With summer music festival season upon us, many great artists are hitting the road. Part of their preparation for such treks is coming up with methods to while away the many hours of travel and waiting to get on stage. Among the best distractions is a good book, so we're catching up with musicians to see what titles inspire or excite them.
Canada boasts few young artists with as much international appeal and recognition as Feist. The Juno- and Polaris Music Prize-winning artist has been a guest on Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live and her latest album, Metals, is among her most acclaimed to date. Beginning June 28, Feist has select tour dates in Canada and the U.S. this summer. Here she provides a glimpse into her recent literary fixations.
What book are you currently reading?
I started reading The Sisters Brothers [by Patrick deWitt] last night as I was dozing off and ended up staying up until the shocking orange of the sunrise stung my eyes, which sort of felt like a scene from the book. Every time my eyes would start to cross and I'd attempt to put it down, I'd fall into a half sleep and dreams would gather like a fog from all the gruesome imagery I'd just ingested. I'd have to turn the light on in half certainty there was a horse's eye on my pillow, or that the back of my head had just caved in. It's a classic page-turner and I've promised to finish it by tonight to pass it on to the next person waiting in line.
What book are you hoping to read next/on tour?
The next book I have on deck is The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. I read Middlesex last year and want to dive back into a book made by that calibre of mind.
What book helped make a past tour more enjoyable?
I have a problem that I read as if I'm eating popcorn; I concentrate on it while not thinking about it, time passes and it's as if it never happened. I can't honestly think of what I read last year, but I always have a book in my bag. I've begun to feel that my mind has no true equilibrium unless I'm living a parallel life inside some book, and on tour there are plenty of places to want to ignore and transport beyond. I vaguely feel I read some really good ones, but since I'm travelling now and don't have my bookshelf handy to refer to, I can't rightly say.