From Moby to Arcade Fire to Emily Haines; I wallowed in their distinctive sounds, hoping to somehow harness the key to their originality and infuse it into my own work.
—Patti Grayson, author
In the spirit of Canada Reads
, Canada's biggest battle of the books, CBC Manitoba is proud to present Manitoba Reads, in partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers
and the Winnipeg International Writers Festival
, author of Autumn, One Spring
is one of the four finalists for Manitoba Reads. SCENE asked Grayson to tell us about the music she likes to listen to when she writes:
Movies have soundtracks we never forget. So, perhaps I'm not totally odd when I admit to believing I have a soundtrack to my writing life.
I wrote my first book Core Samples
, listening to the heartbreak and salvation in Jann Arden's albums. My writer's block was often stamped out by dancing solo in my living room to "Living Under June" and "Good Mother". Her music and lyrics inspired me, prodded me into the right frame of mind to write, and I can't encounter those songs now without harking back to the struggles and euphoria of completing my first short story collection.
My novel Autumn, One Spring
, was written over several years, and I turned to an array of artists during the manuscript's formative period. From Moby to Arcade Fire to Emily Haines; I wallowed in their distinctive sounds, hoping to somehow harness the key to their originality and infuse it into my own work. Later, during the editing stages of Autumn
, I thrived on watching Cyndi Lauper videos
. The novel is set in the 1980s, and nothing could immerse me more quickly into the mind-set and emotional state from that period than hearing "Time After Time
" or "True Colors
I am at work on a new novel in which there is an aspect of broad theatricality. I am listening to artists who depict that for me...Sarah Slean, Florence + the Machine, R.E.M., as well as some classical Baroque. I haven't ventured over to Italian Opera yet, but it may be required to coax out the next chapter. The Winnipeg International Writer's Festival THIN AIR 2012 festival kicks off with the finals for Manitoba Reads. Join CBC host Ismaila Alfa at the Centre Cultural Franco-Manitobain Friday September 21, at 8:00 p.m. for a fun face-off between advocates Jonathan Ball, Rosanna Deerchild, Mike Green, and Alix Sobler. The winning title will be announced on the Weekend Morning Show on Sunday, September 23.