Violinist Karl Stobbe (Frank Yong)
I have always wanted to read one of the great Russian epics, so I have Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace up next on my nightstand
—Karl Stobbe, violinist
Described as an artist with "soulful musicianship" by the San Francisco Classical Voice (2008), Karl Stobbe has made a name for himself as one of Canada's most accomplished and diverse violinists. And he's based right here in Winnipeg!
He performs regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. As part of the Millennium Centre summer series, Karl Stobbe will perform music by Bach and Ysaye at 389 Main Street on June 26 at noon.
SCENE asked Karl what was on his reading pile. Turns out he has four books on the go!
Reading holds a special place in our family. I really enjoy reading with my kids, and I try to keep up with their books so I can at least attempt to have an educated conversation with them about what they read. My 11-year old daughter is an especially prolific reader and has read all the Harry Potter Books, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games in the last year. Reading these books with her (or re-reading in the case of the Tolkien epics) was fun and easy.
On top of that, my wife is an academic and an author, and I try to spend time reading her work and other books in her field. She recently co-wrote an edited volume, Critical Aspects of Gender in Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, and Social Movements. I ended up doing a lot of reading on the topic just so I could understand the intricacies of what the book was about.
Although I consider all these things to be reading "for me", I've only actually read a few books recently that I personally picked. To highlight four I particularly enjoyed: Gabor Mate's In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts on addiction and poverty; Stephen King's excellent essay/auto-biography On Writing; and two fiction novels - Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood, and Paul Quarrington's The Ravine.
I have always wanted to read one of the great Russian epics, so I have Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace up next on my nightstand. I haven't really started it yet and must admit to finding it fairly intimidating. I'll be travelling a fair bit this summer so I'm hoping that I'll manage to get into it then. I'll let you know how it goes....