anything where any character dies.' I was looking for pure distraction. I didn't want to be challenged, I just wanted to be charmed. Finally, someone said, 'What about Anne of Green Gables?' Surely, that would be a safe read. I thought, 'Right! I always wanted to read that.'

"It has met those needs. They are such gentle stories and sweet stories. Everything works out and no character is too sour to not be softened by Anne's charm. It's a bit flowery, it's a bit quaint, but because that's exactly what I was looking for, it's really satisfied that itch."

The Next Chapter airs on CBC Radio One on Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m.

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