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Glenn Gould Lives on Through Kate Braid's Poetry

Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008

The official “Year of Glenn Gould” has just come to a close, but Vancouver poet Kate Braid continues to pay tribute to the beloved Canadian pianist with her newest collection, A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems (Caitlin Press). Braid will release her book in Lantzville on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00pm at the Black Dog Café in Lantzville Plaza. The event also celebrates the publication of Hiding Places by Timothy Brownlow (Oolichan Books).

A Well-Mannered Storm is an exploration of imagined correspondence between Gould and “K,” an admiring fan. Braid’s collection weaves an intimate dynamic as K struggles with the loss of her hearing in one ear, finding her greatest comfort in Gould’s music--particularly as he plays Bach. Gould’s poems don’t directly reply, but echo a response as he struggles with his own difficult life; his family, his health, his strong beliefs in how music should be presented and his personal habits considered “eccentric” by an ever-watchful press.

Kate Braid has won the Vancity Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her previous poetry collections. Her books include Inward to the Bones: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Journey with Emily Carr and To This Cedar Fountain. She has also written several books of non-fiction and co-edited, with Sandy Shreve, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Braid lives in Burnaby, BC.